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Valproate-autism link reinforces need for education in women of childbearing age

KEY POINT

Maternal use of valproate during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and childhood autism in offspring, according to a recent study.

SOURCES

Christenson J et al. Prenatal valproate exposure and risk of autism spectrum disorders and childhood autism. JAMA. 2013;309:1696–1703.

Meador KJ et al. Risks of in utero exposure to valproate [editorial]. JAMA. 2013;309:1730–1.