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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: epidemiology

October 2017
Newborn child in hospital

Late birth linked to risk of autism with intellectual disability

by  /  18 October 2017

Children with autism who were born late tend to also have intellectual disability.

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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.

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Week of OctoberOct
9th
2017

Maternal multivitamins; vaccine retraction; simultaneous schizophrenia and more

by  /  13 October 2017

Taking prenatal multivitamins may reduce the risk of having a child who has autism with intellectual disability, another vaccine-autism link study is being retracted, and schizophrenia sometimes accompanies autism.

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September 2017
Week of SeptemberSep
25th
2017

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.

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African American girl and boy hold hands and walk during a sunny day.

Repeat risk of autism in families varies by sex of older sibling

by  /  25 September 2017

Children who have an older sister with autism are more likely to also have the condition than those who have an older brother on the spectrum.

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Week of SeptemberSep
11th
2017

Maternal immunity; drug doubts; harassment scandal and more

by  /  15 September 2017

Two studies back the link between autism and maternal inflammation, other work weakens worry about antidepressant use in pregnancy, and a harassment scandal rocks a university’s cognitive science department.

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Children in pre-school sitting around a learning circle.

South African children with autism may lack access to schools

by  /  8 September 2017

Only about 0.1 percent of children in the Western Cape province of South Africa have autism, according to a review of school records.

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Pregnant woman pouring pills into her palm.

Epilepsy drugs pose risks to developing brains, study suggests

by  /  7 September 2017

Some drugs used to treat epilepsy may harm children who are exposed to them in the womb or through breast milk.

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Week of AugustAug
28th
2017

Boyish looks; popular pseudoscience; older fathers and more

by  /  1 September 2017

Masculinized features help define children with autism, online autism-parent forums spread pseudoscience, and the United States has more older fathers than ever.

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August 2017
Week of AugustAug
21st
2017

Mitochondrial risk; anxiety amelioration; fever factor and more

by  /  25 August 2017

Some variants in mitochondrial DNA are more common than others in autism, cognitive therapy reduces anxiety for people on the spectrum, and maternal fever in the third trimester is tied to autism risk.

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