Montana Autism Education Project
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Weak immune response in women may up autism risk in children
New data muddy the relationship between an inflammatory molecule in pregnant women and their chances of having a child with autism.
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Women who develop infections during pregnancy run an increased
risk of having a child with autism.
Most data indicate that an
overactive maternal immune response
underlies the risk.
But a new analysis runs contrary to this view: It ties high levels of an inflammatory protein in pregnant women to a low risk of autism in their children, suggesting that a strong immune response is protective
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