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Researchers use placenta to predict child's risk of autism
Researchers use placenta to predict child

(April 26, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Connecticut - Researchers may have found a way to predict autism at birth, according to a report published in Biological Psychiatry. Researchers compared over 100 placentas from infants of families at-risk of autism too 100 controls. They examined the placentas for abnormalities known as trophoblast inclusions. Results showed that children from the at-risk group had up to 15 trophoblast inclusions in their placentas, while none of the control placentas had more than 2. Having a placenta with 4 or more trophoblast inclusions predicted an infant's risk of autism with a 96.7% probability.

 
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