Maternal lupus doubles odds of autism

A study in the largest available cohort of people with systemic lupus erythematosis shows mothers with the disease have more than double the risk of having a child with autism.

A greater proportion of children born to mothers with SLE went on to develop autism compared with children born to healthy mothers (1.4% vs 0.6%), but the absolute risk of having a child with autism is low, the Canadian authors say.