Link Between Preterm Birth, Risk For Autism, AD/HD Confirmed.

Medscape (10/3) reports that, according to a study published online Sept. 25 in JAMA Psychiatry, “researchers confirmed the strong link between preterm birth and the risk for autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD).” The study, which “identified all individuals born in Sweden from 1973 to 2008 (3,300,708 offspring of 1,736,735 mothers) and linked them with various outcomes through 2009,” also revealed that “other problems that have previously been closely linked to preterm birth, including severe mental illness, learning problems, suicide, and economic woes, may instead be more closely related to other conditions that family members share.”

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