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New autism risk factor emerges from California study

Source: UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

While the prevalence of autism has been reported to be highest among non-Hispanic white children, a new study from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has turned that notion upside down.

Using data from the county of Los Angeles, Calif., a racially diverse region with a high percentage of recent immigrants, the researchers found that maternal nativity is a risk factor for childhood autism in U.S. populations.

Specifically, they found that when compared with children born to white U.S. mothers, children of foreign-born black, Central/South American,...