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Vaccinations have saved countless lives and untold suffering, even though many adults still believe vaccines are bad for their children. Africa Studios/Shutterstock.com

Why vaccine opponents think they know more than medical experts

Vaccines have long been considered safe, but many people still believe they are not. A new study shows that people who think they know more than medical experts are more likely to believe that vaccine are not safe.
Marius Wernig, Thomas C. Südhof and their colleagues created these “Induced neuronal (iN) cells” from adult human blood cells. Marius Wernig

Neurons made from blood cells – a new tool for understanding brain diseases

Figuring out what causes diseases like autism, schizophrenia and depression is tricky. Now Stanford University researchers are turning blood into brain cells to study these diseases in a dish.
Alek Minassian (second from left in this courtroom sketch) is accused of driving a van into pedestrians along a stretch of a busy Toronto street on Monday April 23, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould)

Toronto attack: Autism does not increase risk of violence

The evidence indicates that having autism spectrum disorder actually reduces the risk of violence.
In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association stopped using the clinical term Asperger’s syndrome, grouping the condition with other forms of autism under the term ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder.’ (Shutterstock)

What happened to Asperger’s syndrome?

As awareness of Asperger's syndrome has risen within popular consciousness and culture, it has faded from clinical use.
New research reveals that the highest rates of depression are seen in individuals with autism who have above average intelligence. This is different to the general population, where lower intelligence is linked to higher rates of depression. (Unsplash/Ben White)

Almost half of adults with autism struggle with depression

New research reveals the burden of depression on individuals with autism, and that depression rates are higher among those with above average IQ.
An exaggerated immune response during pregnancy, known as ‘maternal immune activation’, could be detrimental to the fetus. from shutterstock.com

Bugs and allergies in pregnancy linked to child developmental disorders, like autism and ADHD

Certain mechanisms that occur as a result of an immune response during an illness in pregnancy could impact a child's brain development. And more studies are showing a relationship between the two.

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