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Rat study ties Rett syndrome gene to pain processing

by  /  21 September 2017

Mutations in MECP2, the gene mutated in Rett syndrome, may alter the proportions and activity of sensory neurons in rats.

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Fever eases behavioral problems in some children with autism

by  /  18 September 2017
About 17 percent of children with autism are calmer and more communicative than usual when they have a fever.
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Sizeable fraction of autism risk traced to ‘mosaic’ mutations

by  /  14 September 2017
Mutations that appear in only some of the body’s cells contribute to autism in about 4 percent of people with the condition.
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Screening tool misidentifies autism in many toddlers

by  /  13 September 2017
Three studies suggest that clinicians need a more finely tuned screen for children younger than 20 months.

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Parental age ups rate of new mutations passed to children

by  /  20 September 2017

Men and women both transmit an increasing number of new mutations to their children as they age.

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US drug agency moves to guard against abuse of ‘orphan drug’ program

by ,  /  19 September 2017

The Food and Drug Administration is changing the way it approves medicines known as ‘orphan drugs’ after revelations that drugmakers may be abusing a law intended to help patients with rare diseases.

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Australia’s new autism diagnosis guidelines may miss the mark

by , ,  /  12 September 2017

The presumption of the new report is that standardizing the method of diagnosis will address the problem of diagnostic uncertainty, but is it asking the right question?

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Healthcare program for U.S. children could be in jeopardy

by ,  /  11 September 2017

A U.S. federal-state program that provides healthcare children in lower- and middle-class families is up for renewal later this month, but many fear it could get lost in the shuffle or that conservative lawmakers will seek to limit its reach.

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Monkey model reveals new role for top autism gene

by  /  11 September 2017

Monkeys missing the gene SHANK3 have too few neurons in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region involved in planning and social behavior.

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Studies highlight need to adapt autism tests for African cultures

by  /  11 September 2017

Some of the items on a common diagnostic test for autism do not translate well to African cultures.

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After long wait, ‘ACE’ announcement delivers mixed news

by  /  8 September 2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the winners of the Autism Centers of Excellence grants. Grantees split a pot of nearly $100 million.

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South African children with autism may lack access to schools

by  /  8 September 2017

Only about 0.1 percent of children in the Western Cape province of South Africa have autism, according to a review of school records.

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Epilepsy drugs pose risks to developing brains, study suggests

by  /  7 September 2017

Some drugs used to treat epilepsy may harm children who are exposed to them in the womb or through breast milk.

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Anxiety may alter processing of emotions in people with autism

by  /  6 September 2017

A brain region that processes emotions tends to be smaller in children who have both autism and anxiety than in those who have autism alone.

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