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Tag: pregnancy

November 2016

Placenta may hold clues to sex bias in autism

by  /  16 November 2016

Infecting pregnant rats with group B streptococcus triggers inflammation in the fetal side of the placenta, but only in male fetuses.


Immune molecule may mediate effects of maternal infection

by  /  16 November 2016

Infections during pregnancy increase levels of an immune molecule in the placenta that alters brain development and behavior in mice.

October 2016

Parental age has different impact on autism, schizophrenia

by  /  31 October 2016

Children born to parents who are 35 or older are at an increased risk of autism; for schizophrenia, the increased risk is limited to those born to mothers in their teens or early 20s.


Banned toxins in mothers’ blood tied to autism risk

by  /  3 October 2016

High levels of chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls in a pregnant woman’s blood may raise the risk of autism in her child.

August 2016

Type, timing of maternal infection influence autism link

by  /  25 August 2016

Only a small fraction of women who battle infections during pregnancy have children with autism, suggesting that some infections are riskier than others.

July 2016

Study links immune, metabolic theories of autism

by  /  20 July 2016

Rare antibodies associated with autism are unusually common among women who developed diabetes while pregnant with a child who has autism.


‘Science junkie’ bets big on autism’s environmental origins

by  /  18 July 2016

Jill Escher is on a mission to spur research into how chemicals in the environment may influence risk for autism.


Key molecule may tie immune response to social behavior

by  /  13 July 2016

Molecules that protect the body from infection may be needed for mice to socialize with their peers, a finding that bolsters the link between the immune system and autism.

Week of JulyJul

Acetaminophen risks; imaging failures; autism on TV

by  /  8 July 2016

A study links acetaminophen use to autism, scientists find a flaw in brain imaging software, and a television show about autism is set to premiere next week.


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.