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Migration link to autism

21st May 2010

A study has discovered that where you used to live could affect your child's chances of being autistic by up to five times.

Focussing on children whose mother had moved to the UK from outside Europe, the research showed an increased risk of autism in children whose parents had migrated from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. However, Dr Daphne Keen from St George's Hospital, London, said while the findings showed a clear link between immigration and autism - they could not determine exactly why this was the case.

 

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