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Precocious baby teeth signal rare form of autism

by  /  20 April 2017

Most children with a rare autism-linked mutation develop baby teeth one to two years earlier than usual.

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Risk assessment: The risk of autism associated with antidepressants, if it exists, is small.Pressmaster / Shutterstock

Trio of studies cast doubt on link between autism, antidepressants

by  /  18 April 2017
Increased autism risk among children exposed to antidepressants in utero may be related less to the medications than to the mothers’ depression.
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DNA decor: Cells dot DNA with molecules to dial down gene expression at those spots. shunyufan / iStock

Enigmatic chemical tag is altered in autism brains

by  /  17 April 2017
An understudied chemical modification that influences gene expression is abundant in the brains of people with autism.
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Culture clash: Parents of children with autism in Japan are more likely than those in four other countries to say their children have intellectual difficulties.Masaru123 / iStock

Parent reports of autism features vary by country

by  /  13 April 2017
Parents in the United States tend to rate their children’s autism features as more severe than do parents in four other countries.

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Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania holds a bible during his inauguration as 45th president of the United States on 20 January 2017.  Newscom / Lucy Nicholson
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Health companies gave generously to President Trump’s inauguration

by , , ,  /  21 April 2017

Facing acute risks to their businesses from Washington policymakers, health companies spent more than $2 million to buy access to the incoming Trump administration via candlelight dinners, black-tie balls and other inauguration events.

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Nonprofit with ties to pharma launches campaign against drug imports

by , ,  /  20 April 2017

Both the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the nonprofit group have gone to great lengths to show that drugmakers are not driving what they describe as a “grass-roots” effort to fight imports.

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Michigan’s vaccination rates rise with ‘stealth’ change to waiver rules

by ,  /  12 April 2017

Michigan’s experience demonstrates a way for governments to increase immunization rates without having to address religious or philosophical opposition to vaccines.

Shira Strongin, left, and Emily Muller, right, pose at the Rare Disease Legislative Advocates conference in Washington, D.C., on 28 February 2017. H. Darr Beiser / Kaiser Health News
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Pharma teams up with rare-disease advocacy groups on Capitol Hill

by ,  /  12 April 2017

Critics say vulnerable patients are being manipulated and the goals promoted are skewed by the pharma benefactors who want faster government approval for new products.

Social subtleties: Some doctors say that girls with autism are socially savvier than boys, but the science is inconsistent. Hero Images / Getty Images
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Sex differences among people with autism may be minimal

by  /  12 April 2017

Autism looks similar in girls and boys, suggest results from a large study.

Pill plot: Medications can ease irritability, aggression and other challenging behaviors in children with autism, but they have side effects.TongRo Images     
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Children with autism may forego behavioral therapy for meds

by  /  10 April 2017

Many children with autism who take antipsychotic medications do not receive behavioral therapy.

Lonely labs: Drastic cuts to the U.S. government’s research budget could shrink the numbers of researchers. skynesher  / iStock
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Autism researchers blast budget cuts for U.S. funding agency

by  /  7 April 2017

President Donald Trump’s proposed cut for the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s 2018 budget could stall advances in science for generations.

Refining risk: Rare mutations that turn up in the general population are unlikely to contribute to autism.shironosov  / iStock
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Analysis winnows list of mutations tied to autism

by  /  6 April 2017

As many as one in three rare mutations seen in people with autism may have nothing to do with the condition.

Evacuation order: The Tinbergen Building was home to numerous experimental psychology labs at the University of Oxford.Courtesy of Oxford77
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Asbestos discovery ousts U.K. researchers from their labs

by  /  5 April 2017

More than 1,500 people were forced to abandon labs and offices at the University of Oxford after a routine renovation revealed asbestos in a building.

Digital difference: Adapting screening measures for tablets may boost efforts to flag autism in the doctor’s office.Hero Images / Getty Images
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Screening status quo misses most children with autism

by  /  3 April 2017

Most children with autism go undiagnosed until after age 3, and many of these children remain undiagnosed until after they reach school age.

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