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Autism five times more likely in low birth weight infants
USA Today

Low-birthweight babies are five times more likely to develop autism than normal-weight babies, a new study says. It included 862 premature, low-birthweight infants born in New Jersey between October 1984 and July 1989 and followed until they were 21 years old. Their birthweights ranged from 500 grams (1.1 pound) to 2,000 grams (4.4 pounds). Five percent of the children in the study developed autism, compared with 1 percent of those in the general population, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing researchers found.

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