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Oct 11, 2010 8:43 AM by Associated Press

Jaundice-autism study raises unanswered questions

A big Danish study says autism is more common in children who had jaundice at birth. But researchers say new parents shouldn't be alarmed because there's no evidence jaundice causes autism.

Researchers say it's possible that children genetically predisposed to autism might also be more vulnerable to jaundice.

Mild jaundice is fairly common and generally harmless. It causes a temporary yellowish tinge to the skin.

In the Danish study, almost 9 percent of autistic children had jaundice as newborns, compared with 3 percent among children who weren't autistic.

The research was published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

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