Risk of pediatrical autism and ADHD may be higher in women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy

Women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy at a higher risk of pediatrical autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in offspring.

The study was released in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Data from the Medical Birth Register included more than 1 million participants born between 1987 and 1996.

Based on the findings, researchers established that the prevalence of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy was about 4 percent, with nearly 16,000 participants were diagnosed with autism and about 37,000 with ADHD.

“The study results suggest that HDP are associated with small increased risks of ASDs and possibly ADHD in offspring, whereas associations with ID and cognitive performance are likely confounded by shared familial (environmental or genetic) factors,” researchers concluded in their findings.

The study was conducted at Örebro University in Sweden.

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