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