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International Meeting for Autism Research 2016

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Pupil progress: Pupil responses to light may change with age in typically developing children but not in children with autism.

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Delayed pupil response to light may be early sign of autism

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The pupils of preschoolers with autism are slow to constrict in response to light, a phenomenon that may serve as an early marker of autism risk.
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Takeaways from IMFAR 2016

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Researchers, advocates and others from the autism community came together for the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research in Baltimore.
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Study skills: Studying for a test requires good executive function, a set of abilities that includes short-term memory and self-control.©iStock.com / velvelvel

New tool lets cognitive skills guide autism treatment

by  /  14 May 2016
A new algorithm relies on abilities rather than diagnoses to steer clinicians toward personalized treatments for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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Soothing sights: Children with unusual sensory interests show an obsession with certain objects, such as bright lights or ceiling fans.


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Diagnostic manual may need to separate repetitive behaviors

by  /  14 May 2016

A detailed analysis of the behavior of 6,500 children suggests that five types of behaviors lumped together in current diagnostic guidelines should each be considered separately.

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Color conundrum: Black and Hispanic children are less likely to get an autism diagnosis than are white children. ©iSTock.com / Christopher Futcher
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Disparities in autism diagnosis may harm minority groups

by  /  14 May 2016

Clinicians are underdiagnosing autism in children from low-income families and minority groups — setting back their potential to benefit from therapy.

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Neural wrinkles: The characteristic pattern of folds in the brain’s outer shell, or cerebral cortex, is established before birth.
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Distinct folding in autism brain hints at condition’s origins

by  /  14 May 2016

A brain region involved in reading faces has fewer folds in toddler boys with autism than it does in controls, a structural difference that could be related to social difficulties.

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Limited resources: Just a handful of centers in the Gaza Strip provide autism services, and more than half of all children with a diagnosis go without.


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In Gaza Strip, autism researchers battle dearth of resources

by  /  14 May 2016

Researchers are trying to study autism in one of the most politically and economically unstable regions in the world.

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Social equals: Mice that carry a mutation in the autism gene CHD8 appear to be just as social as controls. 


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Mouse with key autism mutation defies expectations

by  /  14 May 2016

Mice with a mutation in CHD8, the top autism gene, show no signs of any of the condition’s core features.

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Multiple hits: Mutations in TSC2 may combine with other genetic variants to increase autism risk.  ©iStock.com / JackyLeung
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Mutations in tuberous sclerosis gene may be rife in autism

by  /  14 May 2016

Mutations in TSC2, a gene typically associated with a syndrome called tuberous sclerosis, are found in many children with autism.

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Reference point: New narrated videos coach parents about autism-like behaviors.     © iStockphoto.com / SebastianGauert
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New video tool talks parents through autism screening

by  /  14 May 2016

A video-guided screening tool may boost the reliability of parent reports about autism-like behaviors.

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Reactions from IMFAR 2016

by  /  14 May 2016

Scientists give their perspectives on work presented at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research.

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Social progress: A simple tool may measure subtle changes in social communication skills as children receive behavioral therapy. ©iStock.com / Kirill Linnik
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Sensitive new test may help researchers evaluate treatments

by  /  14 May 2016

A new tool may be more useful than the current gold standard for assessing whether an autism treatment improves social communication.

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Double takes: Identical twins tend to look at the same facial features in a video.
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Social gaze patterns strikingly consistent between identical twins

by  /  14 May 2016

Identical twins, who have virtually the same genetic material, show highly similar patterns of eye movements when looking at faces, suggesting that social gaze is hardwired.

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