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Tag: pregnancy

August 2012
Conceptual illustration of a T-cell

Bone marrow transplant curbs autism symptoms in mice

by  /  16 August 2012

An altered immune system can cause autism-like behaviors, suggests a study published 31 July in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers found that a bone marrow transplant, which restores the animals’ immune system, alleviates their anxiety and repetitive behavior.


Clinical research: Maternal stress doesn’t trigger autism

by  /  10 August 2012

Experiencing a stressful event during pregnancy does not increase the risk of having a child with autism, according to an epidemiological study published 13 June in PLoS One.

July 2012

Twin differences

by  /  31 July 2012

Identical twins are born with significant differences in the chemical modifications to their DNA, suggesting that the uterine environment can profoundly influence development and risk for disease.


Cognition and behavior: Maternal infection linked to anxiety

by  /  18 July 2012

Offspring born to pregnant rats with an activated immune system emit more distress calls when they receive electrical shocks than do controls, according to a study published 9 June in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

June 2012
A white pregnant woman lies on a cream-colored couch holding a thermometer

Clinical research: Fever during pregnancy linked to autism

by  /  26 June 2012

An untreated fever during pregnancy more than doubles the risk that the child will develop autism, according to a study published 5 May in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


Epigenetic age

by  /  22 June 2012

Normal aging triggers dramatic changes to the epigenome, the set of chemical tags that turn genes on and off, according to a new study.


Valproate fate

by  /  5 June 2012

A new rat study shows that the precise timing of early valproate exposure, an autism risk factor, can have a big influence on behavior later in development.

May 2012

Long-term project charts methylation patterns in pregnancy

by  /  18 May 2012

By studying pregnant women who already have a child with autism, researchers hope to understand how epigenetic changes — those that affect gene expression but don’t directly alter DNA — during pregnancy influences risk of the disorder.

April 2012
Yellow brain rests on green background with radiating dot pattern.

Clinical research: Study suggests four autism subgroups

by  /  25 April 2012

Individuals with autism may belong to one of four groups with discrete sets of symptoms, the most distinct of which includes immune system abnormalities accompanied by sleep problems and sensory sensitivity. The results were published in the April issue of Autism Research.


Maternal obesity

by  /  13 April 2012

A new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, made headlines this week by suggesting that motherhood obesity may increase the risk of autism in children.