First-born children of women older than 35 and men older than 40 are three times more likely to develop autism than later children of younger parents, according to a large epidemiological study in the United States.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
In the fall of 1980, when he left his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, for undergraduate studies at Cornell University in upstate New York, John Constantino was determined to pursue one of two careers: a doctor or a school teacher.
Mutations in the two genes that cause the disease tuberous sclerosis complex, or TSC, interfere with the normal formation of axons, the long and thin strands that conduct electrical signals between brain cells, researchers contend in a report in Genes and Development.
In imaging studies of children with autism, researchers are increasingly turning to methods that enhance natural sleep, rather than the traditional approach of sedating the children.
Last nightʼs debate was fascinating on several levels, but leaving the punditry to pundits, I was struck by the fact that, once again, both candidates brought up autism. Apart from AIDS, I donʼt recall a single health issue that has received more attention from presidential candidates.
People with schizophrenia have roughly the same rate of copy number variations as do healthy controls, according to a study in the Chinese Han population published in Molecular Psychiatry.