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Tag: pregnancy

November 2018
A white lab rat on a grey background.

Brain scans of rats reveal molecular clues to autism’s link

by  /  4 November 2018

Rats exposed prenatally to a cocktail of ‘autoimmune’ molecules have altered levels of two types of compounds needed for brain development.

Outlines of mice neurons have long branches.

Rodent models of autism miss milestone in brain signaling

by  /  4 November 2018

In mice exposed to maternal inflammation in the womb, a key chemical messenger never makes the switch from exciting brain signals to inhibiting them.


Decoy protein defangs immune molecule linked to autism

by  /  3 November 2018

A specially made ‘decoy’ protein prevents an immune molecule from crossing the placenta; the strategy may prevent the brain changes that lead to autism.


Fever in pregnant rats alters pups’ social skills

by  /  3 November 2018

Fever in pregnant rats around the time of delivery disrupts their pups’ communication and social behavior.

September 2018
Feet on scale in home.

Research adds heft to link between autism and obesity

by  /  17 September 2018

Nearly half of American children with autism aged 10 to 17 are overweight or obese.


The link between antidepressants and autism, explained

by  /  6 September 2018

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy is unlikely to raise the risk of having a child with autism.

August 2018

Webinar: Judy Van de Water discusses the maternal immune system and autism

 /  29 August 2018

Watch the complete replay of Judy Van de Water discussing the maternal immune system and autism.

Premature baby in hospital, attended by adult

Complications during pregnancy may contribute to autism risk

by  /  22 August 2018

High blood pressure, preterm birth and other pregnancy complications may increase the risk of autism.

Newborn fingers on mother's hand.

Whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy carries no risk of autism

by  /  13 August 2018

Children born to women who received a routine vaccine while pregnant are not at an increased risk of autism.

July 2018
Pregnant woman has her blood pressure taken.

Study ties autism to maternal high blood pressure, diabetes

by  /  18 July 2018

Children born to women who had diabetes or high blood pressure while pregnant may be at an increased risk of autism.