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Environment

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

June 2017
News

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy tied to autism risk

by  /  8 June 2017

Children born to women who had low blood levels of vitamin D while pregnant double their risk of autism.

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May 2017
News

Smoking during pregnancy may up autism risk in grandchildren

by  /  29 May 2017

A woman who smokes while pregnant may increase autism risk in her daughter’s children.

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News

Infection during pregnancy may alter expression of autism genes

by  /  22 May 2017

A mother’s immune response to a severe infection during pregnancy disrupts the expression of autism genes in her child, a rat study suggests.

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Features / Special Reports

Untold stories of adults with autism

16 May 2017

Most of the conversation about autism — whether about services or science — concerns children with the condition. But what happens when children with autism grow up?

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News

Parents’ ages influence autism traits in general population

by  /  4 May 2017

Children born to parents who are unusually young or old stand an increased chance of having features of autism or other psychiatric conditions.

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April 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

Romanian orphans reveal clues to origins of autism

by  /  25 April 2017

Understanding autism features in children who were deprived of social contact as infants could offer clues to the condition.

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News

Trio of studies cast doubt on link between autism, antidepressants

by  /  18 April 2017

Increased autism risk among children exposed to antidepressants in utero may be related less to the medications than to the mothers’ depression.

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March 2017
News

Difficulties with pregnancy, labor may raise child’s autism risk

by  /  23 March 2017

A large study finds that certain health complications during pregnancy or delivery increase the chances of having a child with autism by 26 percent or more.

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News

‘Triple-hit’ study may help explain autism’s male bias

by  /  20 March 2017

The absence of an autism-linked gene, combined with exposure to a mock infection, produces social deficits in mice — but only in males.

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February 2017
Features / Deep Dive

This is a story of autism in small-town America

by  /  1 February 2017

Rural living can be wonderful: community, friendly faces, a slower pace of life. But when there’s autism in the family, it can be tough.

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