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Very premature babies at greater risk for autism

Babies born very prematurely are at higher risk for developing autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests.

Researchers found differences in the brains of babies born before 27 weeks' gestation who were later diagnosed with the disorder, commonly known as autism.

Autism is usually linked with genetic factors, but the study's authors suggested birth weight and complications can increase children's risk for the condition.

"Our study shows that environmental factors can also cause autism," study co-author Ulrika Aden said in a news release from Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden, where she is a neonatologist. She is also a researcher in the department of women's and children's health at Karolinska Institute.


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http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/news/20151228/study-extremely-premature-babies-at-greater-risk-for-autism
Date
28th December 2015
Source
WebMD