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Link between infertility treatments, autism

May 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Can autism be hereditary? That's a question that's being raised after a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that autism was nearly twice as common among children of mothers who were treated with Clomid and other ovulation-inducing drugs than women who did not suffer from infertility. Researchers say the link between fertility drugs and autism appeared to get stronger the longer women were treated for infertility.

The data from the study was based on responses from women, not clinical records, so there is no way to confirm the history or timing of treatment for infertility or a diagnosis for autism.