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From parental age to infection during pregnancy, environmental elements can influence autism risk.

April 2016

Pesticide effect on cells may resemble signs of autism

by  /  4 April 2016

A class of fungicides used on crops can produce changes in mouse brain cells that look similar to those seen in people with autism.

March 2016

Bits of bacteria may change brains of fetal mice

by  /  31 March 2016

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.


Taking meds during pregnancy brings autism risk, benefits

by  /  10 March 2016

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.

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Study links dietary supplement to brain development

by  /  7 March 2016

For some pregnant women, taking the supplement carnitine may lower the risk of having a child with autism.

February 2016

Obesity, diabetes in mother up autism risk for child

by  /  12 February 2016

The combination of obesity and diabetes in a pregnant woman substantially increases the likelihood that her child will have autism.

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Questions for Moeller, Ochman: Going ape over the microbiome

by  /  2 February 2016

Social interactions shape the bustling communities of gut bacteria in chimpanzees.

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November 2015

Gut feeling: How microbes shape autism

by  /  18 November 2015

An unusual mix of bacteria may be to blame for the frequent gut problems in people with autism. New findings suggest they may also alter the mind.


Why don’t we know what environmental factors cause autism?

by  /  4 November 2015

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.

October 2015

Male mice more vulnerable to tilt of gut-brain axis

by  /  22 October 2015

Early disruption of the microbes that inhabit the gut can alter a mouse’s sociability long term.


Environmental double hit may induce seizures, autism behaviors

by  /  21 October 2015

The combination of prenatal stress and a preterm labor drug may elicit seizures and autism-like behaviors in rat pups.