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Probes light up curves of individual chromosomes

by  /  26 August 2016

A new method reveals how chromosomes curl within the confines of a cell's nucleus.

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Type, timing of maternal infection influence autism link

by  /  25 August 2016
Only a small fraction of women who battle infections during pregnancy have children with autism, suggesting that some infections are riskier than others.
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Audio only. The hippocampus is a brain region that looks like a seahorse. It helps form memories —  whether that’s the name of the fourth president of the United States or about yesterday’s trip to the mall. People with autism have little trouble holding onto facts, but they often have problems recalling visits to the mall and other life events. This gap may contribute to some of their social quirks.

Memory hub could underlie social, cognitive quirks of autism

by  /  24 August 2016
The brain's memory center, the hippocampus, may provide clues to features of autism as disparate as personal relationships and decision-making.
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Sibling similarity: Younger brothers and sisters of children with autism are at increased risk of having autism too.

Large study confirms high autism risk in ‘baby sibs’

by  /  22 August 2016
Children who have an older sibling with autism are 14 times more likely to have the condition than are those without a family history of the condition.

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Mosaic mind: A new map of the brain’s outer surface parcels each hemisphere into 180 areas, some of which govern hearing (red), sensation and movement (green) or seeing (blue).Matthew F. Glasser and David C. Van Essen / WUSTL
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New map of brain’s surface unites structure, function

by  /  29 August 2016

Researchers have charted the human cerebral cortex in unprecedented detail, adding to what is known about the brain’s bumpy outer layer.

Nubia Flores Miranda, 18, who has experienced her own mental health issues, is a part-time employee at a counseling and mental health organization called Family Paths.

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Race, ethnicity affect kids’ access to mental health care, study finds

by  /  18 August 2016

Getting treatment for mental health conditions remains difficult — and it’s especially hard for children who identify as black or Hispanic.

Social scans: The ability to identify facial emotion tracks with activity in a brain network associated with daydreaming and self-reflection.
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Girls with autism show anomalies in ‘daydreaming network’

by  /  18 August 2016

Brain areas that spring to life when a person is at rest are less synchronized in girls with autism than in typical girls.

Trying times: Regression can occur much later in childhood than previously thought. RBFried / Getty Images
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Regression marks one in five autism cases, large study finds

by  /  17 August 2016

The first large population-based analysis of the prevalence of regression in autism reveals that it occurs in 20 percent of children with autism.

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High-profile exits take Yale’s autism center in new direction

by  /  15 August 2016

Following the departure of several of its stars, the Yale Child Study Center is shifting focus to nurture young researchers.

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Autism risk region arose during human evolution

by  /  11 August 2016

Humans may be uniquely prone to rearrangements of chromosome 16 that lead to autism, according to preliminary results presented Saturday at the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Clocking out:  Children with autism have trouble gauging how long things take. BeholdingEye / Getty Images
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Tracking time can be tricky for children with autism

by  /  11 August 2016

Children with autism have trouble relying on past experiences to gauge how long things typically take.

Parallel profile: Children with tuberous sclerosis and autism look similar to children with autism alone across a range of skills, such as pointing. Allen Donikowski / Getty Images
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Rare genetic condition may offer early glimpse of autism

by  /  10 August 2016

Children who have both tuberous sclerosis and autism have features nearly identical to those of children with autism alone.

Off track: 
The more trouble a child has performing everyday tasks, the more atypical the structure of his nerve fibers in certain areas of the brain (red, yellow).
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Common brain signature marks autism, attention deficit

by  /  8 August 2016

Children with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder all show similar disruptions in brain structure.

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Never mind statistics: Adults with autism may be happy

by  /  4 August 2016

Men with autism who have above-average intelligence may not achieve typical financial and personal milestones — but many are content.

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