The interplay between a mouse’s immune system and certain mutations in her pups may increase autism-like features in the pups.
Infections during pregnancy increase levels of an immune molecule in the placenta that alters brain development and behavior in mice.
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.
High levels of chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls in a pregnant woman’s blood may raise the risk of autism in her child.
Only a small fraction of women who battle infections during pregnancy have children with autism, suggesting that some infections are riskier than others.
Jill Escher is on a mission to spur research into how chemicals in the environment may influence risk for autism.
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.
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.