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Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

Preemies have a higher risk of autism

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By Kerry Grens

NEW YORK | Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:16pm EDT

(Reuters Health) – The risk of developing autism among children who were born prematurely is five times greater than among kids born after a full-term pregnancy, according to a new study.

“Although this group is not the first to report a higher prevalence of autism in the low birth weight infant population, they’ve done a better job than anyone else in confirming the diagnosis with gold standard tools,” said Dr. Karl Kuban, chief of pediatric neurology at Boston Medical Center, who did not participate in the research.

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