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Articles Tagged: Autism Risk Factors

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The Role Male Sex Hormones Play In Autism Risk

November 27, 2018

Males are about four times as likely as females to be diagnosed with autism, but experts still don’t know why. Researchers explored what role male sex hormones play in autism risk.

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Autism Clues in Placental Veins and Arteries

September 25, 2018

The placenta plays an all-important role in controlling the fetal environment, yet has rarely been considered in studies of neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism - until now.

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EARLI study unravels some of the mysteries of autism risk

August 28, 2018

Researchers explore the potential link between a father's genes and autism risk. 

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2017 IACC Report Includes Autism Institute Researchers

April 27, 2018

Work by Dr. Diana Robins and Dr. Craig Newschaffer was included in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee's 2017 report on the top 20 breakthroughs in autism research.

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Exploring How Dietary Factors Might Influence Autism Risk

April 11, 2018

A new study is one of the first to look at prenatal levels of the polyunsaturated fatty acids that are critical to brain development in relation to autism risk. Maternal diet is the main source of these fatty acids for the developing brain.

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Searching for Preventable Causes

April 11, 2018

A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Director Dr. Craig Newschaffer is one of the world’s premier autism researchers. He focuses on identifying modifiable risk factors that might lead to the prevention of adverse behavioral effects in certain individuals with autism.

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Discovering the Environmental Factors That Contribute to Autism Risk

April 11, 2018

Measuring chemicals in the body that start accumulating as early as the 12th week of pregnancy could reveal parts of the largely unknown environmental contribution to autism.

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