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Induced Labor Linked to Raised Risk of Autism, Study Suggests

Male children seem to be most vulnerable, researchers report

WebMD News from HealthDay

By Denise Mann

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Inducing or helping along labor in pregnant women may raise the risk for having a child with autism, particularly if that child is a boy, a new study suggests.

Experts, including the Duke University researchers, are quick to caution that there are often overriding medical reasons to induce or augment labor that should not be ignored because of any potential risk of autism.

Inducing labor involves stimulating contractions before labor has started through various means, and augmenting labor refers to the practice of helping labor progress