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Study Finds Induced Labor Not Associated With Risk for Autism Disorders

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July 25, 2016- "Study Finds Induced Labor Not Associated With Risk for Autism Disorders"- A new study out of Harvard has found the induction of labor appears not to be associated with increased risk of autism spectrum disorders in children. This report disputes a large study in 2013 that found an association between induction of labor and risk of autism in offspring, which gained widespread media attention. Researchers in the Harvard study believe the previous study found a link between induced labor and increased autism risk because "many of the factors that could lead to both induction of labor and autism are completely or partially shared by siblings -- such as maternal characteristics or socioeconomic or genetic factors. Finding no association when comparing siblings suggests that previously observed associations could have been due to some familial factors -- not the result of induction."