Autism More Prevalent in Low Birth Weight Individuals

Prospective study's findings add clout to suspected association

MONDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Low birth weight (LBW) has been considered a risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), and the results of a new prospective study suggest ASDs are indeed more prevalent in people born at low birth weights; the findings have been published online Oct. 17 in Pediatrics.

Jennifer A. Pinto-Martin, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and colleagues conducted periodic assessments from birth through age 21 of 1,105 individuals who weighed less than 2,000 grams at birth to estimate the prevalence of ASDs in LBW individuals.

Using validated diagnostic instruments, the researchers estimated the prevalence of ASDs to be 5 percent in the LBW cohort, about five-times the rate seen in the general population.

"The diagnostic prevalence of ASD in this LBW preterm cohort was higher than that reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 8-year-olds in the general U.S. population in 2006," the authors write.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2011 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Powered by

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles Recommended Nursing Articles

Abdominal Pain: An Approach to a Challenging Diagnosis
AACN Advanced Critical Care, July/September 2014
Free access will expire on October 13, 2014.

HIPAA Compliance Practice Tips
Professional Case Management, July/August 2014
Free access will expire on September 29, 2014.

Follow the leader: How does “followership” influence nurse burnout?
Nursing Management, August 2014
Free access will expire on September 29, 2014.

More Recommended Articles

Subscribe to Recommended Articles

Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events