(Reuters Health) - Researchers have long seen signs of autism in children born prematurely, and some studies have suggested that such signs can develop into full-blown autism in childhood. A study out Monday suggests that complications during pregnancy and early life may be responsible for this early risk.
It's unclear just how many children born prematurely will develop autism. The study, in the November issue of Pediatrics, included 1216 children with autistic disorders and 6080 without.(Read entire article)
There is growing evidence linking very premature birth to a dramatic increase in autism risk, but more study is needed to confirm the association.
Last spring, researchers from
Harvard Medical School and McGill University reported that one in four very low
preemies showed early signs of autistic behavior when evaluated before age