Tag: environment

May 2019
Hands touching, showing nerves highlighted in different parts of the hand
Features / Deep Dive

How ‘social touch’ shapes autism traits

by  /  29 May 2019

Autistic people have unusual responses to ‘affective touch,’ which conveys social and emotional information. Their responses may reveal how autism begins.

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Two twin girls wearing blue kneeling down on the ground.
News

Early life experiences may shift severity of autism

by  /  3 May 2019

A child’s environment exerts a strong influence on the severity of her autism, a study of identical twins suggests.

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April 2019
News

U.S. states move to ban pesticide linked to developmental problems

by ,  /  26 April 2019

Lawmakers in several states are trying to ban a widely used pesticide that the Environmental Protection Agency is fighting to keep on the market.

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Study identifies predictors of early death among autistic people

by  /  17 April 2019

People with autism who avoid social interactions or have troubles with daily living skills may be at increased risk of an early death.

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Asthma in parents shows slim link to autism in children

by  /  1 April 2019

A child’s risk of autism is slightly elevated if a parent or sibling has asthma or an autoimmune disease.

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March 2019
News / Toolbox

Genome catalog bolsters global microbiome research

by  /  22 March 2019

The largest-yet attempt to characterize the global diversity of the human microbiome — the population of microbes that live in our bodies — has found 4,930 species, 77 percent of which were previously unknown.

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Does vitamin use in pregnancy alter autism risk? Maybe, maybe not

by  /  4 March 2019

Despite the hype around a new study, it may be too soon to conclude that taking prenatal vitamins during pregnancy lowers the child’s chances of autism.

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February 2019
3D models of the human brain
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Changes in brain anatomy may reflect autism traits

by  /  21 February 2019

Some traits of autism are associated with obvious differences in brain structure, and the scope of these alterations may depend on the person’s sex.

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baby in utero, with placenta and antibodies and molecules
Opinion / Viewpoint

What the placenta could reveal about autism

by  /  19 February 2019

Understanding the interactions between the placenta and the uterine lining could explain how maternal immune activation leads to autism.

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January 2019
Features / Deep Dive

Revelando los secretos del síndrome X frágil en Colombia

by  /  31 January 2019

Una remota ciudad colombiana es el hogar del grupo más grande de personas con síndrome de X frágil. Los científicos están aprendiendo de ellos y tratando de ayudar.

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