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  • 1.  Researchers found that the risk of autism increased by nearly 70 percent when moms were obese during their pregnancies, while the risk of a having a baby with some other neurodevelopmental disorder doubled, according to the study published early online Monday in Pediatrics. research in San Diego suggests that women who have diabetes, hypertension, or who are obese before pregnancy are more likely to have children with autism. According to Irva Hertz- Picciotto, PhD, an autism researcher at the University of California, Davis MIND Institute, “For mothers with at least one of these conditions, there was a 60% increased risk for autism in the offspring…”
  • 2.  Approximately 1 in 110 U.S children have autism spectrum disorder. Researchers found that mothers of children with autism were 60% more likely to have one of the three previously mentioned conditions (obesity, diabetes, or hypertension).
  • 3.  researchers speculated that a metabolic disruption such as an inflammatory pathway might be linking these conditions (autism spectrum disorder or ASD.) Experts who attended the conference such as Alycia Halladay, PhD, a researcher for Autism Speaks, suggest that the best advice for women who have diabetes, high blood pressure, or are obese before pregnancy is to see a high-risk obstetrician.
  • 4.  On average, women face a 1 in 88 chance of having a child with autism; the results suggest that obesity during pregnancy would increase that to a 1 in 53 chance, the authors said.
  • 5. Autism refers to a range of related developmental disorders thatstart in childhood and affect the person for their whole life. Symptoms can be split into three broad groups:1) Problems with social interaction2) Impaired language and communication skills3) Unusual patterns of thought and behavior People with autism may also be over or under-sensitive to sounds, touch, taste, smells, light or color. Symptoms can range from mild to severe but all can cause anxiety. While some people with autism can live relatively independent lives, others may need a lifetime of specialist support. There is no cure but there are a number of treatments to help autistic people better cope with the world around them. Around one in 100 children in the UK have autism spectrum disorder. It is three times more common among boys than girls.
  • 6.  http://williamsknows.blogspot.com/2012/04/ob ese-women-could-be-increasing-risk-of.html http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=autism& view=detail&id=6246AAC0334E4C7B381A5C7E3A9 9ABBA7C3BC309&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_EB1JKBkAwQs/RhT6_ YM5RJI/AAAAAAAAAEw/E3Gdv2V8CBY/s400/broc awernickeconnections.jpg http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=autism& view=detail&id=8A29A299C85E3B017EFD61544D0 51F64BA6AE32A&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR