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Exposure to epilepsy drug in the womb raises risk of autism
Exposure to epilepsy drug in the womb raises risk of autism

(January 30, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Liverpool - Exposure to an epilepsy drug while in the womb raises risk of autism in the child, according to a report published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. Researchers studied the children born to over 500 pregnant women from 2000-2004. Less than half of the mothers were epileptic and nearly all of these women were taking antiepileptic drugs during their pregnancy. Researchers assessed the children's physical and intellectual development at 12 months, 3 years and 6 years. Results showed that women who were taking sodium valporate were 6x more likely to have a child with a neurodevelopmental disorder than children of mothers without epilepsy, and those taking the drug in combination with other drugs were at 10x increased risk.

 
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