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HealthDay (4/27, Reinberg) reported that, according to a study published in the May issue of Pediatrics, “children of older mothers and children who have breech deliveries are almost twice as likely to develop autism spectrum disorders (ASD).” For the study, researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine “collected data on eight-year-olds born in Utah in 1994 who were diagnosed with ASD in 2002 via the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.” The team “found birth records for 132 of these children.” Next, the “group…compared those children’s birth records with the records of 13,200 boys and girls who did not have ASD,” and discovered that “ASD occurred more often among children of mothers 35 and older, mothers who were having their first child, and children born in a breech delivery.” Specifically, “for mothers 35 and older, the risk that their child will develop ASD is 1.6 times greater than for children of younger women, and for women having their first child, the risk is 1.8 times higher than if she has delivered before.”

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