Tag: environment

January 2017
Air supply: Some newborns exposed to their own feces in the womb require oxygen and intravenous fluids. Reynardt / iStock
News

Exposure to feces in womb tied to autism risk

by  /  16 January 2017

Babies who have their first bowel movement before birth have a slightly increased risk of autism, according to a study of nearly 10 million people.

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Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Daphna Joel: Brain sex differences may be mirage

by  /  3 January 2017

Instead of simply listing sex differences in the brain, researchers should consider how sex interacts with other factors to affect the brain, Joel says.

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December 2016
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Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

Spectrum of color: Our favorite photos from 2016

26 December 2016

Peruse our picks for the best science photos published on Spectrum this year.

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Illustration by Bee Johnson
Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

For autism researchers, mundane moments spark ‘Eureka’ insights

26 December 2016

Autism researchers reflect on the unusual episodes that spawned significant scientific projects.

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Photo by Anna Mirgos
News / Toolbox

Cozy cage offers natural setting for mice to socialize

by  /  6 December 2016

New cages for mice mimic the animals’ natural burrows, providing a realistic environment for studies of social behavior.

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November 2016
Saving cells: Blocking a specific immune pathway in pregnant mice (right) prevents the loss (left) of neurons  in their pups.
News

Immune molecule may mediate effects of maternal infection

by  /  16 November 2016

Infections during pregnancy increase levels of an immune molecule in the placenta that alters brain development and behavior in mice.

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Bacterial barrier: Inflammatory cells (brown) invade the placenta during a strep B infection.
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Placenta may hold clues to sex bias in autism

by  /  16 November 2016

Infecting pregnant rats with group B streptococcus triggers inflammation in the fetal side of the placenta, but only in male fetuses.

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Illustration by Gizem Vural
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Yael Niv: How to fight sexism in science

by  /  14 November 2016

Male scientists typically dominate speaker lineups at conferences. The skewed gender ratio stunts women’s careers — and progress in science.

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October 2016
Age effect:  Having young parents lowers a child’s risk of autism.Hero Images / Getty Images
News

Parental age has different impact on autism, schizophrenia

by  /  31 October 2016

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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Features / Webinars

Webinar: Alysson Muotri discusses stem cell research in autism

19 October 2016

Register now for the next Spectrum webinar, featuring Alysson Muotri, who will discuss how stem cell research can provide insight into human neurodevelopment and the social brain.

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