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International Meeting for Autism Research 2017

IMFAR 2017

Common variants, rare mutations combine to shape autism risk

by  /  15 May 2017
Children with autism inherit a greater burden of common genetic variants associated with autism than would be expected by chance. These variants combine with rare, spontaneous mutations to boost autism risk.
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Small head, speech delay characterize mutations in autism gene

by  /  14 May 2017
Children with mutations in a gene called DYRK1A, a leading autism candidate, have a distinct set of features, including intellectual disability, speech delay, motor problems and a small head.
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Long-term study shows language’s role in easing autism features

by  /  14 May 2017
Difficulties with social communication appear to wane as toddlers with autism mature into young adults, perhaps due in large part to improvements in language ability.
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Adolescence unmasks autism traits in girls

by  /  13 May 2017

Autism traits may become more apparent as girls reach adolescence but stay stable in boys.

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Altered circuit may underlie repetitive behaviors in autism

by  /  13 May 2017

A brain circuit that controls movement is altered in people with autism, a postmortem brain study suggests.

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Anxious children’s head movement may mar brain-imaging results

by  /  13 May 2017

Children with autism who are highly anxious tend to move their heads during brain scans and so may be excluded from important studies.

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Autism signature found in trio of blood-borne proteins

by  /  13 May 2017

The activity of a set of proteins in the blood may distinguish people with autism from those without the condition.

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Brain scans of babies reveal how nerve tracts mature

by  /  13 May 2017

Bundles of nerve fibers that bridge brain areas develop rapidly during the first six months of life. Fibers that connect language regions mature more slowly than those linking motor regions.

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Diagnostic tests miss autism features in girls

by  /  13 May 2017

Girls with autism may not get a diagnosis because certain features of the condition look different in them than they do in boys.

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Many children with autism get significantly smarter over time

by  /  13 May 2017

Between the ages of 2 and 8, intelligence increases in half of children with autism. In some of these children, intellectual disability gives way to average intelligence.

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Oral test successfully screens Latino toddlers for autism

by  /  13 May 2017

Asking parents autism screening questions orally instead of in writing may capture more young Latino children who have the condition.

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Patterns of DNA tags mark candidate genes for autism

by  /  13 May 2017

Children with autism who carry mutations in the chromosomal region 16p11.2 or the gene CHD8 — two of the leading risk factors for autism — show distinct patterns of chemical tags on their DNA.

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Self-harm, suicidal thoughts common in people with autism

by  /  13 May 2017

People with autism are more than four times as likely as their typical peers to be admitted to the hospital after harming themselves. And many people with autism frequently entertain thoughts about suicide.

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