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Previous Articles

The enemy within

by  /  9 March 2016

The possibility that autism is caused by a maternal immune system gone awry is no longer a fringe idea — but proposals to identify or fix these glitches are still controversial.

The invisible link between autism and anorexia

by  /  17 February 2016

Autism and anorexia may seem to have nothing in common, but below the surface, the two conditions are startlingly similar—and sometimes affect the same person.

The brain’s secret gardeners

by  /  3 February 2016

Once thought merely to be specialized immune system cells, microglia now appear to be master landscapers of the developing brain.

Extraordinary minds:
The link between savantism and autism

by  /  13 January 2016

Some people with autism have an exceptional talent for music, math, art or language. What accounts for their extraordinary brains?

The missing generation

by  /  9 December 2015

Left to languish in psychiatric institutions or drugged for disorders they never had, many older adults with autism were neglected or forgotten for decades. Efforts to help them are finally underway.

Gut feeling: How microbes shape autism

by  /  18 November 2015

An unusual mix of bacteria may be to blame for the frequent gut problems in people with autism. New findings suggest they may also alter the mind.

Why don’t we know what environmental factors cause autism?

by  /  4 November 2015

Scientists can rattle off lists of dozens of genes linked to autism, but there’s much less agreement about which elements of the environment contribute to the condition — and by how much.

Of mice and women

by  /  19 October 2015

A new government mandate requires researchers to include females in their animal studies — or explain why they don’t. What will this mean for autism research?

The lost girls

by  /  19 October 2015

Misdiagnosed, misunderstood or missed altogether, many women with autism struggle to get the help they need.

Wide awake: Why children with autism struggle with sleep

by  /  7 October 2015

Half of children who have autism have trouble falling or staying asleep, which may make their symptoms worse. Scientists are just beginning to explore what goes wrong in the midnight hour.

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