Hostess Brands, the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread, announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations, blaming a strike by bakers protesting a new contract imposed on them. The closing will result in Hostess' nearly 18,500 workers losing their jobs as the company shuts 33 bakeries and 565 distribution centers nationwide. The bakers' union represents around 5,000. Hostess will move to sell its assets to the highest bidder. That could mean new life for some of its most popular products, which could be scooped up at auction and attached to products from other companies. "We deeply regret the necessity of today's decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike," said CEO Gregory Rayburn in a statement.
A large study of children in Denmark found that children whose mothers had influenza or a fever lasting more than a week during pregnancy had a higher risk of autism. The study, "Autism After Infection, Febrile Episodes, and Antibiotic Use During Pregnancy: An Exploratory Study," will be published in the December 2012 Pediatrics. Researchers studied a population-based cohort of 96,736 children born in Denmark between 1997 and 2003. Mothers were asked about common infections, fevers and antibiotic use during their pregnancies and early postpartum. Researchers found no association between common maternal infections like respiratory infection, urinary tract infection or genital infections and a child's risk of autism
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