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?
From parental age to infection during pregnancy, environmental elements can influence autism risk.
Children born to parents who are unusually young or old stand an increased chance of having features of autism or other psychiatric conditions.
Understanding autism features in children who were deprived of social contact as infants could offer clues to the condition.
Increased autism risk among children exposed to antidepressants in utero may be related less to the medications than to the mothers’ depression.
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.
The absence of an autism-linked gene, combined with exposure to a mock infection, produces social deficits in mice — but only in males.
Instead of simply listing sex differences in the brain, researchers should consider how sex interacts with other factors to affect the brain, Joel says.
Women who come down with influenza while pregnant are no more likely than those without the infection to have a child with autism.
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