Autism genes abound in DNA regions involved in learning

by  /  22 February 2018

The same processes that enable the brain to store new memories may also control many autism genes.

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Twist on gene-editing tool may speed studies of gene function

by  /  21 February 2018
Researchers have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to dial down a gene’s activity in select subtypes of neurons in mice.

Movement perception, autism traits may share genetic roots

by  /  19 February 2018
The ability to identify human-like movements is rooted in genetics — and may share those origins with autism traits.
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Jobs, relationships elude adults with autism

by  /  15 February 2018
Nearly half of adults with autism live with a family member and about one in five is unemployed.

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Rats with autism mutation turn deaf ear to playful entreaties

by  /  20 February 2018

Male rats missing an autism candidate gene called SHANK3 spend less time sniffing, nuzzling and chasing their peers than controls do.


‘What the Health?’ podcast: Health policy changes in U.S. budget deal

by  /  15 February 2018

Panelists on Kaiser Health News‘ weekly podcast discuss the budget deal that passed the U.S. Congress this week.


Study linking acetaminophen use to language delay is preliminary, experts say

by  /  14 February 2018

Women who take acetaminophen — commonly marketed as Tylenol in the United States — early in pregnancy may increase their daughters’ risk of language delay.


Optimism, confusion greet federal fast track for autism drug

by  /  12 February 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted a rare ‘breakthrough therapy’ designation for a drug that may ease some features of autism.


U.S. Senate budget deal boosts spending for health programs

by , ,  /  8 February 2018

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Republican and Democratic Senate leaders announced a two-year budget deal that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many health programs.


Autism shares brain signature with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

by  /  8 February 2018

Gene expression patterns in the brains of people with autism are similar to those of people who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.


Games plus group therapy may help adults with autism find jobs

by  /  7 February 2018

Adults with autism who undergo a therapy designed to bolster social learning show cognitive benefits that may increase their chances of employment.


Hospitalization during pregnancy boosts risk of difficulties in child

by  /  5 February 2018

Children of women who are hospitalized during pregnancy may develop poor physical, social, cognitive or emotional skills.


Duplication of DNA on chromosome 7 increases risk of autism

by  /  1 February 2018

Roughly one in five children who has an extra piece of chromosome 7 also meets the criteria for an autism diagnosis.


Chemical tags on genomes in neurons altered in autism brains

by  /  31 January 2018

Neurons from people with autism may have an unusual pattern of chemical tags that turn genes on and off.

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