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Induced Labor May Boost Autism Risk in Kids, Duke University Medical Center Study  
8/13/2013 5:59:23 AM

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Boys born to mothers who needed their doctor to start or help along the birth may have a higher risk of autism, a study found. Boys whose mothers had labors that were induced, which stimulates the uterus to bring on contractions, or augmented, which increases the strength, duration and frequency of contractions, had a 35 percent greater risk of autism then children whose mothers didn’t need those procedures to help the births, according to research in JAMA Pediatrics.

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