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Tag: testosterone

January 2020
3D image of a child's face with coordinates to measure distances between features.

Siblings of autistic children may have distinct facial features

by  /  27 January 2020

Siblings of autistic children, like those with the condition, tend to have faces that are more masculine than average.

May 2019
Illustration of a strong man holding up a oversized brain

The extreme male brain, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

The ‘extreme male brain’ theory suggests that autism is an exaggeration of systematic sex differences in ways of thinking.

May 2018
Week of AprilApr

Predictive brain waves; spotting liars; pet peeve and more

by  /  4 May 2018

Brain waves in infancy forecast autism, people with more autism features have trouble detecting lies, and veterinarians battle claims that vaccines cause autism in dogs.

December 2017
two men hiking and embracing with dog in backpack

Some adults with autism traits reject conventional sexual labels

by  /  7 December 2017

Adults who have characteristics of autism are about three times as likely as their peers to not identify as heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual.

September 2017
Week of AugustAug

Boyish looks; popular pseudoscience; older fathers and more

by  /  1 September 2017

Masculinized features help define children with autism, online autism-parent forums spread pseudoscience, and the United States has more older fathers than ever.

August 2016
Week of AugustAug

Testosterone test; enhancement stance; retirement pan

by  /  5 August 2016

A new study casts doubt on the ‘extreme male brain’ theory of autism, Americans are worried about gene editing, and a Pasteur Institute clash raises questions about scientists’ age.

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.

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.

October 2015

Linking autism, sex, gender and prenatal hormones

by  /  19 October 2015

Elevated levels of fetal sex steroid hormones such as testosterone may explain many of autism’s unique features.


By chemically tagging genes, sex hormones shape brain

by ,  /  19 October 2015

The environment’s influence on gene expression can vary by sex and affect autism’s expression.