Study sheds light on possible link to autism

April 1, 2008 2:30:02 PM PDT
A small study is shedding light on a possible link to some cases of autism. It finds that about one quarter of babies born very prematurely had signs of autism on an early screening test.

The study published in the April issue of Pediatrics says the results are preliminary. But it suggests autism may be an under-appreciated consequence of medical advances ... enable the tiniest of premature babies to survive.

Researchers emphasize the results don't mean extreme prematurity causes autism but rather that it might be among contributing risk factors.