Dismissing a recent study, James Cusack, director of science at autism charity, Autistica has cleared that there is no strong association between the use of paracetamol during pregnancy and presence of autism in children.
A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology claimed that Taking common painkillers during pregnancy more often is likely to raise the risk of autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, especially boys.
The findings also showed that pre-natal exposure to paracetamol raises the risk of autism spectrum diseases more in boys. “The male brain may be more vulnerable to harmful influences during early life. Our differing gender results suggest that androgenic endocrine disruption, to which male brains could be more sensitive, may explain the association,” lead author Claudia Avella-Garcia, researcher at Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), a Spanish research organisation.
However, dismissing these findings, according to The Independent, Cusack said “This paper does not provide sufficient evidence to support the claim that there is a strong association between paracetamol use and the presentation of symptoms of autism. The results presented are preliminary in their nature, and so should not concern families or pregnant women.”
He added that there had been “an array of environmental factors which have been associated with autism, only to be rejected later,” emphasising the importance of collecting sufficient evidence before making such claims.
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