Anxiety and other challenges autistic children experience may stem from an increase in social-communication issues and a decrease in repetitive behaviors from ages 6 to 11.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
The most prevalent conditions include obesity, neurological disorders, anxiety and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
As acetaminophen lawsuits make their way through the U.S. court system, researchers reevaluate the quality of the evidence linking in-utero exposure to the painkiller to neurodevelopmental issues in children.
More than 100 parents who used the drug during pregnancy claim it caused their child’s autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, although the science behind the allegations is murky.
The dual diagnosis frequently co-occurs with anxiety, depression and developmental and language delays.
This month’s newsletter highlights findings on the use of three medication types during pregnancy.
Having an infection during pregnancy is tied to a small increase in the chances of having an autistic child, but the connection may not be causal.
The rare variants are also linked to ADHD and Tourette syndrome, two other conditions that disproportionately affect boys and men.
Common variants in five regions of the genome may determine whether someone has one condition versus the other.