A study of 4.5million children in Nordic countries found that 1.5 per cent of youngsters born to mothers not taking medication were autistic, while 0.8 per cent had learning disabilities. But the rates soared among mothers taking topiramate (pictured), with 4.3 per cent of youngsters having autism and 3.1 per cent being diagnosed with learning difficulties by the age of eight

Pregnant women taking epilepsy drugs up to 2.5-times more likely to have child with autism

Women who take epilepsy drugs during pregnancy may be significantly more likely to have a child with autism or learning difficulties, research suggests.  A study of of 4.5million children found rates of the conditions were twice as high in youngsters whose mothers were on topiramate or valproate. The overall incidence of autism and learning disabilities in children …

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