Lab-grown neurons showcase effects of autism mutations

by  /  15 January 2018

Neurons derived from people with mutations linked to autism display diverse abnormalities that may help explain the origins of these individuals’ features.

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For teens with autism, behavioral issues boost risk of police run-ins

by  /  11 January 2018
Young people with autism who have psychiatric problems may stand a ninefold greater chance of having an encounter with the police than do others on the spectrum.

Prenatal vitamins lower autism risk, Israeli study suggests

by  /  10 January 2018
Women who take folic acid or other vitamins before or during pregnancy may decrease their risk of having a child with autism.

Prevalence of autism in U.S. remains steady, new data suggest

by  /  8 January 2018
The prevalence of autism in the United States remained relatively stable from 2014 to 2016, according to a new analysis.

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Children’s health insurance program running on fumes in some U.S. states

by ,  /  9 January 2018

Some states are facing a mid-January loss of funding for their Children’s Health Insurance Program, despite spending approved by Congress in late December that was expected to keep the program running for three months.


Large study ties gut issues in autism to inflammation

by  /  8 January 2018

Children with autism are at an increased risk for inflammatory bowel disease, according to a large survey of electronic medical records.


Anxiety drug reverses problems in mice with autism mutation

by  /  4 January 2018

A widely used treatment for anxiety can eliminate some of the cognitive and social problems seen in mice missing a copy of ARID1B, a gene associated with autism.


Genetics governs children’s gaze patterns, twin study finds

by  /  3 January 2018

The way children view both social and nonsocial situations may be determined at least in part by their genes.


Signs of autism emerge early in babies with related condition

by  /  1 January 2018

Infants who have neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition linked to autism, show motor difficulties and communication delays at 10 months of age.


Partnerships with people on the spectrum yield rich research insights

by  /  22 December 2017

A growing number of researchers work with people on the spectrum when designing their studies — sometimes with help from programs intended to boost such partnerships.


New York program transports children with autism to their passion

by  /  22 December 2017

In a New York City after-school program, children with autism build social skills through a shared interest in trains.


Men with autism may misread social cues in body odors

by  /  21 December 2017

Men with autism may respond differently to human odors — and the social signals that they contain — than do their neurotypical peers.


Alabama to drop thousands of children from health insurance New Year’s Day

by ,  /  20 December 2017

Alabama plans to drop 7,000 children from coverage on New Year’s Day, the first step to shutting down coverage for everyone, as the result of U.S. Congress’ failure to restore federal funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.


Gene therapy success raises hopes for approach in Rett syndrome

by  /  20 December 2017

Success in a small clinical trial of spinal muscular atrophy suggests gene therapy might treat single-gene conditions related to autism.

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