Study: Induced labor could lead to autism in children

Jessica Janner

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Study: Induced labor could lead to autism in children

CREATED Aug. 13, 2013

(KTNV) -- In the biggest study of its kind, researchers are saying that autism could be tied to inducing or speeding up labor in pregnant women.

The study says it could be the labor-inducing drugs that increase the risk of autism in children.

But, it could also be the problems that lead to induced labor themselves.

Some of those problems include diabetes and fetal complications.

Like most autism studies, this one does not provide conclusive answers and needs more research.

The study's authors also say this should not lead doctors to avoid inducing labor since it can be life-saving for the baby and the mother.

This information becomes especially more important as induced labor has become more common.

Government data says that one in five women in the United States have their labor induced.

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