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Study: Prenatal Vitamins Can Reduce Autism Risk

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Here’s an interesting study, highlighted in the New York Times today. It appears that prenatal vitamins, taken 3 months before becoming pregnant, and during pregnancy, can reduce the risk of autism:

A new study reports that mothers of children with autism and autism spectrum disorders were significantly less likely than mothers of children without autism to have taken prenatal vitamins three months before conception and in the first month of pregnancy. The finding, published in the July issue of the journal Epidemiology, suggests that taking vitamins in this period may help prevent these disorders, reducing the risk by some 40 percent.