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Brain’s immune cells may explain sex bias in autism
A boost in the activity of microglia, the brain’s immune cells, during gestation may predispose boys to autism. The unpublished results were presented yesterday at the 2017 International Meeting for Autism Research in San Francisco, California. Roughly four times as many boys as girls are diagnosed with autism. This may be because girls are somehow protected...
Why paternal age matters to children’s health
Sir Mick Jagger embodies what one writer has called paleo-fatherhood, or the trend of becoming a dad in later life. He was 73 when Deveraux, his eighth child, was born to his 29-year-old partner, ballerina Melanie Hamrick. The Rolling Stone is an extreme example but there has been a shift to older parenthood in recent decades. Discussion has...
Autistic people are sharper at processing information
A group of friends are sitting in the garden chatting - but only one of them hears the ice-cream van in the distance. That person is autistic. He is also able to hear the buzzing of electricity in the walls and, sometimes, finds it overwhelming to be in a very noisy environment. Our most recent work, published...