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Tag: pregnancy

February 2016

Blocking key immune signal prevents autism signs in mice

by  /  18 February 2016

Researchers have identified a key immune molecule in pregnant mice that produces autism-like behaviors in their pups.

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Obesity, diabetes in mother up autism risk for child

by  /  12 February 2016

The combination of obesity and diabetes in a pregnant woman substantially increases the likelihood that her child will have autism.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
1st
2016

Embryo editing; race debate; microbial makeover

by  /  5 February 2016

A scientist gets permission to edit the genomes of human embryos, and researchers argue that it’s time to leave race out of genetic studies.

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January 2016

Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy tied to autism risk

by  /  22 January 2016

Having polycystic ovary syndrome raises the risk of having a child with autism by nearly 60 percent.

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Week of JanuaryJan
18th
2016

Tough decision; security check; building brains

by  /  22 January 2016

Genetic testing for autism raises tough ethical questions, medical databases need a security upgrade, and mini-brains could bring big discoveries.

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November 2015

Hormone levels during pregnancy tied to autism risk

by  /  20 November 2015

An analysis of prenatal screening test results fuels the theory that abnormal levels of steroid hormones in the womb wire the developing brain for autism.

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Maternal immune molecule triggers autism symptoms in male mice

by  /  7 November 2015

Rare antibodies taken from the blood of women who have a child with autism cause brain structure changes and autism-like symptoms in male mice.

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Week of NovemberNov
2nd
2015

Inspecting impact; baby bump; defining ‘spectrum’

by  /  6 November 2015

The infamous ‘impact factor’ does not capture a study’s true influence, an ambitious baby study halts eight months in, and a ‘spectrum’ may not be the best model for autism.

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Why don’t we know what environmental factors cause autism?

by  /  4 November 2015

Scientists can rattle off lists of dozens of genes linked to autism, but there’s much less agreement about which elements of the environment contribute to the condition — and by how much.

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October 2015

Male mice more vulnerable to tilt of gut-brain axis

by  /  22 October 2015

Early disruption of the microbes that inhabit the gut can alter a mouse’s sociability long term.

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