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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Autism Linked to Moms Who Smoke

Smoking moms are more likely to have a child with high-functioning autism, like Asperger’s Disorder, according to a new study by researchers involved in the US autism surveillance program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It has long been known that autism is an umbrella term for a wide range of disorders that impair social and communication skills,” said Amy Kalkbrenner, assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, lead author. “What we are seeing is that some disorders on the autism spectrum, more than others, may be influenced by a factor such as whether a mother smokes during pregnancy.”

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