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      Study: Placenta folds linked to autism risk

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      A new study, which analyzed placentas from 217 births, found that in families at high genetic risk for having an autistic child, placentas were significantly more likely to have abnormal folds and creases.

      The study is published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

      One out of 50 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      The research marks a new frontier for diagnosing autism, but also for the significance of the placenta,

      More here from The New York Times.