US study finds autism linked to induced labour
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US study out this week has found that pregnant women who take drugs to speed up their labour may have a higher risk of bearing children with autism.
The study in JAMA Pediatrics is the largest of its kind on the matter, but stops short of stating that induced labour is a cause of the developmental disorder which affects as many as one in 88 children in the United States.
Instead, it points to the need for more research, said senior author Marie Lynn Miranda, dean of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.
"The scientific community has long looked for environmental contributors to the rising rates of autism in the United States," she said in a statement.