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Girls on the spectrum may have problems with planning

by  /  27 July 2017

Girls with autism may have more difficulty making and executing plans, and taking care of themselves, than do boys with the condition.

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Cannabis compound quells seizures in severe epilepsy syndrome

by  /  26 July 2017
A component of marijuana called cannabidiol eases seizures in children with Dravet syndrome.
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Adults with autism face gaps in jobs, services

by  /  24 July 2017
More than half of adults with autism in the United States lack paying jobs, and many go without critical services such as healthcare.
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Drug that shifts brain’s signaling balance could treat autism

by  /  20 July 2017
A drug that alters the balance of two key chemical messengers in the brain may help treat autism, suggests a proof-of-principle study.

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Large study shines spotlight on ‘mosaic’ mutations in autism

by  /  19 July 2017

About 8 percent of non-inherited mutations in people with autism occur in only some of the body’s cells, according to a study of 20,000 people.

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Massive collaboration unearths inherited risk factor for autism

by  /  17 July 2017

Autism runs in families, but the search for inherited risk factors has come up short — until now.

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Most disabled children would not be shielded from U.S. Medicaid cuts

by ,  /  13 July 2017

Only a fraction of disabled children would meet the definition of ‘blind and disabled’ that would allow them to keep their Medicaid coverage under the proposed health bill Republicans are pushing.

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School survey in India reveals low autism prevalence

by  /  12 July 2017

Roughly 23 of every 10,000 children in India have autism, according to the country’s first rigorous estimate of autism prevalence.

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Genetics guides gaze during social interactions, study finds

by  /  12 July 2017

The tendency of people with autism to not make eye contact is rooted in genetics, suggests a study of identical and fraternal twins.

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Oxytocin spray boosts social skills in children with autism

by  /  10 July 2017

A small clinical trial shows that treatment with the hormone oxytocin improves social skills in some children with autism.

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Regional autism rates point to impact of awareness, training

by  /  10 July 2017

The odds of getting an autism diagnosis depend on where in the United States a person lives.

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Twin tots reveal autism traits arise mostly from genes

by  /  6 July 2017

Genes are bigger contributors to autism features than are environmental factors, according to a study of nearly 39,000 twins.

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CRISPR goes wild, and scientists debate its fidelity

by  /  5 July 2017

The gene-editing tool CRISPR may cause thousands of off-target mutations, but critics say it’s way too soon to accuse it of infidelity.

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Diabetes drug eases fragile X features in mice

by  /  3 July 2017

A drug used to treat type 2 diabetes reverses behavioral and brain abnormalities in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome.

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