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Induced labor linked to higher autism risk


Artificially stimulating labor is associated with a slightly higher risk of autism, but researchers caution that the link may be complicated, TIME reports. In a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, women who needed to jump-start their labor or artificially speed up delivery were up to 23 percent more likely to have children diagnosed with autism than those who didn’t avail themselves of these methods. The scientists stress, however, that it’s not clear whether the delivery method was responsible for the higher rate of the developmental disorder, or whether babies with autism don’t send the proper signals for a timely and speedy birth…

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