Pregnant mothers' asthma and allergies linked to more severe autism in their children
A new study has found children with autism are more likely to have severe social symptoms if their mothers had chronic asthma or allergies while pregnant.
The research, published in the Molecular Psychiatry journal, involved testing 220 autistic children and examining the medical history of their mothers.
"We were looking for things like asthma, allergies, fevers, those sorts of things — as well as autoimmune conditions," said Professor Adam Guastella, from the Brain and Mind Centre at Sydney University.
"What we found were the children with mothers who had [those conditions] in pregnancy, those children showed greater severity of autism symptoms later in life."
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- 10th October 2017