Autism stems from a complex and, so far, baffling interaction of genetic and environmental factors. New research suggests one of those factors may be a pregnant womanʼs immune response to virus infection ― and perhaps to a flu shot.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
In the past few years, dozens of research groups have begun studying the younger siblings ― or baby sibs, as they are dubbed ― of children with autism to try to pin down the genetic, developmental and behavioral trajectory of autism and its subtypes. Recognizing symptoms early could also lead to earlier diagnoses and intervention.
In the past two weeks, autism researchers and advocacy groups have been agog with news that autism could be linked to an extremely rare group of metabolic diseases.