Chromosome 16 mutations augur distinct developmental paths

by  /  25 May 2017

Children missing a stretch of DNA on chromosome 16 show worsening motor and social skills in the first eight years of life; those with an extra copy of the region do not show this decline.

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Rare form of autism shows unique pattern of regression

by  /  24 May 2017
More than 40 percent of children with Phelan-McDermid syndrome lose skills they once had, beginning, on average, at age 6.

Infection during pregnancy may alter expression of autism genes

by  /  22 May 2017
A mother’s immune response to a severe infection during pregnancy disrupts the expression of autism genes in her child, a rat study suggests.

Shared genetic pathways underlie autism, attention deficit

by  /  18 May 2017
A trio of studies make the strongest case to date for shared genetic roots between autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Deportation a constant fear for immigrants with disabled children

by ,  /  24 May 2017

As the Trump administration promises to deport a broader range of people, parents of chronically ill children are seeking help to stay in the country.


Hallucinations unusually common in adults with autism

by ,  /  24 May 2017

Negative experiences, such as being bullied or socially isolated, may lead to hallucinations.


General practitioners urgently need autism training

by , ,  /  17 May 2017

Many general practitioners in the United Kingdom do not receive autism training, and report having little confidence in caring for patients on the spectrum.


Brain’s reward region may drive social problems in autism

by  /  17 May 2017

Having too many copies of an autism gene called UBE3A mutes a brain region that may mediate the satisfaction a person derives from social interactions.


Higher perceptual capacity in autism can be both strength and challenge

by ,  /  16 May 2017

People with autism may have a higher perceptual capacity, which means that they are able to process more information at once than their typical peers.


Specialty clinics offer complete care for adults with autism

by  /  16 May 2017

Many adults with autism receive fragmented healthcare. Specialized clinics and personalized ‘tool kits’ are filling in the gaps.


Artist with autism captures personalities on paper

by  /  16 May 2017

Nicole Appel, a young woman with autism, draws — from memory — detailed portraits of people she knows.


Common variants, rare mutations combine to shape autism risk

by  /  15 May 2017

Children with autism inherit a greater burden of common genetic variants associated with autism than would be expected by chance. These variants combine with rare, spontaneous mutations to boost autism risk.


Small head, speech delay characterize mutations in autism gene

by  /  14 May 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.


Long-term study shows language’s role in easing autism features

by  /  14 May 2017

Difficulties with social communication appear to wane as toddlers with autism mature into young adults, perhaps due in large part to improvements in language ability.

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