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Tag: epidemiology

August 2018
Drawing shows scientists measuring three identical sets of objects, each arranged in a different way.

Inconsistent prevalence estimates highlight studies’ flaws

by  /  28 August 2018

How researchers design autism prevalence studies has a significant impact on the results, says Eric Fombonne.

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Study quantifies prevalence of autism in India

by  /  27 August 2018

About 1 in 100 children in India under age 10 may have autism, and nearly 1 in 8 at least one neurodevelopmental condition.

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Premature baby in hospital, attended by adult

Complications during pregnancy may contribute to autism risk

by  /  22 August 2018

High blood pressure, preterm birth and other pregnancy complications may increase the risk of autism.

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Newborn fingers on mother's hand.

Whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy carries no risk of autism

by  /  13 August 2018

Children born to women who received a routine vaccine while pregnant are not at an increased risk of autism.

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July 2018

Autistic children prone to food, skin and respiratory allergies

by  /  26 July 2018

Food allergies may be more than twice as common among autistic children as among their typical peers; boys with autism also tend to have skin and respiratory allergies.

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Pregnant woman has her blood pressure taken.

Study ties autism to maternal high blood pressure, diabetes

by  /  18 July 2018

Children born to women who had diabetes or high blood pressure while pregnant may be at an increased risk of autism.

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June 2018
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Drug dangers; allergy risk; science #MeToo and more

by  /  15 June 2018

A prospective study shows that antipsychotics mess up metabolism, autism is tied to a doubled risk for food allergies, and a report reveals pervasive sexual harassment in science.

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Female head shape cut out of pink paper, under magnifying glass. Male head is in blue, opposite the female.

Autism’s sex ratio, explained

by  /  13 June 2018

More boys than girls have autism; diagnostic biases and genetic factors may explain the skewed sex ratio.

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May 2018
Newborn with mother

Few parents recognize regression in their children with autism

by  /  12 May 2018

Many children eventually diagnosed with autism lose social skills between 18 months and 3 years of age. But few parents notice this trend.

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Rise in U.S. autism prevalence stems mainly from ‘mild’ cases

by  /  12 May 2018

The bulk of the increase in autism prevalence in the United States between 2000 and 2012 can be attributed to children on the mild end of the spectrum.

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