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Autism Risk Is Higher When Mom Is Obese and Has Diabetes During Pregnancy

January 29, 2016

Mothers-to-be who are both obese and diabetic have a higher risk of giving birth to a child with autism than healthy women, a new study suggests.

Genetically Modified Monkeys Might Aid Autism Research

January 25, 2016

By Karen PallaritoHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Chinese scientists report they’ve created monkeys that carry a gene linked to autism-like behaviors.
The altered monkeys also produced offspring that inherited the human gene, according to research published online Jan. 25 in the journal Nature.
The so-called “transgenic” monkeys provide a “very unique model for […]

More Evidence Preterm Birth Could Raise Autism Risk

January 21, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — According to a new study, very premature infants may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with autism by age 4, although the research questions just how high the odds are.
The Australian study, published online Jan. 21 in Pediatrics, found that just under 2 percent […]

Prenatal Exposure to Asthma Drug May Increase Autism Risk

January 6, 2016

Children whose mothers took certain asthma drugs during pregnancy may have a slightly increased risk of autism, a new study suggests.

Kids Born Through IVF Show No Higher Risk for Developmental Delays: Study

January 4, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Preschoolers who were conceived through fertility treatments don’t seem to have any special risk of developmental delays, a new study suggests.
The researchers said the findings, published online Jan. 4 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, should be reassuring to the growing number of U.S. […]

Study: Extremely Premature Babies at Greater Risk for Autism

December 28, 2015

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Babies born very prematurely are at higher risk for developing autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests.
Researchers found differences in the brains of babies born before 27 weeks’ gestation who were later diagnosed with the disorder, commonly known as autism.
Autism is usually linked with genetic factors, but the […]

New Rules for Mammograms, Tanning Beds Top Health News of 2015

December 28, 2015

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Managing Editor
MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While no one health story dominated in 2015, the year did mark some milestones and important trends, with news in cancer screening and prevention topping the list.
In October, the American Cancer Society revised its influential guidelines on breast cancer screening — moving the suggested […]

Scientists Link Brain Chemical to Autism

December 17, 2015

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Scientists say they’ve discovered a specific chemical in the brain they believe is linked to autism.
The Harvard University researchers found that autistic behavior is associated with a breakdown in the signaling pathway used by a major inhibitory neurotransmitter called GABA.
“This is the first time, in humans, that a […]

Antidepressants in Pregnancy May Raise Autism Risk, Study Suggests

December 14, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who take antidepressants during the final two trimesters of pregnancy may put their children at risk for autism spectrum disorder, a new Canadian study suggests.
Researchers said it seemed that children had an 87 percent increased risk of autism if their mothers used antidepressants during […]

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in Mom Linked to Autism Risk in Child

December 8, 2015

Children of mothers with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) may have an increased risk for autism.


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