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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.

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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.
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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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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 Robert Joseph: How extreme prematurity ups autism risk

by  /  21 June 2016

Autism is four times more prevalent among extremely premature babies than in the general population.

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Questions for Alysson Muotri: Applying autism tools to Zika

by  /  14 June 2016

Mini-brains grown from stem cells in culture can reveal the effects of both autism and the Zika virus on early development.

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Questions for Letitia Naigles: Parsing pronoun confusion

by  /  7 June 2016

Children with autism tend to mix up personal pronouns when their language skills outpace their social awareness.

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Through play, children with autism can hone thinking skills

by  /  31 May 2016

Clinicians can use play to deliver therapies that could improve a child’s social skills, language and certain cognitive capacities.

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Questions for Elizabeth Berry-Kravis: Dodging mouse traps

by  /  24 May 2016

A mouse model of fragile X syndrome lacks a key feature of the condition, prompting researchers to look for other ways to test treatments.

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Scientists must curb tendency to try untested treatments

by  /  12 May 2016

People may misconstrue basic research as ready remedies, so scientists must work to prevent misinterpretation of their findings.

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Testing school-based autism treatments takes teamwork

by  /  12 May 2016

Partnering with families and teachers is the only way to make autism interventions work in the community.

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Sibling bonds inspire next generation of autism researchers

by  /  12 May 2016

Growing up with a brother or sister on the spectrum motivates some young people to devote their careers to investigating autism.

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How to successfully recruit participants for autism studies

by  /  12 May 2016

Many families don’t have the time or motivation to participate in research. So how can scientists recruit them?

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