Autism May Be Linked To Low Birth Weight

Low birth weight appears to be linked to autism, at least in some cases.

That's according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where doctors examined birth records for more than 550 children with autism, and compared them with a control group of children.

Babies born before 33 weeks gestation, and weighing less than 5 and a half pounds had a two-fold risk for autism. The risk was higher for low birth weight girls than boys.


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