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

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The link between vitamins, supplements and autism, explained

by  /  14 April 2021
Too little — or too much — of certain substances during pregnancy may increase the odds of having a child with autism. Here we explain what scientists know about these associations.
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Genes drive autistic people’s reactivity to environmental cues

by  /  2 April 2021
Genes influence how autistic people react to sights, sounds and other sensory cues, whereas environmental factors shape their tendency to notice and seek out such stimuli, a new study in twins suggests.
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Innate stress response may link maternal infection to autism

by  /  19 March 2021
A typically protective stress response could help to explain the connection between maternal illness and neurodevelopmental conditions.
March 2021
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Cesarean delivery unlikely to sway child’s likelihood of autism

by  /  17 March 2021

Autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions are more common among children born by C-section than those delivered vaginally, but the procedure itself does not underlie the association, according to a new study.

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October 2020
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Immune markers in newborns show complex relationship with autism odds

by  /  19 October 2020

Newborns with either above- or below-average levels of an immune-system marker, among other differences, have increased odds of being autistic.

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August 2020
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Researchers urge caution over study linking marijuana to autism

by  /  18 August 2020

Women who use marijuana while pregnant may be more likely to give birth to an autistic child. But investigators call for a cautious interpretation of the results.

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June 2020
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Decade of data dents idea of a ‘female protective effect’

by  /  12 June 2020

Brothers and sisters of people with autism are both about two to three times more likely than the general population to have an autistic child themselves.

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May 2020
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Environmental factors unlikely to account for rise in autism prevalence

by  /  18 May 2020

The relative contributions of genetic and environmental factors to autism have held steady over multiple decades, according to a large twin study.

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Common pregnancy complication linked to increased autism odds

by  /  15 May 2020

High blood pressure during pregnancy may raise a woman’s chances of having an autistic child.

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Autistic children’s emotional problems may persist into young adulthood

by  /  1 May 2020

A study that followed 126 autistic people in England from their preteen years to age 23 found little improvement in their behavioral and emotional problems.

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March 2020
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Neuroscientists call for virtual meetings to combat climate change

by  /  5 March 2020

Society for Neuroscience members are demanding sharp cuts to the carbon footprint of its annual meeting.

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January 2020
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The link between parental age and autism, explained

by  /  28 January 2020

Older men and women are more likely than young ones to have a child with autism, but this connection is not straightforward.

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Features / Special Reports / Sleepless on the spectrum

What’s the connection between autism and sleep?

20 January 2020

For many people with autism, a good night’s sleep is an elusive thing.

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