Autism researchers at the Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Nursing have found a link between low birth weight and children diagnosed with autism, reporting premature infants are five times more likely to have autism than children born at normal weights. The children, some born as small as about a pound, were followed for 21 years making this study, published in the prestigious journal Pediatrics, one of the most remarkable of its kind. The infants were born between September 1984 through July 1987 in Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties in New Jersey at birth weights from 500 to 2000 grams or a maximum of about 4.4 pounds.
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