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Early maternal anemia tied to intellectual disability, ADHD and autism

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The timing of anemia—a common condition in late pregnancy—can make a big difference for the developing fetus, according to research at Karolinska Institutet published in JAMA Psychiatry. The researchers found a link between early anemia and increased risk of autism, ADHD and intellectual disability in children. Anemia discovered toward the end of pregnancy did not have the same correlation. The findings underscore the importance of early screening for iron status and nutritional counselling.
An estimated 15-20 percent of pregnant women worldwide suffer from iron deficiency anemia, a lowered

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