Tag: immune system

June 2018
Female head shape cut out of pink paper, under magnifying glass. Male head is in blue, opposite the female.
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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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Webinar: Judy Van De Water discusses the maternal immune system and autism

29 August 2018

Register for the next Spectrum webinar, featuring Judy Van De Water, who will discuss maternal immune activation and autism.

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May 2018
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Inflammation in mother tied to child’s brain function, behavior

by  /  31 May 2018

Brain networks in newborns may reflect the degree of inflammation their mothers experienced during pregnancy.

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February 2018
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2018
News / Spotted

Political scientists; folate block; mutational mosaic and more

by  /  9 February 2018

Scientists campaign for elected office in record numbers, folate autoantibodies are common in autism families, and neurons form a genetic mosaic in the brain.

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Hospitalization during pregnancy boosts risk of difficulties in child

by  /  5 February 2018

Children of women who are hospitalized during pregnancy may develop poor physical, social, cognitive or emotional skills.

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January 2018
By staining the nuclei from all cells blue (left) and those from neurons red (middle), researchers can isolate the resulting purple nuclei from neurons (right).
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Chemical tags on genomes in neurons altered in autism brains

by  /  31 January 2018

Neurons from people with autism may have an unusual pattern of chemical tags that turn genes on and off.

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Male fetal mice that lack a microbiome have more microglia (green, right) in certain brain regions than controls do (left).
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Early changes in brain immunity may underlie sex bias in autism

by  /  22 January 2018

How the brain’s immune cells develop in ‘germ-free’ mice might help explain why autism is more prevalent in boys than girls.

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Week of JanuaryJan
8th
2018
News / Spotted

Ratio reversal; gender bender; ad accusations and more

by  /  12 January 2018

The male-dominated sex bias in autism is reversed in a related syndrome, a researcher’s gender could influence her study’s outcome, and an award-nominated ad featuring a young man with autism draws criticism.

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Large study ties gut issues in autism to inflammation

by  /  8 January 2018

Children with autism are at an increased risk for inflammatory bowel disease, according to a large survey of electronic medical records.

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Week of JanuaryJan
1st
2018
News / Spotted

Prevalence plateau; herbal inquiry; protein profile and more

by  /  5 January 2018

Autism prevalence plateaued for the years 2014 to 2016, a review finds no evidence that herbal therapies for autism work, and a panel of four proteins in blood may distinguish children with autism.

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