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Drugs increase autism risk

Many women continue taking prescription medications while pregnant — to manage chronic conditions such as migraines, depression, or seizures — and a growing body of research suggests that some of these drugs could increase their unborn baby’s chances of developing autism.

A worrisome study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found women who took the anti-seizure drug valproate during pregnancy had nearly triple the risk of giving birth to a child who later developed autism compared to those who didn’t take the drug.

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