Girls on the spectrum may have problems with planning

by  /  27 July 2017

Girls with autism may have more difficulty making and executing plans, and taking care of themselves, than do boys with the condition.

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Cannabis compound quells seizures in severe epilepsy syndrome

by  /  26 July 2017
A component of marijuana called cannabidiol eases seizures in children with Dravet syndrome.

Adults with autism face gaps in jobs, services

by  /  24 July 2017
More than half of adults with autism in the United States lack paying jobs, and many go without critical services such as healthcare.

Drug that shifts brain’s signaling balance could treat autism

by  /  20 July 2017
A drug that alters the balance of two key chemical messengers in the brain may help treat autism, suggests a proof-of-principle study.

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Large study shines spotlight on ‘mosaic’ mutations in autism

by  /  19 July 2017

About 8 percent of non-inherited mutations in people with autism occur in only some of the body’s cells, according to a study of 20,000 people.


Massive collaboration unearths inherited risk factor for autism

by  /  17 July 2017

Autism runs in families, but the search for inherited risk factors has come up short — until now.


Most disabled children would not be shielded from U.S. Medicaid cuts

by ,  /  13 July 2017

Only a fraction of disabled children would meet the definition of ‘blind and disabled’ that would allow them to keep their Medicaid coverage under the proposed health bill Republicans are pushing.


School survey in India reveals low autism prevalence

by  /  12 July 2017

Roughly 23 of every 10,000 children in India have autism, according to the country’s first rigorous estimate of autism prevalence.


Genetics guides gaze during social interactions, study finds

by  /  12 July 2017

The tendency of people with autism to not make eye contact is rooted in genetics, suggests a study of identical and fraternal twins.


Oxytocin spray boosts social skills in children with autism

by  /  10 July 2017

A small clinical trial shows that treatment with the hormone oxytocin improves social skills in some children with autism.


Regional autism rates point to impact of awareness, training

by  /  10 July 2017

The odds of getting an autism diagnosis depend on where in the United States a person lives.


Twin tots reveal autism traits arise mostly from genes

by  /  6 July 2017

Genes are bigger contributors to autism features than are environmental factors, according to a study of nearly 39,000 twins.


CRISPR goes wild, and scientists debate its fidelity

by  /  5 July 2017

The gene-editing tool CRISPR may cause thousands of off-target mutations, but critics say it’s way too soon to accuse it of infidelity.


Diabetes drug eases fragile X features in mice

by  /  3 July 2017

A drug used to treat type 2 diabetes reverses behavioral and brain abnormalities in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome.

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