Exposure to influenza and a lack of sunlight may drive the increased risk of autism.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
From parental age to infection during pregnancy, environmental elements can influence autism risk.
Children born to parents who are 35 or older are at an increased risk of autism; for schizophrenia, the increased risk is limited to those born to mothers in their teens or early 20s.
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High levels of chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls in a pregnant woman’s blood may raise the risk of autism in her child.
Only a small fraction of women who battle infections during pregnancy have children with autism, suggesting that some infections are riskier than others.
Jill Escher is on a mission to spur research into how chemicals in the environment may influence risk for autism.
Infection during pregnancy may blunt the growth of neurons in the fetus by boosting levels of the chemical messenger serotonin.
Autism is four times more prevalent among extremely premature babies than in the general population.