Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Autism Risk Linked to Maternal Thyroid Dysfunction

 
 
Here's a more accessible version:
 
 
"a study of more than 4,000 Dutch mothers and their children, and it supports a growing view that autism spectrum disorders can be caused by a lack of maternal thyroid hormone, which past studies have shown is crucial to the migration of fetal brain cells during embryo development.

"It is increasingly apparent to us that autism is caused by environmental factors in most cases, not by genetics," said lead author Gustavo Román, M.D., a neurologist and neuroepidemiologist who directs the Nantz National Alzheimer Center. "That gives me hope that prevention is possible."

 

Since CFS patients often have thyroid problems, this is something to take into account when considering pregnancy.

Personally, I can barely take care of myself; I would not be able to provide adequate care for a special-needs child.

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