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

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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.
Features / Special Reports / Sleepless on the spectrum
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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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Early life experiences may shift severity of autism

by  /  17 January 2020
A child’s environment exerts a strong influence on the severity of her autism, a study of identical twins suggests.
January 2020
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Opinion / Viewpoint

Autism heritability: It probably does not mean what you think it means

by  /  7 January 2020

The question of autism’s heritability is compelling for researchers and laypeople alike, but many people in both groups misunderstand its definition.

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November 2019
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Acetaminophen use in pregnancy linked to autism, attention deficit in children

by  /  28 November 2019

Pregnant women’s use of acetaminophen may increase the odds of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in their children.

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Vitamin D linked to lowered autism risk in large study

by  /  20 November 2019

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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October 2019
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Double immune hit challenges female mice’s resistance to autism

by  /  23 October 2019

Female mice can withstand a maternal antibody that triggers brain abnormalities and autism-like behaviors in males. But additional immune challenges spell trouble.

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Maternal infection may accelerate expression of autism genes

by  /  21 October 2019

Exposure to infection in utero may speed up the expression of many genes linked to autism — and hasten changes in brain anatomy.

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Mock flu triggers changes in brain, behavior of monkeys

by  /  20 October 2019

Marmosets exposed to a mock infection in the womb have altered vocal development and diminished social interest; exposed macaques show changes in brain structure and function.

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September 2019
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Human embryo model provides window into early development

by  /  30 September 2019

A 3D model of a human embryo reveals the biological processes that unfold in early development.

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Anemia in pregnant woman may alter child’s brain development

by  /  20 September 2019

Being anemic while pregnant may increase a woman’s chance of having a child with intellectual disability, autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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August 2019
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Cesarean sections tenuously tied to autism

by ,  /  29 August 2019

A new study that combines data from more than 20 million births has found that a cesarean section delivery is associated with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Early exposure to speech may shape autistic children’s language ability

by  /  1 August 2019

The more words autistic children hear as infants — and the more verbal interactions they have with their caregivers — the better their language skills at age 2.

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