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Tag: epidemiology

February 2010

Pregnancy drugs increase baby’s autism risk, group claims

by  /  16 February 2010

A class of medications widely used during pregnancy to treat asthma and prevent early labor increases the baby’s risk of autism and other psychiatric disorders, according to a controversial review in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Vulnerable age

by  /  15 February 2010

A new report adds to the wave of research on autism risk that’s shifting the focus from older fathers to older mothers.

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Culture shock

by  /  12 February 2010

Here’s a remarkable statistic you may not have heard: white children are two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than are their Hispanic peers.

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January 2010

Food for thought

by  /  12 January 2010

There is no evidence to support the idea of autism-specific gut problems, according to a review published Monday in Pediatrics.

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November 2009

Only subset of chromosome 16 variants linked to autism

by  /  20 November 2009

Deletions or duplications of chromosomal segment 16p11.2 — previously reported as a key autism region — are seen in people with developmental delays and speech and behavioral problems, but not necessarily autism. That’s the finding from two large studies published last week of people carrying these rare genetic variations.

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October 2009

Behind the headlines

by  /  6 October 2009

The news yesterday was hard to miss: 1 in every 100 children apparently has autism, according to two new studies.

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September 2009

Michael Wigler: Applying simple logic to complex genetics

by  /  18 September 2009

Interested more in ideas than in dominating a crowded field, Michael Wigler decided to apply his expertise in cancer genetics to studying poorly understood features of autism.

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March 2008

Unraveling mitochondria’s mysterious link to autism

by  /  24 March 2008

In the past two weeks, autism researchers and advocacy groups have been agog with news that autism could be linked to an extremely rare group of metabolic diseases.

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February 2008

Father’s advanced age feeds autism risk

by  /  25 February 2008

Are older fathers more likely to have children with autism? A series of epidemiological studies is giving credence to the idea, suggesting that, with age, sperm may accumulate damage that increases risk in the next generation.

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Brain growth could be early sign of autism

by  /  11 February 2008

As many as one in every three people with autism develop a macrocephalus, or extremely enlarged head, at some point in their lives, an observation largely accepted as fact. But how or why this happens ― and whether it happens consistently enough to be useful in diagnosing autism ― remains contentious.

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