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Environment

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

May 2016
News

Prenatal infection may alter behavior in generations of mice

by  /  12 May 2016

Triggering immune defenses in pregnant mice leads to autism-like behaviors not only in their pups, but also in the following generations.

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April 2016
News

Pesticide effect on cells may resemble signs of autism

by  /  4 April 2016

A class of fungicides used on crops can produce changes in mouse brain cells that look similar to those seen in people with autism.

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March 2016
News

Bits of bacteria may change brains of fetal mice

by  /  31 March 2016

Bacterial fragments can cross the placenta of a pregnant mouse into the brains of her developing pups, leading to a surplus of neurons in the pups.

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News

Taking meds during pregnancy brings autism risk, benefits

by  /  10 March 2016

Studies link taking antidepressants, acetaminophen and some asthma drugs during pregnancy to autism risk, but the dangers of going off them may outweigh the risks.

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News

Study links dietary supplement to brain development

by  /  7 March 2016

For some pregnant women, taking the supplement carnitine may lower the risk of having a child with autism.

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February 2016
News

Obesity, diabetes in mother up autism risk for child

by  /  12 February 2016

The combination of obesity and diabetes in a pregnant woman substantially increases the likelihood that her child will have autism.

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Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Moeller, Ochman: Going ape over the microbiome

by  /  2 February 2016

Social interactions shape the bustling communities of gut bacteria in chimpanzees.

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December 2015
Features / Special Reports / 2015 Year in review

Notable papers of 2015

22 December 2015

Our top 10 papers for this year, based on input from autism researchers, capture the full spectrum of findings — from molecular biology to large-scale epidemiology.

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November 2015
Features / Deep Dive

Gut feeling: How microbes shape autism

by  /  18 November 2015

An unusual mix of bacteria may be to blame for the frequent gut problems in people with autism. New findings suggest they may also alter the mind.

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Features / Deep Dive

Why don’t we know what environmental factors cause autism?

by  /  4 November 2015

Scientists can rattle off lists of dozens of genes linked to autism, but there’s much less agreement about which elements of the environment contribute to the condition — and by how much.

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