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

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How pregnancy may shape a child’s autism

by  /  5 December 2018
Autism is predominantly genetic in origin, but a growing list of prenatal exposures for mother and baby may sway the odds.
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Infection during childhood may aggravate autism risk from mutation

by  /  7 November 2018
Triggering an immune defense in newborn male mice missing a copy of TSC2, a gene linked to autism, impairs the mice's social memory.
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Inflammation in womb may spawn autism-like traits in males

by  /  6 November 2018
Chronic exposure to inflammation in the womb alters autism gene expression and disrupts social behavior in male mice, but not females.
November 2018
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Environmental risk for autism, explained

by  /  5 November 2018

Autism results from an interplay between genetics and the environment, but it has been tough to nail down the environmental factors involved.

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Brain scans of rats reveal molecular clues to autism’s link

by  /  4 November 2018

Rats exposed prenatally to a cocktail of ‘autoimmune’ molecules have altered levels of two types of compounds needed for brain development.

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Fever in pregnant rats alters pups’ social skills

by  /  3 November 2018

Fever in pregnant rats around the time of delivery disrupts their pups’ communication and social behavior.

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Decoy protein defangs immune molecule linked to autism

by  /  3 November 2018

A specially made ‘decoy’ protein prevents an immune molecule from crossing the placenta; the strategy may prevent the brain changes that lead to autism.

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October 2018
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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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September 2018
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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.

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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
Multimedia / Webinars

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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