Premature Birth Linked To Autism

Posted on February 4, 2009


According to a report released last week , children of premature birth are 2-3 times as likely to demonstrate characteristics of autism than normal births.

Researchers followed 988 US children born at least 3 months prematurely.

At age 2 the children were evaluated using a specific screening method- a checklist of about 28 behaviours.

Result: 21% of the subjects scored positive for possible autism. Compared to 6% of normal births.

To exclude these premature babies’ own developmental problems, researchers went further  by excluding those who have vision, motor and hearing impairments.

Result: 16 % still scored positive for possible autism.

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