Fever During Pregnancy May Raise Odds for Autism in Offspring

Published June 1, 2012 in Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment (CHARGE) study

According to a new study from the University of California at Davis, moms who had a fever from any cause during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to have a child with autism or another developmental delay, when compared with moms whodid not run fever during pregnancy. Moms who had the flu during pregnancy were not at greater risk for having children with autism or another developmental delay.

The findings are culled from the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment (CHARGE) study. This is the same dataset that recently led to a report that moms who are obese or have diabetes may be at higher risk for having children with autism. The common denominator between diabetes, obesity and fever is inflammation.

http://www.everydayhealth.com/pregnancy/0530/fever-during-pregnancy-may-raise-odds-for-autism-in-offspring.aspx

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