Autism Four Times Likelier When Mother's Thyroid is Weakened

Annals of Neurology
Date Published: 
August 13, 2013

A study from the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute and Erasmus Medical Centre discovered that mothers who do not produce enough of a thyroid hormone, thyroxine, are nearly four times more likely to have a child with autism. In the past, this hormone has been shown to be important in the migration of fetal brain cells during embryo development.