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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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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.

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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
Opinion / Viewpoint

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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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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