The question of autism’s heritability is compelling for researchers and laypeople alike, but many people in both groups misunderstand its definition.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
The first rigorous estimate of autism in Catalonia, Spain, has found a prevalence on par with that in the United States; an independent study in Iran, meanwhile, has found a prevalence that lags far behind.
Pregnant women’s use of acetaminophen may increase the odds of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in their children.
A new survey suggests autism prevalence has more than doubled over nine years, but the numbers may reflect only a rise in awareness and better data collection.
Being anemic while pregnant may increase a woman’s chance of having a child with intellectual disability, autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The loss of 21 genes on chromosome 3 may substantially raise the risk of autism.
People on the spectrum, and girls and women in particular, are at high risk of suicide; siblings of autistic people are also at heightened risk.
About 81 percent of autism risk comes from inherited genetic factors, according to an analysis of more than 2 million children from five countries.
Young autistic children may fall into three groups based on the number and type of co-occurring conditions they have.
Less than 1 percent of young children in northern Vietnam have autism, but this prevalence is higher than in previous reports.