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Autism risk linked to fever during pregnancy | ScienceDaily

Autism risk linked to fever during pregnancy | ScienceDaily

Fever during pregnancy may raise the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the child, according to a study led by scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The effect was most pronounced in the second trimester, raising odds for ASD by 40 percent. Risk of an ASD was increased by over 300 percent for the children of women reporting three or more fevers after the twelfth week of pregnancy.

The study is the most robust to date to explore the risk of ASD associated with fevers across the entire span of pregnancy, and of the capacity of two different types of commonly used anti-fever medications — acetaminophen and ibuprofen…

Source: Autism risk linked to fever during pregnancy: Prenatal exposure to maternal fever during the second trimester raised odds of autism spectrum disorder by 40 percent — ScienceDaily