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Hypothyroxinemia in pregnancy linked to autism

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A recent paper in The Lancet (volume 382:331-7) found that two-thirds of women in the UK were iodine deficient during pregnancy, placing them at risk of gestational hypothyroxinemia (abnormally low concentrations of thyroxine in the blood). Now Dutch research published in Annals of Neurology has linked severe gestational hypothyroxinemia to an increased risk of autism.

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