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Quest for autism biomarkers faces steep statistical challenges

by ,  /  23 August 2016

Finding a difference between people with and without autism is only the first step toward identifying a clinically useful marker of the condition.

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Reckless report exaggerates flaws in brain scan software

by  /  16 August 2016
A bug in brain imaging software casts doubt on the results of some autism studies, but it’s way too soon to write off the powerful imaging technique.
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Timing is key to understanding sensory, social issues in autism

by  /  9 August 2016
Individuals with autism have trouble reading social cues because their brains connect sights and sounds over unusually long periods of time.
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Questions for McCarroll, Stevens: How immune cells sculpt brains

by  /  2 August 2016
Genetic variants that impair a pathway that prunes neuronal connections may offer clues to autism.

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Neurons in a mouse brain, courtesy of Rafael Yuste / Columbia University
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Questions for Rafael Yuste: How to rewire neurons with light

by  /  27 September 2016

Repeatedly activating a group of neurons causes them to fire as a unit on their own. Once the ensemble has formed, stimulating a single neuron triggers activity in the rest of the group.

Illustration by Jun Cen
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Women with autism hide complex struggles behind masks

by ,  /  20 September 2016

A new study shows that women with autism are continually misunderstood, work to camouflage their true selves and face a high risk of sexual abuse.

Illustration by Nick Ogonsky
Opinion / Columnists / Spectrum of Care

Autism therapies blur boundary between clinic, everyday life

by  /  13 September 2016

Modern treatments for autism are often led by parents and integrated into a child’s daily life.

Illustration by Nick Ogonsky
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Questions for Evan Eichler: An evolving theory of autism

by  /  6 September 2016

A gene that raises the risk of autism in some people may also give humans an evolutionary boost.

Illustration by Tianhua Mao
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Questions for Hyungbae Kwon: Building bridges in the brain

by  /  30 August 2016

A new study reveals how chemicals in the newborn brain forge connections between neurons.

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Going gluten-free unlikely to help most people with autism

by ,  /  26 July 2016

The presence of antibodies against a wheat protein may indicate that a child with autism would benefit from a gluten-free diet — but little data support this theory.

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Questions for Nordahl, Mello: Scans for children with autism

by  /  19 July 2016

Techniques used in behavioral interventions could help scientists scan the brains of children who have both autism and intellectual disability.

Illustration by Rebekka Dunlap
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People with autism can read emotions, feel empathy

by ,  /  12 July 2016

The notion that people with autism lack empathy and cannot recognize other people’s feelings is wrong.

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Brain scans may soon paint personal pictures of mental health

by  /  5 July 2016

Statistical techniques and information about the timing of brain activity are laying the groundwork for practical applications of brain imaging.

Illustration by Tianhua Mao
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Analyses of gene activity may yield clues to roots of autism

by ,  /  28 June 2016

Network analyses of gene expression patterns may point to key molecular pathways that autism alters and suggest new ways of treating the condition.

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