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Infection exposure in utero increases risk for depression, autism

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Maternal infection during pregnancy significantly increased the risk for depression and autism spectrum disorder in offspring, according to a Swedish population-based cohort study published in JAMA Psychiatry. “Whether maternal infection and inflammation can alter fetal neurodevelopment to a degree that imparts risk for a broad spectrum of psychopathologic conditions across the child’s lifetime is unknown,” Benjamin J. S. al-Haddad, MD, PhD, from the department of pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington, and colleagues wrote. more

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