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Factors related to risk of autism
Strathearn, Lane Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
Smith, Eboni Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
- Increasing incidence?
- Genetic risk factors
- The vexed question of vaccines
- Advanced parental age
- Perinatal factors
- Prenatal androgen excess
- Social impairment and oxytocin
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Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by significant impairment in social interaction and communication, and by restricted, repetitive, or stereotyped behaviors. By definition, impairment is noted early in development, before the age of 3 years. With more than 1% of children affected with this disorder, understanding the factors related to risk of autism is an urgent imperative.
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