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Yeast assay illuminates effects of mutations in top autism gene

by  /  19 October 2017

Mutations in the gene PTEN that are tied to autism may be less harmful than those linked to a syndrome characterized by benign tumors.

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Data do-over backs dominance of genetics in autism risk

by  /  19 October 2017
A reanalysis of data from more than 2 million children in Sweden suggests inherited genetic factors account for 83 percent of autism risk.
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Second ‘hits’ may explain autism mutations’ varied effects

by  /  19 October 2017
People who have a mutation linked to autism plus a second genetic glitch tend to have more severe symptoms than those with the mutation alone.
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Late birth linked to risk of autism with intellectual disability

by  /  18 October 2017
Children with autism who were born late tend to also have intellectual disability.

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U.S. Congress fails to extend funding for children’s coverage

by ,  /  20 October 2017

Until Congress renews CHIP, states are cut off from additional federal funding that helps lower- and middle-income families.

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Rare autism mutations linked to low intelligence

by  /  20 October 2017

People with autism who have rare, damaging mutations tend to have low scores on intelligence tests.

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Risk genes for autism overlap with those for attention deficit

by  /  20 October 2017

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may carry certain rare, harmful mutations in many of the same genes as people with autism.

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Studies send mixed messages on antidepressants’ link to autism

by  /  16 October 2017

Four large studies published since May arrive at various conclusions about whether exposure to antidepressants in the womb ups autism risk.

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Small head, speech delay characterize mutations in autism gene

by  /  16 October 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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‘Mini-gene’ therapy relieves features of Rett syndrome in mice

by  /  11 October 2017

Delivering a fragment of the Rett syndrome gene MECP2 into neurons eases features of the syndrome in a mouse model.

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Two drugs ease features of autism syndromes in mice

by  /  11 October 2017

Drugs that block certain brain enzymes could help treat two conditions associated with autism.

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Despite dearth of data, firms sell brain training as autism antidote

by  /  9 October 2017

Many clinics offer neurofeedback as a therapy for autism, despite little scientific support for the technique.

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Researchers rally to save monkeys on hurricane-ravaged island

by  /  5 October 2017

Hurricane Maria pummeled Cayo Santiago, home to more than 1,500 rhesus macaques, including some used for autism research.

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Scan of whole genomes ties regulatory regions to autism risk

by  /  4 October 2017

Children with autism may have an excess of spontaneous mutations in DNA that controls the expression of autism genes.

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