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Chromosome 16 mutations augur distinct developmental paths

by  /  25 May 2017

Children missing a stretch of DNA on chromosome 16 show worsening motor and social skills in the first eight years of life; those with an extra copy of the region do not show this decline.

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Rare form of autism shows unique pattern of regression

by  /  24 May 2017
More than 40 percent of children with Phelan-McDermid syndrome lose skills they once had, beginning, on average, at age 6.
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Infection during pregnancy may alter expression of autism genes

by  /  22 May 2017
A mother’s immune response to a severe infection during pregnancy disrupts the expression of autism genes in her child, a rat study suggests.
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Shared genetic pathways underlie autism, attention deficit

by  /  18 May 2017
A trio of studies make the strongest case to date for shared genetic roots between autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Deportation a constant fear for immigrants with disabled children

by ,  /  24 May 2017

As the Trump administration promises to deport a broader range of people, parents of chronically ill children are seeking help to stay in the country.

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Hallucinations unusually common in adults with autism

by ,  /  24 May 2017

Negative experiences, such as being bullied or socially isolated, may lead to hallucinations.

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General practitioners urgently need autism training

by , ,  /  17 May 2017

Many general practitioners in the United Kingdom do not receive autism training, and report having little confidence in caring for patients on the spectrum.

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Brain’s reward region may drive social problems in autism

by  /  17 May 2017

Having too many copies of an autism gene called UBE3A mutes a brain region that may mediate the satisfaction a person derives from social interactions.

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Higher perceptual capacity in autism can be both strength and challenge

by ,  /  16 May 2017

People with autism may have a higher perceptual capacity, which means that they are able to process more information at once than their typical peers.

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Specialty clinics offer complete care for adults with autism

by  /  16 May 2017

Many adults with autism receive fragmented healthcare. Specialized clinics and personalized ‘tool kits’ are filling in the gaps.

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Artist with autism captures personalities on paper

by  /  16 May 2017

Nicole Appel, a young woman with autism, draws — from memory — detailed portraits of people she knows.

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Common variants, rare mutations combine to shape autism risk

by  /  15 May 2017

Children with autism inherit a greater burden of common genetic variants associated with autism than would be expected by chance. These variants combine with rare, spontaneous mutations to boost autism risk.

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Small head, speech delay characterize mutations in autism gene

by  /  14 May 2017

Children with mutations in a gene called DYRK1A, a leading autism candidate, have a distinct set of features, including intellectual disability, speech delay, motor problems and a small head.

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Long-term study shows language’s role in easing autism features

by  /  14 May 2017

Difficulties with social communication appear to wane as toddlers with autism mature into young adults, perhaps due in large part to improvements in language ability.

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