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Spectrum: Autism Research News
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.
Mice born to obese mothers have irregular microbiomes, brain abnormalities and autism features.
Subsets of neurons lacking a gene called RAI1 contribute to Smith-Magenis syndrome, a rare condition related to autism.
A sweeping study of military health records reveals that children who take drugs to ease autism features are at risk for obesity-related conditions.
Metformin can reverse weight gain in children with autism who take antipsychotic medications.
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.
Autism is four times more prevalent among extremely premature babies than in the general population.
Mutations in a gene called POGZ lead to a constellation of traits, including a small head, developmental delay and, often, autism.