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  • Teen Moms

    Parental Age Influences Autism Risk

    Previous studies have linked advancing paternal and maternal age with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Now a new multinational study of parental age and autism risk published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry finds that the children of teen mothers, older parents, and parents with an age gap of 10 years or more […] More

  • Embryos

    IVF May Increase Risk of Autism

    The use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) may increase the risk of autism among children born as a result of the fertility treatments, concludes a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers led by Peter Bearman, a professor of social sciences in the Interdisciplinary Center […] More

  • Young Child Receiving Vaccine

    Study Finds No Harmful Association Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

    Adding to the overwhelming evidence that vaccines and autism are unrelated, a new study published in the child health-themed issue of the journal JAMA concludes that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is not associated with increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) even among children at high risk for the disorder, notably children with siblings with […] More

  • Non-stress Fetal Monitoring with Gestational Diabetes

    Gestational Diabetes Linked to Increased Risk of Autism

    Gestational diabetes during pregnancy increases the risk for future health problems among mothers and babies. Now a new study published in the journal JAMA finds that intrauterine exposure to gestational diabetes mellitus diagnosed by 26 weeks of gestation is associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children. Women newly diagnosed with diabetes […] More

  • Autism Mutations

    Autism Genes Activate During Fetal Brain Development

    Adding to the growing body of evidence that autism begins before birth, researchers from the San Diego School of Medicine at the University of California have discovered that mutations that cause autism in children are connected to a pathway that regulates brain development. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a developmental disorder that manifests […] More

  • Pitocin

    Study Finds No Link Between Induced or Augmented Labor and Autism

    Inducing or augmenting labor with pitocin does not increase the risk of autism among children, says a new study presented at The Pregnancy Meeting™, the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, in San Diego, California. Pitocin, a synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin widely used to start or assist the progress of labor, […] More

  • Brothers on Alphabet Mat

    Most Siblings Have Different Autism-Risk Genes, Says Study

    The causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are myriad and complex. However, because the disorder tends to run in families, researchers previously thought that the genes could be inherited. However, a new largest-ever autism genome study reveals that most siblings with ASD have different autism-linked genes. ASD is a developmental disorder that manifests during the […] More

  • Sleeping Baby Boy

    Circumcision Linked to Increased Risk of Autism in Boys

    Circumcision rates in the United States decreased by 10 percent across the 32-year period from 1979 through 2010. Now a new study adds to the growing evidence of harm of routine infant circumcision (RIC), finding link between circumcision and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among boys. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that manifests […] More

  • Preeclampsia and Autism

    Preeclampsia During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk

    The causes of autism are myriad and complex. Now a new study as published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics finds that mothers of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more than twice as likely to have suffered from preeclampsia during pregnancy than mothers of children without the disorder. The likelihood of an ASD […] More

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