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Family History of Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder May Up Kids' Risk for Autism, University of North Carolina School of Medicine Study


7/3/2012 7:06:00 AM

New research led by Patrick F. Sullivan, MD, FRANZCP, a medical geneticist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, points to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) among individuals whose parents or siblings have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. The findings were based on a case-control study using population registers in Sweden and Israel, and the degree to which these three disorders share a basis in causation "has important implications for clinicians, researchers and those affected by the disorders," according to a report of the research published online July 2, 2012 in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

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