Questions over autism link to anti-depressants

Two studies have cast doubt on research that claimed the likelihood of autism is increased among children of mums who take antidepressants during pregnancy.

Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the latest findings show no raised risk of autism in offspring of mothers who take antidepressants in the first trimester, after adjusting for confounding factors and comparing siblings.

One study looks at 1.5 million births in Sweden, and the other analyses Canadian data on almost 36,000 babies - including medication use and siblings.

In the Canadian study, of the 2837