1 in 50 children are now diagnosed with autism, which is a staggering number. Imagine the placenta being able to hold key clues, allowing parents to obtain quicker interventions for their children to have the best outcomes. This is exactly what scientists have discovered.
Scientist have compared placentas from families who already have a child with autism to families where no known risk factors are present. In the placentas for babies already considered at risk, scientists have discovered certain folds in the placenta called "trophoblast inclusions." They believe the presence of a certain number of these inclusions can predict autism risk, not necessarily diagnosis, with 97% accuracy.