In rare cases, the body’s response to the bacterial infection appears to attack the brain.
Some links between sensory and motor brain networks are unusually weak in individuals with autism, according to a new study. Other connections are enhanced, however, and their strength tracks with the severity of autism traits.
Medical reporter Laura Beil hoped at least a few people would listen to the podcast she had been working on for months in 2018. After all her hard work, she says, she just didn’t want it to be a flop. The podcast, Dr. Death, which has been downloaded more than 25 million times since it premiered in September, is anything but.
Patterns of brain activity in people with autism are unusually consistent over seconds — and even years, two new studies suggest.
The network of researchers keeping tabs on autism prevalence in U.S. children plans to follow up with some of those children in adolescence, using new funds available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
High blood pressure or abnormal bleeding during pregnancy, as well as complications such as cesarean delivery or preterm birth, may all increase the risk of autism, two new studies suggest1,2. And the more difficulties during pregnancy and delivery, the more severe the autism features in the child, according to one of the studies.
The first study, published in Autism, suggests that siblings of autistic children experience many of the same complications.
“We always investigate prenatal factors...
A new map shows three brain networks that govern social communication in rhesus macaques1.
Identifying these networks may help scientists study the neural basis of social communication in monkey models of autism.
The networks are at work when monkeys observe other monkeys, interact with other monkeys or produce facial expressions. The results appeared 25 July in Neuron.
Other studies have tracked neural activity in monkeys when they see the faces of other monkeys. But researchers could not be...
The brains of children with autism fold differently than those of their typical peers, two new studies suggest1,2. But whether they are unusually smooth or convoluted depends on location and age.
Certain regions of the brain’s outer layer, the cerebral cortex, are more intricately folded in school-age children and adolescents with autism than they are in controls, according to one of the studies.
In young people, this folding difference may be the most obvious structural feature of the autism...
Brain networks in babies reflect the degree of inflammation their mothers experienced during pregnancy, according to a new study1. A mother’s immune response also tracks with her child’s cognitive abilities at age 2.
The findings support the hypothesis that in-utero exposure to inflammation shapes brain development and boosts the risk of conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.
The new work provides an empirical look at the influence of the maternal immune system on children, says lead in...
The brains of men with autism have a mosaic of features from both genders, a new study suggests.
Most every freelancer has gotten stuck with a low-paying assignment or two (or, let’s be real—probably more than a few). While poor pay is often an unavoidable part of freelancing, low pay rates aren’t just damaging to freelancers’ bank accounts. They also threaten journalists’ ability to do high-quality work. “Good reporting just takes time,” says independent journalist Wudan Yan. “It’s an investment on everyone’s part, and I think editors and publications should take that seriously.”
Some of Melinda Wenner Moyer’s first features may not be as widely recognized as her award- winning stories in Scientific American or Slate. Instead, they can be found in Pitt Med, the quarterly magazine of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. As she covered topics like immunotherapy for type 1 diabetes and engineered heart tissue for the institutional publication, Moyer says she honed her narrative voice and learned to infuse her writing with color. And when she was trying to bre...