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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Inter-Pregnancy Intervals

Agustin Conde-Agudelo and colleagues from the University of Valle in Cali, Colombia, used data from 7 observational studies (1130210 children in total, from 1965 to 2015) and observed that, after correcting for the confounding variables, the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder was more common among children born to women with inter pregnancy intervals (IPIs) of less than 12 months compared to those with IPIs of more than 36 months, and the diagnosis of developmental delay and cerebral palsy was more common for children born to women with IPIs longer than 36 months (Pediatrics 2016).

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