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Tag: pregnancy

July 2016

Serotonin may mediate effects of infection in the womb

by  /  6 July 2016

Infection during pregnancy may blunt the growth of neurons in the fetus by boosting levels of the chemical messenger serotonin.

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.


Mom’s immune markers flag autism with intellectual disability

by  /  20 June 2016

Pregnant women with elevated levels of certain immune molecules are at increased risk of having a child with both autism and intellectual disability.

May 2016
Week of MayMay

Folate flap; pay gap; blood privacy

by  /  20 May 2016

The media offers clarity on prenatal folate levels and autism, early-career women scientists make less than their male counterparts, and states grapple with what to do with babies’ blood.


Prenatal infection may alter behavior in generations of mice

by  /  12 May 2016

Triggering immune defenses in pregnant mice leads to autism-like behaviors not only in their pups, but also in the following generations.

April 2016
Week of AprilApr

Colossal quest; life edit; building skills

by  /  29 April 2016

Genetics giant Craig Venter wants to sequence 2 million genomes, CRISPR pioneer Emmanuelle Charpentier just wants to work, and the online building game Minecraft helps people with autism socialize.

March 2016

Bits of bacteria may change brains of fetal mice

by  /  31 March 2016

Bacterial fragments can cross the placenta of a pregnant mouse into the brains of her developing pups, leading to a surplus of neurons in the pups.


Placenta test for autism risk sparks serious concern

by  /  21 March 2016

A new test claims to assess a child’s risk of autism based on abnormal folds in the placenta, but there is little evidence to support its use.


Taking meds during pregnancy brings autism risk, benefits

by  /  10 March 2016

Studies link taking antidepressants, acetaminophen and some asthma drugs during pregnancy to autism risk, but the dangers of going off them may outweigh the risks.


Study links dietary supplement to brain development

by  /  7 March 2016

For some pregnant women, taking the supplement carnitine may lower the risk of having a child with autism.