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Tag: obesity

December 2016
Heavy pill on scale

Hot topics of 2016

by  /  26 December 2016

These five trending topics hint at important discoveries to come.

November 2016
Pregnant woman on scale

Maternal obesity, genetics may cooperate to up autism risk

by  /  24 November 2016

Women who are overweight or obese when pregnant increase their risk of having a child who is later diagnosed with autism by about 30 percent.


Maternal obesity alters gut bacteria, behavior in mice

by  /  14 November 2016

Mice born to obese mothers have irregular microbiomes, brain abnormalities and autism features.

October 2016

Study pins down biological basis of rare autism-linked syndrome

by  /  27 October 2016

Subsets of neurons lacking a gene called RAI1 contribute to Smith-Magenis syndrome, a rare condition related to autism.

Heavy pill on scale

Side effects of meds weigh heavily on children with autism

by  /  12 October 2016

A sweeping study of military health records reveals that children who take drugs to ease autism features are at risk for obesity-related conditions.

September 2016

Diabetes drug slows weight gain in some children with autism

by  /  28 September 2016

Metformin can reverse weight gain in children with autism who take antipsychotic medications.

July 2016

Mutated DNA loops make strange neighbors

by  /  11 July 2016

Too many or too few copies of a segment of chromosome 16 alters the three-dimensional organization of DNA, and affects hundreds of related genes.


Single microbe may restore social behaviors in mice

by  /  7 July 2016

A single species of bacteria reverses autism-like features in mice exposed to a high-fat diet in utero — but researchers question the findings’ relevance to people.

June 2016

Questions for Robert Joseph: How extreme prematurity ups autism risk

by  /  21 June 2016

Autism is four times more prevalent among extremely premature babies than in the general population.

May 2016

Rare mutations in gene underlie new subtype of autism

by  /  6 May 2016

Mutations in a gene called POGZ lead to a constellation of traits, including a small head, developmental delay and, often, autism.