Delivery by Cesarean section is associated with an increased risk of autism in childhood, according to a studyChildren born in this manner have a 23% greater risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, research to be published shortly in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry suggests.

The researchers, led by Eileen Curran of University College Cork, also looked at links between Caesareans and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, but the findings were unclear.

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