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Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study

October 08, 2014

Children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of a sibling could be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests. However, both the study's lead author and an outside expert agree that the research can't prove that birth spacing has any causative role in autism. "Most importantly, it is important that parents understand that the odds for autism are still extremely low, even when pregnancies are close together or far apart," said outside expert Dr. Andrew Adesman. He is chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, in New Hyde Park, N.Y. To read more, click here

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