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

November 2018

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
Two children picking mushrooms in a field.

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

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

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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Premature baby in hospital, attended by adult

Complications during pregnancy may contribute to autism risk

by  /  22 August 2018

High blood pressure, preterm birth and other pregnancy complications may increase the risk of autism.

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Newborn fingers on mother's hand.

Whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy carries no risk of autism

by  /  13 August 2018

Children born to women who received a routine vaccine while pregnant are not at an increased risk of autism.

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