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New study shows autism risk within families

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Parents of children with autism often ask their pediatrician about the risk of having another child with the disorder, now doctors finally have an answer.

A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds an infant with an older sibling with autism had a nearly 20% risk of developing the disorder.

Male infants, and those with multiple siblings with autism, had a roughly 30 percent risk of autism.

Experts hope to use this information to identify kids at the highest risk for autism, and start treatment as soon as possible.

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