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Environment

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

February 2010
News

Pregnancy drugs increase baby’s autism risk, group claims

by  /  16 February 2010

A class of medications widely used during pregnancy to treat asthma and prevent early labor increases the baby’s risk of autism and other psychiatric disorders, according to a controversial review in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Opinion

Vulnerable age

by  /  15 February 2010

A new report adds to the wave of research on autism risk that’s shifting the focus from older fathers to older mothers.

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Opinion

Budget boom

by  /  9 February 2010

There’s good news for autism research tucked into President Obama’s 2011 budget proposal: $222 million of it, to be exact.

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News

Variants in trust hormone receptor up the risk for autism

by  /  1 February 2010

Genetic variations that tweak the brain’s release of oxytocin — a hormone involved in social bonding and establishing trust — may increase the risk of developing autism or traits of the disorder, according to three new studies published in the past few months.

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January 2010
News

First drug for autism enters final stage of testing

by  /  28 January 2010

A large clinical trial to test the first drug specifically designed to treat autism is under way at 12 sites across the United States.

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Opinion

Food for thought

by  /  12 January 2010

There is no evidence to support the idea of autism-specific gut problems, according to a review published Monday in Pediatrics.

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November 2009
News

Loss of inhibitory neurons marks autism mouse models

by  /  24 November 2009

Autism may be the result of faulty wiring that occurs during early brain development, according to two independent studies that looked at the origins of circuit disruption.

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News

Only subset of chromosome 16 variants linked to autism

by  /  20 November 2009

Deletions or duplications of chromosomal segment 16p11.2 — previously reported as a key autism region — are seen in people with developmental delays and speech and behavioral problems, but not necessarily autism. That’s the finding from two large studies published last week of people carrying these rare genetic variations.

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October 2009
Opinion

Lessons from an obscure tumor

by  /  28 October 2009

There are well-established paternal age effects in diseases less common than autism. A new paper in Nature Genetics explains how the effects might arise, and it involves a kind of tumor you’ve probably never heard of.

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News

Enriched environment improves symptoms of Rett

by  /  23 October 2009

Giving mouse models of Rett syndrome access to toys, wheels and contact with other mice rescues motor skill and other deficits characteristic of the disorder, according to results presented in a poster session Wednesday at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago.

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