Those results brought heightened anticipation of the results of the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED), a multiyear study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). SEED is being conducted in diverse communities across the country, with sites in California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania. It is believed to be the largest study in the United States to help identify factors that may put children at risk for ASDs and other developmental disabilities. As of July, more than 3,500 families were enrolled in the SEED study. A description of SEED's methodology was published in the October Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Another recent study suggested a link between a mother's metabolic health during pregnancy and the risk of an ASD in their child. For more information, see Psychiatric News here. See also Autism and Other Developmental Disorders, a new book from American Psychiatric Publishing.
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