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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: epidemiology

August 2016

Type, timing of maternal infection influence autism link

by  /  25 August 2016

Only a small fraction of women who battle infections during pregnancy have children with autism, suggesting that some infections are riskier than others.


Large study confirms high autism risk in ‘baby sibs’

by  /  22 August 2016

Children who have an older sibling with autism are 14 times more likely to have the condition than are those without a family history of the condition.


Regression marks one in five autism cases, large study finds

by  /  17 August 2016

The first large population-based analysis of the prevalence of regression in autism reveals that it occurs in 20 percent of children with autism.

July 2016

Epilepsy in family members raises risk of autism

by  /  21 July 2016

A study of more than 85,000 people with epilepsy and their immediate relatives suggests that epilepsy and autism share biological roots.

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Study links immune, metabolic theories of autism

by  /  20 July 2016

Rare antibodies associated with autism are unusually common among women who developed diabetes while pregnant with a child who has autism.

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‘Science junkie’ bets big on autism’s environmental origins

by  /  18 July 2016

Jill Escher is on a mission to spur research into how chemicals in the environment may influence risk for autism.


Single microbe may restore social behaviors in mice

by  /  7 July 2016

A single species of bacteria reverses autism-like features in mice exposed to a high-fat diet in utero — but researchers question the findings’ relevance to people.

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June 2016

Questions for Robert Joseph: How extreme prematurity ups autism risk

by  /  21 June 2016

Autism is four times more prevalent among extremely premature babies than in the general population.


Mom’s immune markers flag autism with intellectual disability

by  /  20 June 2016

Pregnant women with elevated levels of certain immune molecules are at increased risk of having a child with both autism and intellectual disability.

May 2016

Weak immune response in women may up autism risk in children

by  /  27 May 2016

High levels of an inflammatory protein in pregnant women may lower the risk of autism in their children.