Research shows that autism rates have tripled among young children: what you need to know

Researchers at Rutgers University looked at more than 4,000 8-year-olds in the New York and New Jersey areas. They said the surge in autism rates is largely due to greater awareness, better diagnostic tools and a broader definition of autism. Researchers also noted that the greatest increase in diagnoses occurred in affluent children, concluding that … Read more

Research shows that autism rates have tripled among young children: what you need to know

Autism is on the rise among young children, according to a new study. The study, published Thursday in the journal Pediatrics, found that the number of people with autism has tripled over the past 16 years. Researchers at Rutgers University looked at more than 4,000 8-year-olds in the New York and New Jersey areas. They … Read more

Large study finds link between viral infections and future brain disease

An illustration of the varicella zoster virus, the cause of chickenpox and shingles.Illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Common viral infections can have far-reaching consequences for our brain health, new research suggests. The study found a link between dozens of different viral exposures and a later increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. However, more research … Read more

Newly discovered VEXAS syndrome may affect thousands more Americans than previously thought

The patient, Hector Campos, presented to the emergency department with shortness of breath, erratic fever, and swollen, itchy ears. His wife explained that Campos had tested negative for COVID-19. “What do you think this could be?” Campos asked emergency room chief Ethan Choi, who was also confused by the man’s symptoms. Scary, right? But it’s … Read more