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July 2020
Man working from home office.

INSAR 2020, from home

by  /  31 July 2020

Like so many other events this year, autism’s biggest annual conference — the International Society for Autism Research meeting — was forced to go virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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May 2020
Doctor checking pregnant woman's blood pressure.

Common pregnancy complication linked to increased autism odds

by  /  15 May 2020

High blood pressure during pregnancy may raise a woman’s chances of having an autistic child.

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February 2020
54% of autistic mothers report that professionals involved with their children often don’t believe them, compared with 31% of neurotypical mothers. 41% of autistic mothers feel that agencies do not support them sufficiently when they ask for parenting help. 68% of neurotypical mothers feel they can turn to others for parenting support. Only 41% of autistic mothers feel the same. 44% of autistic mothers report having anxiety that affects their ability to communicate, compared with 6% of neurotypical mothers. 38% of autistic mothers rarely or never disclose their autism diagnosis to professionals when talking about their children. 94% of neurotypical mothers say they can cope with parental multitasking. Only 51% of autistic mothers say the same. 85% of neurotypical mothers say they can cope with all the domestic responsibilities of parenting compared with 47% of autistic mothers. Autistic mothers do not differ from neurotypical mothers in putting their children’s needs above their own.

Why autistic mothers may feel overwhelmed and undersupported

by  /  26 February 2020

Autistic mothers report having more anxiety and depression than neurotypical mothers do.

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December 2019
Illustration shows fetus with molecules interacting inside the mother's belly

In defense of sex steroids’ role in autism

by ,  /  12 December 2019

Multiple independent studies are revealing evidence suggesting that sex steroids are important in autism.

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November 2019

Acetaminophen use in pregnancy linked to autism, attention deficit in children

by  /  28 November 2019

Pregnant women’s use of acetaminophen may increase the odds of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in their children.

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Woman doing yoga on grass field

Vitamin D linked to lowered autism risk in large study

by  /  20 November 2019

Children born with high blood levels of vitamin D have 25 percent decreased odds of autism compared with those born with low levels.

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October 2019
Heart surgery

Children with congenital heart defects have increased odds of autism

by  /  24 October 2019

Children who are born with mild heart problems are more likely to be autistic than their typical peers are.

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Cesarean sections may leave young brains vulnerable to injury

by  /  22 October 2019

Delivery by cesarean section leads to subtle brain and behavioral alterations in mice, particularly those delivered prematurely.

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Maternal infection may accelerate expression of autism genes

by  /  21 October 2019

Exposure to infection in utero may speed up the expression of many genes linked to autism — and hasten changes in brain anatomy.

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Mock flu triggers changes in brain, behavior of monkeys

by  /  20 October 2019

Marmosets exposed to a mock infection in the womb have altered vocal development and diminished social interest; exposed macaques show changes in brain structure and function.

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