Autistic people have unusual responses to ‘affective touch,’ which conveys social and emotional information. Their responses may reveal how autism begins.
A child’s environment exerts a strong influence on the severity of her autism, a study of identical twins suggests.
Lawmakers in several states are trying to ban a widely used pesticide that the Environmental Protection Agency is fighting to keep on the market.
People with autism who avoid social interactions or have troubles with daily living skills may be at increased risk of an early death.
A child’s risk of autism is slightly elevated if a parent or sibling has asthma or an autoimmune disease.
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.
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.
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.
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.