Low Weight Babies Five Times More Likely To Have Autism Spectrum Disorder
[Source: Medical News Today]
Babies born with low birth weight have a considerably greater chance of being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, compared to those born with normal weight, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing and School of Medicine wrote in the journal Pediatrics. The authors considered a baby born weighing less than 2 kg (4.4 lbs) to be of low birth weight.
As background information, the authors explained that previous studies had found an association between low birth weight, prematurity and a higher risk of motor and cognitive disability. However, prior studies’ links with ASD (autism spectrum disorders) were not compelling – they were retrospective studies and subjects were screened without diagnostic confirmation.
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