Children Conceived Through Assisted Reproductive Technology May Have Higher Likelihood Of Autism.

HealthDay (3/20, Reinberg) reports that a study published online March 19 in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that “children conceived through assisted reproductive technology [ART], such as in vitro fertilization, are twice as likely to have autism as those conceived without assistance.” Investigators “only found an association, which may be explained by multiple births and other risks, not the infertility treatment itself, experts said.”

Medical Daily (3/20, Dovey) reports, “The study is the largest to date to investigate the relationship between ART and autism, and involved 5,926,251 live births, including 48,865 infants conceived via ART and 32,922 cases of autism diagnosed by the [California] Department of Developmental Services.” The article also points out, “Individuals with autism are categorized with social impairments and behavioral patterns, according to the National Institutes of Health.”

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— “IVF Kids May Have Higher Odds of Autism, Study Finds,”Steven Reinberg, HealthDay, March 19, 2015.

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