Mothers

How Immune Response in Pregnancy May Lead to Brain Disfunction in Offspring

Source: 
Science Daily
Date Published: 
October 14, 2010
Abstract: 

A pregnant woman's immune response to viral infections may induce subtle neurological changes in the unborn child that can lead to an increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders including schizophrenia and autism.

Neonatal Jaundice Linked to Autism

Source: 
MedPage Today
Date Published: 
October 11, 2010
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Full-term neonates with jaundice are at greatly increased risk of later being diagnosed with a disorder of psychological development, a Danish study found. Neonatal jaundice typically is caused by increased bilirubin production and inadequate liver excretory function. Recent research has suggested that even moderate bilirubin exposure in very young children can be harmful, possibly leading to impairments in their development. They found that jaundice was more common among boys, infants born preterm, infants with congenital malformations, and low-birthweight infants.

Early Life Influences Risk for Psychiatric Disorders

Source: 
Science Daily
Date Published: 
August 18, 2010
Abstract: 

For more than a century, clinical investigators have focused on early life as a source of adult psychopathology. Although the hypothesized mechanisms have evolved, a central notion remains: early life is a period of unique sensitivity during which experience confers enduring effects.

IVF Linked to Autism

Source: 
Science Daily
Date Published: 
June 14, 2010
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The first "test tube baby" was born in 1978. With advances in reproductive science, an estimated one percent of all American babies are now born each year through in vitro fertilization (IVF). But IVF and other assisted fertility treatments may be solving one problem by creating another, suggests new evidence from Tel Aviv University.

Studies Link Infertility to Autism

Source: 
Time
Date Published: 
May 20, 2010
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A study, conducted by a team at the Harvard School of Public Health, found that autism was nearly twice as common among the children of women who were treated with the ovulation-inducing drug Clomid and other similar drugs than women who did not suffer from infertility, and the link persisted even after researchers accounted for the women's age. Moreover, the association between fertility drugs and autism appeared to strengthen with exposure: the longer women reported being treated for infertility, the higher the chances their child had an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Autism Families: High Divorce Rate is a Myth

Source: 
Web MD
Date Published: 
May 19, 2010
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Parents of autistic children often hear that the divorce rate in families with autism is 80%, but a new study debunks that figure as a myth. There really weren't any significant differences in terms of family structure when you consider children with autism and those without.

Vaccines: The Reality Behind The Debate

Source: 
Parents Magazine
Date Published: 
April 12, 2010
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Wary parents want to protect their child from any possible risk. It's time to inject a dose of reality into the rumor-driven debate.

Link Between Advanced Maternal Age and Autism Confirmed

Source: 
Science Daily
Date Published: 
February 8, 2010
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Advanced maternal age is linked to a significantly elevated risk of having a child with autism, regardless of the father's age, according to an exhaustive study of all births in California during the 1990s by UC Davis Health System researchers. Advanced paternal age is associated with elevated autism risk only when the father is older and the mother is under 30, the study found.

Those Kids

Source: 
Huffington Post
Date Published: 
December 15, 2009
Abstract: 

Disgruntled mother writes about her frustrations with the use of the phrase "Those Kids" by community members to describe autistic children like her son.

Autism Treatment: Success Stories More Persuasive To Some than Hard Data

Source: 
Chicago Tribune
Date Published: 
November 22, 2009

Parents often swear their children with autism get better while they are undergoing alternative therapies. Pitches from doctors providing alternative treatments are difficult to resist, he said. But in evaluating a therapy, the challenge is determining how much, if any, of the progress can be credited to the treatment. Some parents are beginning to realize their child was progressing despite the use of alternative treatments.