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

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Genetics plays outsized role in autism, large study shows

by  /  15 October 2018
Autism is more heritable than anorexia, alcohol dependence, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to an analysis of data from nearly 4.5 million people.
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Overlap in traits of autism, attention deficit persists into adulthood

by  /  8 October 2018
Traits linked to autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder tend to co-occur even in adulthood.
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Webinar: Janine LaSalle describes gene-environment interactions in autism

19 September 2018
Watch the complete replay of Janine LaSalle discussing gene-environment interactions and autism.
September 2018
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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.

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August 2018
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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.

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Study quantifies prevalence of autism in India

by  /  27 August 2018

About 1 in 100 children in India under age 10 may have autism, and nearly 1 in 8 at least one neurodevelopmental condition.

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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.

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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.

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July 2018
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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.

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May 2018
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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.

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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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