Maternal stress

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Change of heart and mind: Autism’s ties to cardiac defects

Children with congenital heart disease have an increased likelihood of autism. Why?

By Lauren Schenkman
21 July 2023 | 12 min read
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The most personalized medicine: Studying your own child’s rare condition

A handful of scientists are committed to advancing research on the autism-related genetic conditions their own children have.

By Lydia Denworth
7 July 2022 | 18 min listen
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The link between vitamins, supplements and autism, explained

Too little — or too much — of certain substances during pregnancy may increase the odds of having a child with autism. Here we explain what scientists know about these associations.

By Peter Hess
14 April 2021 | 6 min read
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Epidurals linked to slightly higher autism odds, but connection is unclear

Women who receive epidural anesthesia during labor have an elevated chance of having a child with autism, a new study has found. But it is too soon for doctors to recommend against epidurals, experts say.

By Peter Hess
13 October 2020 | 6 min read
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Common pregnancy complication linked to increased autism odds

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

By Marcus A. Banks
15 May 2020 | 3 min read

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

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

By Peter Hess
28 November 2019 | 4 min read
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Asthma in parents shows slim link to autism in children

A child's risk of autism is slightly elevated if a parent or sibling has asthma or an autoimmune disease.

By Hannah Furfaro
1 April 2019 | 4 min read
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What the placenta could reveal about autism

Understanding the interactions between the placenta and the uterine lining could explain how maternal immune activation leads to autism.

By Judy Van de Water
19 February 2019 | 4 min read

Lab-grown placentas, cell atlas may aid study of early pregnancy

A cell atlas and a cell-culture method promise to advance scientists' understanding of the placenta and its effects on a fetus.

By Maris Fessenden
1 February 2019 | 2 min read

Inflammation in womb may spawn autism-like traits in males

Chronic exposure to inflammation in the womb alters autism gene expression and disrupts social behavior in male mice, but not females.

By Rachel Zamzow
6 November 2018 | 2 min read

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