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Epidural Analgesia During Labor Linked to Autism

A new study suggests that the popular epidural procedure used by many women in labor may pose a 37% relative increased risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Specifically, study authors looked at 147,985 children delivered vaginally to learn that 1.9% delivered with epidural analgesia had an autism spectrum disorder; 1.3% delivered without analgesia were on the autism spectrum. Their findings thus showed that “exposure to epidural analgesia for vaginal delivery may be...

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