Scientists detect signs associated with the risk of autism, affects brain development

Scientists detect signs associated with the risk of autism, affects brain development

 A comprehensive study by researchers from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Norwegian National Institute of Public Health identified molecular markers of gestational inflammation associated with an increased risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism is a condition affecting brain development.

This study provides important understanding about brain development

The study provides important understanding of abnormal brain development and paves the way for testing for autism at birth. It has been published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Evidence obtained during new research revealed that if the fetus is exposed to inflammation, then the risk of autism increases.

In previous studies, researchers have linked the risk of autism to a mother's fever, influenza infection, or herpesvirus type-2 infection during pregnancy.

Researchers analyze 60 molecular signals associated with immune response

In the new study, researchers analyzed 60 molecular signals associated with the immune response. Blood samples were taken from mothers during pregnancy and of 957 infants after delivery. Later, half of these children were diagnosed with autism.

"We found immunological signals in the blood samples of mothers in mid-pregnancy and in the cord blood of babies who later developed autism," said study co-author and associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School.

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Do you know these things about Anthony Albanese who defeated Scott Morrison? Many challenges will be faced as Prime Minister

Do you know these things about Anthony Albanese who defeated Scott Morrison? Many challenges will be faced as Prime Minister

Australian voters have pushed for an end to nine years of Liberal rule in favor of a centre-left opposition that has promised strong action on climate change. To form a majority government, parties need a majority of 76 seats. The Labor Party's Anthony Albanese, who won the election, will now be the new Prime Minister of Australia. After the election results were out, Morrison said he would resign as leader of the Liberal Party. He said that he takes responsibility for his party's defeat. The Labor Party currently holds 73 seats, according to the Australian Electoral Commission. Early vote counts showed a strong bias toward Greens candidates and independents, who sought emissions cuts far beyond commitments made by Morrison's coalition.

Who is  Anthony  Albanese 

Albanese is one of Australia's longest-serving politicians and was briefly deputy prime minister under Kevin Rudd in 2013. He has earned a reputation as a defender of free healthcare, an advocate of LGBT rights, a Republican and a diehard rugby league fan. Albanese, 59, had a childhood spent by a single mother with the help of a disability pension. At the age of just 33, he reached Parliament in 1996 by winning the Sydney seat on a Labor Party ticket. In 2007, when Kevin Rudd's Labor Party came to power, Albanese was made Minister of Infrastructure and Transport. Due to internal strife in the party, the Prime Minister was changed and Anthony Albanese became Deputy Prime Minister. But his tenure as Deputy PM lasted only 10 weeks. His party lost in the next election.

 Challenges ahead for Albanese as Prime Minister?

One of Albanese's first priorities as prime minister will be to rebuild relations with foreign leaders, who Morrison says has neglected foreign policy in recent years. China recently signed a military agreement with the Solomon Islands near Australia, China is planning to build its first military base in the Pacific. On Tuesday, Albanians are expected to be in Tokyo for talks with quad members from the United States, India and Japan, where they will discuss priorities for safeguarding free passage in the Indo-Pacific. Voters have turned to the Labor Party over the Liberal Party's inaction on climate change. Marija Taflaga, director of the Australian Politics Study Center at the Australian National University, noted the vote's shift to the Greens. 

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