Study: ‘Preemie’ Babies More Vulnerable to Autism Diagnosis Later
[Source Medical X-Press]
Babies born prematurely, even just a couple weeks early, may be at increased risk of autism, a large new study suggests.
It’s long been known that autism, a developmental brain disorder, is more common among children who were born preterm—before the 37th week of pregnancy.
Researchers said the new study, of more than 4 million people, gives a clearer breakdown of the risks associated with different degrees of prematurity.
It also points to a slightly higher prevalence of autism among children who were born just a couple weeks before their due date—what doctors call “early term.”
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