Tag: maternal stress

October 2012
Opinion / Viewpoint

Placenta plays potent role in autism risk

by ,  /  2 October 2012

As the central organ regulating maternal-fetal interactions, the placenta is perfectly positioned to mediate environmental and genetic risk factors during prenatal development. It may also relay risk factors for autism to the fetus, says Paul Patterson.

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August 2012
News

Clinical research: Maternal stress doesn’t trigger autism

by  /  10 August 2012

Experiencing a stressful event during pregnancy does not increase the risk of having a child with autism, according to an epidemiological study published 13 June in PLoS One.

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June 2012
News

Clinical research: Fever during pregnancy linked to autism

by  /  26 June 2012

An untreated fever during pregnancy more than doubles the risk that the child will develop autism, according to a study published 5 May in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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May 2012
News

Long-term project charts methylation patterns in pregnancy

by  /  18 May 2012

By studying pregnant women who already have a child with autism, researchers hope to understand how epigenetic changes — those that affect gene expression but don’t directly alter DNA — during pregnancy influences risk of the disorder.

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March 2012
News

Genetics: Autism risk higher in full than in half siblings

by  /  23 March 2012

Full siblings are twice as likely as half siblings to share a diagnosis of autism, according to a short report published 28 February in Molecular Psychiatry. The results suggest that genetic factors play an important role in the risk of developing autism, the researchers say.

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News

Swedish study dissects autism risk in immigrants

by  /  1 March 2012

Immigrating to another country during pregnancy appears to boost the risk of having a child who has low-functioning autism, according to a comprehensive, population-based study in Sweden. The research was published online 23 February in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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October 2011
News

Clinical research: Asthma drugs do not increase risk of autism

by  /  14 October 2011

Pregnant women who take beta-2 adrenergic agonists, commonly prescribed to treat asthma, are no more likely to have a child with autism than are those who don’t take the drugs.

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September 2011
News

Molecular mechanisms: Maternal stress affects male mice

by  /  30 September 2011

The male offspring of mice subjected to stress during pregnancy can transmit the effects to their own male pups.

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August 2011
Opinion

Fear factor

by  /  19 August 2011

A few factors related to childbirth, such as low birth weight or breech birth, are associated with a higher-than-average risk of autism, but none of them show a strong correlation with the disorder on its own.

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July 2011
News

Experts critique statistics, conclusion of autism twin study

by  /  14 July 2011

A new study of twins proposes the controversial claim that environmental influences during early development are just as, if not more, important than genetics. But the findings are not substantially different from those of previous twin studies, however, and some experts are critical of the study’s statistics.

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