Melbourne: A new study has found that high testosterone exposure in the womb increases the risk of autism in children.Researchers at Fiona Stanley`s Telethon Institute for Child Health Research found that girls with autistic-like behaviours at age two had their first period about six months later than girls without the disorder`s symptoms.
Whitehouse added that the results were linked to the so-called "male brain theory" of autism, which suggests the behaviour disorder is an extreme form of male mental traits."Autism is a real male-dominated condition; it affects around four males to one female, but there are also characteristics of people with autism that are more male-like," he said."People have started thinking what might cause that, and the obvious candidate is male-type hormones and the most biologically active is testosterone."Whitehouse’s team now plans to conduct a world-first study to further examine the link. ANI
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