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.
From parental age to infection during pregnancy, environmental elements can influence autism risk.
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.
For some pregnant women, taking the supplement carnitine may lower the risk of having a child with autism.
The combination of obesity and diabetes in a pregnant woman substantially increases the likelihood that her child will have autism.
Social interactions shape the bustling communities of gut bacteria in chimpanzees.
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.
Early disruption of the microbes that inhabit the gut can alter a mouse’s sociability long term.
The combination of prenatal stress and a preterm labor drug may elicit seizures and autism-like behaviors in rat pups.
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