Tag: repetitive behavior

March 2017
Species shift: Bacteria of the genus Bifidobacterium become more abundant in the gut of children who receive a microbial transplant.
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Microbial transplant may treat gut, social problems

by  /  22 March 2017

Replacing the microbes that inhabit the gut may ease digestive troubles and social difficulties in children with autism.

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illustration of person with autism struggling with addiction
Features / Deep Dive

Autism’s hidden habit

by  /  1 March 2017

Conventional wisdom holds that people with autism don’t get hooked on alcohol or other drugs, but new evidence suggests otherwise.

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Model father: Children may inherit repetitive behaviors from their parents. 
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Parents’ traits predict autism features in children

by  /  1 March 2017

Children whose parents have a condition such as autism tend to have severe restricted interests and repetitive behaviors, even if they don’t have a diagnosis themselves.

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February 2017
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Opinion / Viewpoint

Animated sidekick connects parents to children with autism

by  /  21 February 2017

In a new type of therapy for autism, parents talk or type into their phone or computer, and their words emerge in the voice of an animated character.

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Treat pursuit: Rats with a mutation in the SHANK2 gene press a lever for a reward about a hundred times more than controls before giving up.Dmitry Maslov / Getty Images
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Rats with mutant SHANK genes show autism-like behaviors

by  /  16 February 2017

Researchers have engineered two new rats with mutations in a family of genes that function at neuronal junctions, they reported today at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research in Atlanta.

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Spotting signs: Parents and clinicians may be more likely to notice autism features in girls who act out. Annie Otzen / Getty Images
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Temper tantrums up odds of autism diagnosis in girls

by  /  9 February 2017

Girls who show severe emotional or behavioral problems are more likely to be diagnosed with autism than those who do not.

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Autism, fragile X follow different developmental paths

by  /  1 February 2017

Children with autism show an increase in restricted interests in their preteen years that is not seen in those with fragile X syndrome.

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January 2017
Injury-prone:   Children whose mothers lack a college degree are at heightened risk of self-harm.Kris Seraphin / Millennium Images, UK
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Large study shows self-injury common among children with autism

by  /  4 January 2017

About one in four children with autism hit, scratch or otherwise hurt themselves, suggests an analysis of school and medical records for more than 8,000 children.

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December 2016
Sigourney Weaver in “Snow Cake.” ©IFC Films / Courtesy Everett Collection
Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

The best depictions of autism in the arts

26 December 2016

The books, shows and movies that most accurately portray autism are those that don’t dwell on the condition.

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November 2016
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Features / Deep Dive

Why trials of autism treatments have a placebo problem

by  /  30 November 2016

People with autism — and their family members — are susceptible to powerful placebo effects. Some researchers are using the problem to better understand this mystifying phenomenon.

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