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Study finds babies born by caesarean are “one third more likely” to develop autism

The Independent reports that babies born by Caesarean section are 33 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to a study which considered 20 million births.

The findings, which combined 61 studies from 19 countries dating back to 1999, also said children delivered by Caesarean had a 17 per cent higher chance of developing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

“Birth by cesarean delivery was significantly associated with autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” said the authors from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet and Australia.

But the study did not prove planned or emergency Caesarean births directly cause such conditions.

The study’s authors said that factors which lead to an operation, including an older mother or the risk of premature birth, could potentially explain the link.
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“My autistic daughter was held in a cell for two years”

The BBC reports that a father has made the above claim stating that his daughter was placed in a seclusion cell and left there for two years, alone, 24/7.
Jeremy says he could only touch his 15-year-old daughter Bethany by kneeling down and reaching into her isolation room through a tiny hatch.
Bethany is severely autistic but had no therapeutic care while detained in hospital, Jeremy told the BBC.

Now MPs and peers say such treatment of young people with learning disabilities or autism breaches their human rights.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights says mental health hospitals can inflict “terrible suffering on those detained… causing anguish to their distraught families”.

Its report urges an overhaul of mental health law and hospital inspections in England.
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