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

June 2015
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Maureen Durkin: Understanding autism’s rise

by  /  2 June 2015

Autism is undoubtedly on the rise, but we may never be able to fully explain why, says Maureen Durkin.
 

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May 2015
News

Power of girls to thwart autism shows up in sibling study

by  /  28 May 2015

Children whose older sisters are on the spectrum are at higher risk for autism than are those with affected older brothers, a new study suggests. Younger brothers of children with autism are at greater risk than younger sisters.

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News

Buildup of gene tags may clarify timing of Rett syndrome

by  /  22 May 2015

A new study may help explain why the symptoms of Rett syndrome appear 6 to 18 months after birth. It suggests that the role of MeCP2, the protein missing in the syndrome, becomes more important as the brain matures.

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Features / Deep Dive

Unseen agony: Dismantling autism’s house of pain

by  /  21 May 2015

Some people with autism can tolerate extreme heat, cold or pressure and seem relatively insensitive to pain. Paradoxically, they may experience intense pain from idiosyncratic sources but struggle to communicate it.

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News

Adults with autism are at risk for host of health problems

by  /  16 May 2015

Adults with autism are at an increased risk for diabetes, depression and a number of other health problems, suggests a large survey of electronic health records.

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News

Parents’ DNA tags tied to autism symptoms in toddlers

by  /  14 May 2015

Women who have unusual patterns of chemical tags on their DNA during pregnancy may give birth to children who develop autism symptoms. The preliminary results are being presented today at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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April 2015
News

Rett mutation may lead to runaway inflammation

by  /  30 April 2015

The mutation that causes Rett syndrome may spark uncontrolled inflammation throughout the body and brain, suggests a study published last week. The findings may explain the syndrome’s wide range of symptoms, from seizures to gut problems.

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News

Monkey mother’s immune response changes her infant’s brain

by  /  27 April 2015

Monkeys whose mothers are infected with a mock virus while pregnant show abnormal branching of certain brain cells. The findings may help explain why infection during a woman’s pregnancy ups the risk of autism in her children.

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Week of AprilApr
20th
2015
News / Spotted

Spotted: Newt’s plea; CRISPR caution

by  /  24 April 2015

Newt Gingrich wants to double spending on medical research, and Chinese researchers highlight the hazards of editing human genomes.

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Opinion

Diabetes during pregnancy ups child’s autism risk

by  /  24 April 2015

Children born to women who develop diabetes during the first or second trimester of pregnancy increase their risk of autism by 42 percent.

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