Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Autism runs in families with history of brain conditions

Children in families with a history of brain conditions are at increased odds of being autistic, a large study in Sweden suggests1. The more closely related the family members with these conditions, the greater the child’s chances of having autism.
Other studies have reported similar trends: A child’s odds of having autism increase if she has a sibling with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or intellectual disability, or a parent with schizophreniadepression, bipolar disorder or anxiety2,3,4.
The new study looked at family history of these conditions, as well as epilepsyand more than a dozen others, and included grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.