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Untreated Fever the Cause of Autism?

Do Pregnant Moms with Fevers Contribute to the Cause Autism?

Allowing fevers to rise and continue may cause autism and can be very risky for new moms who want to protect the unborn.

Studies show untreated fevers could double the risk of a child developing autism related disorders. Not only just a fever, but other infectious diseases during gestation were scrutinized a found to have a link.

In the latest post on ScienceNewsNathan Seppa reports how women are are in gestation and develop a high fever can double the chances the child will be autistic.

Fever in Pregnancy cause of autismA Caltech developmental  neurobiologist, Paul Patterson, comments on a study that he deems as one of the most careful and largest study of how fevers during pregnancy can cause developmental problems.

“I think pregnancy is the key for autism,” Patterson says. Several other research groups have also zeroed in on gestation as a critical time, he notes.

Inflammation accompanies fever in the body, and inflammatory proteins called cytokines can pass through the placenta into the fetus during pregnancy, says study coauthor Ousseny Zerbo, an epidemiologist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research in Oakland, who worked on the study while at UC Davis. This transfer would pose a risk if it alters brain development in the fetus at a crucial time, he says. “Elevated pro-inflammatory cytokines [in utero] lead to behavioral problems in animals,” he says.

What’s more, Patterson says, the heat of fever can overactivate neurons, inducing them to fire more and damage fetal brain growth, tests in animals show.

Read more about the report http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/341059/title/Fever_in_pregnancy_linked_to_autism

Its not a far-fetched idea to think that many problems can start in the womb. Do you thing that events such as this are a major cause of autism or would it be events that may take place after birth, such a vaccinations, diets and environmental factors?

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