Induced, augmented labor linked to higher risk of autism

08/12/2013 | Reuters · CNN/The Chart blog

Infant boys whose mothers' labor was both induced and augmented had a 35% greater risk of having autism than those whose mothers had unassisted labor, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. The risk of autism also increased among baby boys for either procedure alone. Among baby girls, only labor augmentation was significantly linked to increased autism risk. Researchers said that intravenous drugs used during delivery may explain the findings, and if that is the case, approximately two of every 1,000 autism cases could be prevented among boys if their mothers do not undergo induction or augmentation.

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