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.

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.

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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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