Navigation Links
Low-Birthweight Babies at Much Higher Autism Risk
Date:10/17/2011

MONDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Low-birthweight babies are five times more likely to develop autism than normal-weight babies, a new study says.

It included 862 premature, low-birthweight infants born in New Jersey between October 1984 and July 1989 and followed until they were 21 years old. Their birthweights ranged from 500 grams (1.1 pound) to 2,000 grams (4.4 pounds).

Five percent of the children in the study developed autism, compared with 1 percent of those in the general population, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing researchers found.

The study appears online and in the November issue of Pediatrics.

Previous research has identified links between low birthweight and a number of problems with motor and cognitive skills, but this study is the first to show that low-birthweight children are also at increased risk for autism, according to the researchers.

"Cognitive problems in these children may mask underlying autism," wrote lead author Jennifer Pinto-Martin, director of the Pennsylvania Center for Autism and Development Disabilities Research and Epidemiology.

"If there is suspicion of autism or a positive screening test for ASD (autism spectrum disorders), parents should seek an evaluation for an ASD. Early intervention improves long-term outcome and can help these children both at school and at home," she said in a university news release.

Future research will examine possible links between brain hemorrhage (a common complication of premature birth) and autism. This will be done by examining brain ultrasounds of the children taken when they were newborns.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about autism.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, news release, Oct. 17, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Boys With Autism May Grow Faster as Babies
2. Lung function of moderately premature babies is reduced at 8-9 years but may improve with age
3. Bilingual Homes Help Babies Exercise Their Brain: Study
4. Toothless Grins Are Only Cute on Babies
5. Babies Born With Heart Disease Often Harmed by Gut Bacteria
6. Mothers Love Can Help Babies With Difficult Temperaments
7. Can oral care for babies prevent future cavities?
8. Prenatal Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements May Cut Babies Colds
9. Household smoke increases severity of bronchiolitis in babies
10. Fewer U.S. Teens Having Babies, Binge Drinking: Report
11. Effects of Aspergers syndrome noticeable in babies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Low-Birthweight Babies at Much Higher Autism Risk
(Date:7/18/2017)... Sherman Oaks, CA (PRWEB) , ... July 18, 2017 , ... ... and Ph.D. scientist extracted cannabis oils, announced today that at the WORLDZ Summit, taking ... Ryan will be speaking on the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis for both pediatric ...
(Date:7/18/2017)... ... July 18, 2017 , ... ClinicalTrials.gov and the ... You Need to Consider?, **An FDAnews Webinar**, Aug. 2, 2017 — 1:30 p.m. ... “Final Rule for Clinical Trials Registration and Results Information,” is a head-scratcher. After ...
(Date:7/18/2017)... Indio, California (PRWEB) , ... July 18, 2017 ... ... providers working on a lien basis, partners with the best medical professionals who ... Liens pre-screens and pre-approves each medical professional in their network, ensuring that each ...
(Date:7/18/2017)... ... July 18, 2017 , ... An inventor from Seattle, Wash., has developed ... to clean, scrub and moisturize the back and other hard-to-reach areas of the body. ... movement in my upper body, particularly my shoulders. I found it difficult to reach ...
(Date:7/18/2017)... ... 19, 2017 , ... USHEALTH Group, Inc. has been announced ... prestigious CEO World Awards®. The coveted annual CEO World Awards program encompasses ... case studies, corporate social responsibility, and milestones from every major industry in the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/11/2017)... July 11, 2017 Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... pharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral drug ... Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to schedule an End-of-Phase ... IIb trial of its oral insulin capsule ORMD-0801 in ... trial met primary and secondary endpoints by indicating a ...
(Date:7/10/2017)...  BDI Group subsidiary Pathway Purchasing Network, a ... serving specialty pharmacies, home infusion companies and physician ... value-added member programs designed to help organizations gain ... improve access and affordability for patients who rely ... Pathway has worked with ...
(Date:7/6/2017)... -- ThriveRx, the nutrition division of Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group, is celebrating ... support. To celebrate its anniversary, ThriveRx recently launched a redesigned ... look with improved organization to create the best user experience for consumers ... ... "We,ve made several great strides throughout ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: