pregnancyONE in 20 children whose mothers used a drug to treat epilepsy during pregnancy suffers from an autistic disorder, research suggests.


A study involving 655,615 children born between 1996 and 2006 found that 4.42 per cent of those whose mothers used the drug valproate while pregnant were diagnosed with an autism- spectrum disorder, which can range from mild to more severe forms. The research also found that 2.5 per cent were found to have childhood autism.


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