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New study confirms flu and/or fever in pregnancy linked to autism

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by natasa778, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. natasa778

    natasa778 Senior Member

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    http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/201...er-linked-with-autism-in-pregnancy-study?lite

    … “We found almost a twofold increased risk of infantile autism in the child after self-reported infection with influenza virus during pregnancy,” the researchers wrote. Children whose mothers said they had a fever lasting more than a week during pregnancy had triple the risk of autism.

    … They also found that women who took certain antibiotics were more likely to have a child with autism, but it’s not clear if it’s the drug itself, or if women who took antibiotics were perhaps sicker than the other women.

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    “Animal studies suggest that when the mother’s immune system is triggered during pregnancy, such as when she is fighting off an infection… that immune response might affect a child’s developing brain,” Boyle said.

    It’s also not clear if there is something special about the influenza virus. “Misreporting of influenza is likely to be considerable; any episode of fever may be mistaken for influenza, and not all women infected with influenza virus might have been aware of this,” the researchers wrote.
     
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    maddietod Senior Member

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    To me, this is a perfect example of news you can't use. The photo shows a pregnant woman getting vaccinated, with a tag about flu vaccine preventing influenza. So somebody want to sell more flu shots.

    Then the study is described, wherein 1% of mothers who self-reported influenza while pregnant had children on the autistic spectrum.

    But don't worry because some of autism is genetic - proven by twin studies. If one twin is autistic, the other is likely to be..........but didn't they share the same womb environment? And I start to wonder about identical twins (do they both always have autism?).

    But don't worry because 99% of pregnant women with influenza didn't have autistic children!

    "News" like this would drive me crazy if I had an autistic child.
     
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  3. natasa778

    natasa778 Senior Member

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    Yes the actual article is awful, one has to be skilled to read it by weeding out the junk and be left with actual information.
     
  4. Forebearance

    Forebearance Senior Member

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    The study itself sounds like some kind of clue about what is going on.
    I want more researchers to get interested in the immune system as it relates to autism and ME/CFS.
     

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