Scientists have found that exposure to air pollution early in life produces harmful changes in the brains of mice, including an enlargement of part of the brain that is seen in humans who have autism and schizophrenia.
Researchers have found that children who later develop autism are exposed to elevated levels of steroid hormones, such as testosterone, progesterone and cortisol, while still in the womb.
Could environmental influences cause autism? That's exactly what scientists have found in this latest study. They've discovered that some cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can result from environmental influences rather than gene mutations.
Previous studies have shown that nearly one-third of patients with an autism spectrum disorder also have epilepsy. Up until recently, however, only limited clinical research showed a connection between the two neurological conditions.
A sense of touch, like a gentle caress, can trigger our emotions and now, scientists have found out why. They've described a system of slowly conducting nerves in the skin that respond to gentle touch, which could tell us more about autism.
It's not just genes that influence whether or not a child develops autism, it's also environment. Now, scientists have taken a closer look and have found that environmental factors are far more important than previously thought.
A recent study conducted by researchers at King's College London, Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and Mount Sinai in the United States show that understanding the environmental factors of autism are just as important as studying the genetic aspects.
A recent study shows that autistic young adults may be at an increased risk for alcoholism.
Elizabeth Decker is graduating this month with a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Kansas State University. Her master's research report focuses on incorporating those with autism into a more inclusive environment.
It has been known that males are at a greater risk for neurodevelopmental disorders, autism spectrum disorder being one of them. But the reasons as to why this was a prevalent statistic have been unclear--until now.
Back in May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued new diagnosis guidelines for autism spectrum disorder. These new guidelines could pose a serious issue if thousands of previously qualified ASD patients are not treated properly.