New Findings on Autism and Maternal Autoimmune Disorders

Researchers have found more evidence of a link between autism and maternal autoimmune disorders, according to a report from HealthDay News. Older research had already pointed to a connection between autism and autoimmune disorders like type one diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, but a new study published in the online edition of Pediatrics has found a link between autism and celiac disease.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects people’s ability to digest gluten and protein from wheat, rye, or barley products.

According to the study’s findings moms with autoimmune disorders may be three times more likely to have a child with an autism disorder. The study also found that moms who had a family history of type one diabetes were at a higher risk of having a baby with infantile autism.

This research may bring the medical community one step closer to finding the cause of autism.

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