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New Study: Incidence of ASD Higher in Children with an Autistic Aunt or Uncle

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May 22, 2020A child whose aunt or uncle has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is significantly more likely to have autism, according to a large study of more than 850,000 families in Sweden.

The study, funded by that National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the first population-wide estimate of autism risk in children.In studying the Swedish national registers of births and family relationships for children born between 2003 and 2012, researchers found that ASD was diagnosed in approximately 13,000 children, or 1.5 percent of the total.

Among the population of children with an autistic aunt or uncle, this number jumped to 3 to 5 percent. This suggests that having an aunt or uncle with autism may increase a child’s likelihood of having ASD by

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