It seems every week brings a new finding or discovery on the possible causes of autism in children.
Although so far there seem to be concomitant factors that contribute or cause the condition, the true source has not yet been discovered.
Scientists however, are hard pressed to find some answers, as the rate of autism has skyrocketed in the past two decades, and the upward trend does not seem to be abating.
In some cases, a link has been found to in home pesticide use, in others influenza virus during gestation.
But in the latest finding, inducing labor seem to also be a risk factor for developing autism. Uterine contraction stimulation, or labor induction, is usually done by giving the mother oxytocin or other measures. This chemical in turn, allows the mother to deliver a child, in cases where contractions are insufficient and could warrant a cesarean section.
The study began with the examination of 625,000 live births. Of these 5,500 turned out to be children who developed autism. The results of the research showed that children whose mothers had one of the two types of assisted delivery were more likely to be diagnosed with autism later on.
Of those mothers whose labor is induced or augmented, about 50-60% receive oxytocin. The connection, if one is established, is with the higher incidence of induced labor in male children, who are also disproportionally afflicted with autism.
source : MNT / 8.13.13