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A selection of stories from major news organisations and sites specialising in Autism and related subjects.

Sciencedaily.com: Autism risk linked to fever during pregnancy

Fever during pregnancy may raise the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the child, according to a study led by scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The effect was most pronounced in the second trimester, raising odds for ASD by 40 percent. Risk of an ASD was increased by over 300 percent for the children of women reporting three or more fevers after

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Sciencedaily.com: Molecule may help maintain brain's synaptic balance

Many neurological diseases are malfunctions of synapses, or the points of contact between neurons that allow senses and other information to pass from finger to brain. In the brain, there is a careful balance between the excitatory synapses that allow messages to pass, and the inhibitory synapses that dampen the signal. When that balance is off, the brain becomes unable to process information normally, leading to conditions like epilepsy.

Now researchers at Jefferson have discovered

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Dailymail.co.uk: Expectant mothers who have flu or a fever raise the risk of their child having autism by up to 300%, study shows

Dailymail.co.uk: Expectant mothers who have flu or a fever raise the risk of their child having autism by up to 300%, study shows

Links between flu in expectant mothers and autism have long been uncoveredBut the new Columbia University study bolsters the growing body of evidence Having a fever at any time during pregnancy heightens the risk by 34 per cent

Having a fever in pregnancy really does increase the risk of your child having autism, alarming

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Spectrumnews.org: Affinity for faces may emerge in womb

Spectrumnews.org: Affinity for faces may emerge in womb

Turning heads: A video ultrasound technique reveals fetuses turning their heads toward face-like patterns of light.

Fetuses favor patterns of light that resemble faces over those without face-like features, a new study suggests1. The study, published last week in Current Biology, is the first to test visual processing in babies before birth.

The findings suggest that a preference for faces starts even before a baby has ever seen a face. And they run counter to

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Sciencedaily.com: Predicting treatment effectiveness for adults with autism

A collaboration between the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas and the George Washington University created a protocol to predict individual treatment effectiveness for adults on the autism spectrum. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the researchers identified certain brain regions that significantly correlate with an increase in social abilities following a virtual environment based training program. Adults on the autism spectrum who showed greater activity in the social brain network

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Usatoday.com: Autism risk increases 34% if mom has fever while pregnant, study says

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Pregnant women who come down with a fever, especially in the second trimester, are at increased risk of having a baby with autism, a new study reports. 

Research published Tuesday by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health observed 95,754 Norwegian children born between 1999-2009. About 15,700 children where born to mothers who had fevers during their pregnancies. Within that group, researchers identified 583 cases of autism spectrum disorder. 

Autism risk increased

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