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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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Fast forward:  Gene expression patterns in the monkey visual cortex (red box) are similar to those in people during infancy (top brains), childhood (bottom left) and adulthood (bottom right).

Maps reveal genetic landscape of developing monkey brain

by  /  12 August 2016
Researchers have charted gene expression in the brains of rhesus macaques from before birth into adulthood.
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by  /  12 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. This finding is based on a large study that relied on health records in California1. The study also confirms that younger brothers of children with autism are more […]
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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

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.

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Sibling similarity: Younger brothers and sisters of children with autism are at increased risk of having autism too.
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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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Memory and sense of self may play more of a role in autism than we thought

by  /  3 August 2016

When it comes to recalling personal memories, girls with autism may be more like typical developing girls than like boys with autism.

Tracking trios: Three protein players in autism (left to right, ANK2, SCN2A and GRIN2B) are less abundant in the brains of mice lacking TBR1 (bottom) than in controls (top).
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New study bolsters theory that autism genes work in networks

by  /  3 August 2016

A gene that has strong ties to autism controls the expression of many other autism candidates.

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