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NEWS Vitamin D deficiency linked to autism

March 22nd 2017

A lack of vitamin D—the 'sunshine vitamin'—seems to play a key part in the development of autism. Women who are given vitamin D supplements during the first trimester of their pregnancy are far less likely to have a child who has the condition, say researchers.

NEWS Secret screening for Wakefield’s vaccine movie following ban

February 6th 2017

A screening of Vaxxed, the film directed by Andrew Wakefield, is going ahead at a secret venue in London on February 14—after it was pulled from another cinema that had been targeted by protestors. It will also be screened at the European Parliament on Thursday (February 9th) and in Paris next week.

NEWS Vaccine sceptic set to review safety of jabs in new Trump administration

January 11th 2017

America’s next president, Donald Trump, looks set to ask vaccine sceptic Robert J Kennedy Jr to chair a study into vaccine safety.

FEATURE Bugs in the system

January 2017 (Vol. 27 Issue 10) /

New research has revealed how the microbes in our gut influence our central nervous system, and healing these microorganisms may, in turn, be the answer to everything from spinal cord injury and stroke damage to mental illness. Celeste McGovern investigates

NEWS Autistic children can make eye contact—it’s just they don’t understand its significance

November 30th 2016

It’s not true that autistic children can’t make eye contact; they can, but they don’t always understand its significance, a new study has found. It’s because they don’t appreciate the role it plays in communication that they often don’t bother.

NEWS Autism rate could be even higher as cases wrongly diagnosed as ADHD

November 2nd 2016

Around one in every 42 boys is today diagnosed with autism—and the true figure could be even higher as many cases are being wrongly identified as ADHD (attention-deficit, hyperactive disorder), say researchers.

NEWS Autism more common in autumn babies—and mothers’ vit D levels could be to blame

September 5th 2016

Autumn babies are more likely to suffer from learning difficulties. This is probably because their mothers’ levels of vitamin D, the ‘sunshine vitamin’, were at their lowest when they were conceived, researchers believe.

NEWS Children more likely to develop autism if they have an autistic older sibling

August 8th 2016

Just why a child develops autism remains something of a mystery—but there could be a genetic link. Children whose sibling had autism, or ASD (autism spectrum disorder), are 14 times more likely to have the problem themselves.

NEWS Paracetamol in pregnancy linked to increased autism, ADHD risk

July 4th 2016

Women who regularly take the painkiller paracetamol (acetaminophen) when they are pregnant are more likely to give birth to a child with autism or ADHD (attention-deficit, hyperactive disorder), a new study has suggested.

NEWS Not all in the head: autism could be a disorder of our peripheral nerves

June 13th 2016

Autism is seen as a developmental problem that’s centred in the brain—but new research suggests it could also be found in the peripheral nerves in the limbs and fingers.

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