Labor Linked to Autism - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe Sparks News, Weather, Video

Labor Linked to Autism

Posted: Updated:

Researchers have found a link between a pregnant woman's labor and the risk of having a child with autism. A new study from Duke Medicine found that inducing labor and increasing the strength or frequency of contractions may raise the chances of autism, especially in boys.  Dr. Simon Gregory is one of the researchers. "What we found was an elevated risk of around 35% risk for males who were induced and augmented."

Autism affects approximately one in 88 children in the United States. Doctors don't know exactly what causes autism, but scientists suspect genetics and environment play a role.

Michael Rosanoff is the associate director public health research for Autism Speaks. "This study gives us another environmental factor that may be influencing risk for autism. Again, while these findings are preliminary and the risk was modest it still raises some red flags."

That's because about 20% of births in the U.S. are induced. And about 70% are augmented.  But researchers caution the study doesn't show that these measures actually cause autism and that more study is needed. "What we haven't found is the reasons of the increase. It could have something to do with the circumstances of maternal health. It could be events at birth or it could be the augmentation or induction process it self," says Dr. Gregory.

Doctors say the best advice for women is to learn about typical childhood development-- so you can spot the early warning signs of autism.

Written By Wendy Damonte
  • Kristen Remington's Health Watch ReportsMore>>

  • Painting without Pain: Medtronic Drug Pump

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 9:15 PM EDT2017-08-17 01:15:05 GMT

    A man born with cerebral palsy had a tough go for many years. He lived in constant pain - up until fairly recently. Find out what changed and why his world is now more colorful than ever before in Health Watch.

    More >>

    A man born with cerebral palsy had a tough go for many years. He lived in constant pain - up until fairly recently. Find out what changed and why his world is now more colorful than ever before in Health Watch.

    More >>
  • First West Nile Case Reported in Carson City-Douglas County Area for 2017

    First West Nile Case Reported in Carson City-Douglas County Area for 2017

    Friday, August 11 2017 5:11 PM EDT2017-08-11 21:11:13 GMT

    Carson City Health and Human Services and Douglas County Mosquito Abatement are reporting the first human case of West Nile virus in the Carson City-Douglas County area for 2017.

    More >>

    Carson City Health and Human Services and Douglas County Mosquito Abatement are reporting the first human case of West Nile virus in the Carson City-Douglas County area for 2017.

    More >>
  • Anthem Withdrawing From Nevada's Health Exchange for 2018

    Anthem Withdrawing From Nevada's Health Exchange for 2018

    Monday, August 7 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-08-07 23:09:12 GMT

    Anthem announced Monday that it will be withdrawing plans from Nevada’s Health Exchange in 2018. This means if you get insurance through healthcare.gov in 2018, Anthem no longer will be an option for Nevadans.

    More >>

    Anthem announced Monday that it will be withdrawing plans from Nevada’s Health Exchange in 2018. This means if you get insurance through healthcare.gov in 2018, Anthem no longer will be an option for Nevadans.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.