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International Meeting for Autism Research 2017

May 2017
IMFAR 2017

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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IMFAR 2017

Top autism gene may alter sensory perception

by  /  13 May 2017

An unusual brain response to sound may distinguish children with mutations in SCN2A, a leading candidate gene for autism.

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IMFAR 2017

Alterations to cerebellum are unifying feature in autism mice

by  /  12 May 2017

Mouse models of autism share a key structural anomaly: an unusually small cerebellum, a region that coordinates movement.

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IMFAR 2017

Alternative screen finds high autism prevalence in U.S. state

by  /  12 May 2017

A new study in South Carolina has found a prevalence of 3.62 percent for autism, or roughly 1 in 28 children.

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IMFAR 2017

Brain-wave patterns may flag babies with autism

by  /  12 May 2017

Infants who are later diagnosed with autism show inconsistent patterns of brain waves in response to the same sound.

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IMFAR 2017

Doctors twice as likely to miss girls as boys on autism screen

by  /  12 May 2017

Pediatricians are failing to identify 80 percent of toddlers who need an evaluation for autism, and are missing nearly twice as many girls as boys.

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IMFAR 2017

Inclusive classes are best option for some children with autism

by  /  12 May 2017

Children with autism and low cognitive ability show the most improvement when placed in classrooms with typical children rather than in special-education groups.

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IMFAR 2017

Movie-based test helps parents recognize autism in infants

by  /  12 May 2017

A video-based screening tool can flag infants who are later diagnosed with autism as early as 6 months.

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IMFAR 2017

Review of medical records reveals pitfalls of autism screen

by  /  12 May 2017

The vast majority of children flagged for autism on a widely used screening test are never diagnosed with the condition, and some children who are not picked up are diagnosed years later.

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IMFAR 2017

Autism experts hedge bets on hormone as treatment target

by  /  11 May 2017

Drugs that alter the activity of vasopressin, a hormone involved in social behavior, may improve social abilities in people with autism.

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