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AUG 20, 2013 - Time

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Siblings of Autistic Children at a Higher Risk for the Disorder; Can That Risk Be Lowered?

More research finds a family-based risk of autism among siblings, which raises the question of what parents can do to lower the risk among potentially at-risk youngsters. Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark report in the journal JAMA Pediatrics that children with an older brother or sister diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to be on the spectrum themselves. According to their study of about 1.5 million children born in Denmark between 1980 and 2004, those who had an older sibling diagnosed with autism had close to a seven-fold increased risk of ... Read More

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