Children with Autism More Likely in Moms with Lupus

A study presented by Canadian researchers linking autism spectrum disorders with lupus builds on groundbreaking findings by Betty Diamond, MD, the head of the Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disorders at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York. Her earlier research first showed lupus antibodies can affect the brain. Dr. Diamond just published new findings that 10 percent of mothers of children with autism have antibodies in their blood, such as those found in women with lupus.