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From parental age to infection during pregnancy, environmental elements can influence autism risk.

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Webinar: Janine LaSalle describes gene-environment interactions in autism

19 September 2018
Register for the next Spectrum webinar, featuring Janine LaSalle, who will discuss gene-environment interactions in autism and the chemical tags on DNA that mediate them.
Multimedia / Webinars

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

29 August 2018
Register for the next Spectrum webinar, featuring Judy Van De Water, who will discuss maternal immune activation and autism.
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Inflammation in mother tied to child’s brain function, behavior

by  /  31 May 2018
Brain networks in newborns may reflect the degree of inflammation their mothers experienced during pregnancy.
May 2018
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Vitamin D linked to lowered autism risk in large study

by  /  10 May 2018

Children born with high blood levels of vitamin D have 25 percent decreased odds of autism compared with those born with low levels.

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Infant seizures, maternal meds top list of risk factors for autism

by  /  2 May 2018

Epilepsy in infancy and the use of prescription medications during pregnancy are the strongest of 29 known risk factors for autism in a child.

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March 2018
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Flurry of studies hint at folic acid’s protective role in autism

by  /  5 March 2018

Folic acid, a B vitamin, may lower autism risk and ease features of the condition.

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February 2018
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Checklist of abilities opens window onto lives of people with autism

by  /  26 February 2018

A new catalog may help clinicians evaluate the daily challenges people with autism face.

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Study linking acetaminophen use to language delay is preliminary, experts say

by  /  14 February 2018

Women who take acetaminophen — commonly marketed as Tylenol in the United States — early in pregnancy may increase their daughters’ risk of language delay.

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Hospitalization during pregnancy boosts risk of difficulties in child

by  /  5 February 2018

Children of women who are hospitalized during pregnancy may develop poor physical, social, cognitive or emotional skills.

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January 2018
Male fetal mice that lack a microbiome have more microglia (green, right) in certain brain regions than controls do (left).
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Early changes in brain immunity may underlie sex bias in autism

by  /  22 January 2018

How the brain’s immune cells develop in ‘germ-free’ mice might help explain why autism is more prevalent in boys than girls.

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Prenatal vitamins lower autism risk, Israeli study suggests

by  /  10 January 2018

Women who take folic acid or other vitamins before or during pregnancy may decrease their risk of having a child with autism.

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December 2017
Features / Special Reports / 2017: Year in review

Five hot topics in autism research in 2017

22 December 2017

We waded through the sea of autism studies published in 2017 and spotted several themes.

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November 2017
Features / Deep Dive

Why autism seems to cluster in some immigrant groups

by  /  29 November 2017

Cultural barriers lead clinicians to misdiagnose or miss children with autism in immigrant communities.

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