Autism is predominantly genetic in origin, but a growing list of prenatal exposures for mother and baby may sway the odds.
A partial ban in Europe on the use of a drug called valproate during pregnancy could deny women effective treatment for serious conditions.
Exposing fertilized chicken eggs to valproic acid, an epilepsy drug, yields chicks with apparent social deficits.
A journal covering autism in adulthood makes its debut, researchers call for an ethical framework for human organoid studies, and the association between acetaminophen and autism risk comes under scrutiny.
Despite social media rumors, a British children’s television show does not cause autism; childhood anesthesia is not tied to autism risk; and an adult on the spectrum reaches a haunting milestone
Nongenetic rodent models most relevant to autism tend to be those exposed to environmental agents in the womb or shortly after birth.
Problems with social interactions stem from faulty wiring of a single circuit spanning distant brain regions, results from three mouse models of autism suggest.
A monkey study suggests facial recognition is not innate, a puzzle piece symbol carries negative connotations, and scientists are using a federal law to snoop on colleagues.
Some drugs used to treat epilepsy may harm children who are exposed to them in the womb or through breast milk.
A movement to ban valproate during pregnancy gains a foothold in France, people with auditory hallucinations seek to demedicalize the experience, and adults on the spectrum speak out.