Tag: environment

December 2017
Features / Special Reports / 2017: Year in review

Five hot topics in autism research in 2017

22 December 2017

We waded through the sea of autism studies published in 2017 and spotted several themes.

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November 2017
stork flying with an alarm clock, dice and a crescent moon

The link between parental age and autism, explained

by  /  29 November 2017

Older men and women are more likely than young ones to have a child with autism, but this connection is not straightforward.

Features / Deep Dive

Why autism seems to cluster in some immigrant groups

by  /  29 November 2017

Cultural barriers lead clinicians to misdiagnose or miss children with autism in immigrant communities.

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Race, class contribute to disparities in autism diagnoses

by  /  20 November 2017

Black and Hispanic children are less likely than their white peers to meet criteria for an autism diagnosis.

doctor touching male patient's knee

Study bolsters genetic link between arthritis, autism

by  /  16 November 2017

Men and women with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition, are at increased risk of having a child with autism.

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white lab rats piled together

Rodent ratings reveal periods of vulnerability to harmful exposures

by  /  13 November 2017

Nongenetic rodent models most relevant to autism tend to be those exposed to environmental agents in the womb or shortly after birth.

October 2017
Boy and toddler sitting on sofa.

Data do-over backs dominance of genetics in autism risk

by  /  19 October 2017

A reanalysis of data from more than 2 million children in Sweden suggests inherited genetic factors account for 83 percent of autism risk.

Pregnang woman sitting by window looking sad.

Studies send mixed messages on antidepressants’ link to autism

by  /  16 October 2017

Four large studies published since May arrive at various conclusions about whether exposure to antidepressants in the womb ups autism risk.

Areas of excitable neurons mark the brains of mice exposed to inflammation in utero.

Maternal infection may trigger autism traits via neuronal ‘patches’

by  /  2 October 2017

Patches of overactive neurons in the brains of mice exposed to inflammation in the womb may lead to autism-like features in the mice.

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September 2017
Week of SeptemberSep
News / Spotted

Genetics do-over; iffy influences; high-tech education and more

by  /  29 September 2017

A re-analysis of data yields an increased estimate for the genetic contribution to autism, how the environment might contribute to autism is hard to pin down, and students on the spectrum describe the benefits of using technology at school.