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Tag: maternal stress

April 2013
Opinion

Abusive inheritance

by  /  16 April 2013

Women who report being abused as children are more likely to have a child with autism, according to a new report from the Nurses’ Health Study, published 20 March in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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January 2013
Opinion

Mother’s influence

by  /  25 January 2013

Maternal health seems to have little impact on autism risk, according to a study published 7 January in PLoS One. The more serious risk is for intellectual disability, which can often occur along with autism.

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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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