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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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New statistics recently revealed there are more children living with autism in the U-S than researchers thought.  While some of that spike may be due to better methods for detecting the disorder, now a new study suggests one of those factors could be a mother's weight during pregnancy.

Dr. Kirk Brody was our guest this morning. He explained that researchers say conditions that cause a spike in insulin can starve a mothers tissues of oxygen lowering the oxygen supply to their unborn child and potentially affecting its brain development.

Here is a closer look at the study

-one thousand mothers and their children surveyed

-finds women who are obese during pregnancy are sixty percent more likely to have a child with autism

- two times more likely to have a child with a developmental delay.



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