Tag: social deficits

February 2018
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Rats with autism mutation turn deaf ear to playful entreaties

by  /  20 February 2018

Male rats missing an autism candidate gene called SHANK3 spend less time sniffing, nuzzling and chasing their peers than controls do.

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Movement perception, autism traits may share genetic roots

by  /  19 February 2018

The ability to identify human-like movements is rooted in genetics — and may share those origins with autism traits.

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Features / Special Reports / Where autism and attention deficit meet

Inside Scoop From the Autism Anchors: The attention deficit-autism overlap

14 February 2018

Raphael Bernier and James Mancini describe the similarities and differences between autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Optimism, confusion greet federal fast track for autism drug

by  /  12 February 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted a rare ‘breakthrough therapy’ designation for a drug that may ease some features of autism.

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January 2018
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Variant analysis may vastly underestimate heritability of autism behaviors

by  /  29 January 2018

Existing genome scans do not detect many of the DNA variants that underlie behavioral problems.

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Drug in trials for one autism-linked condition may worsen another

by  /  26 January 2018

The drug rapamycin, which is in clinical trials as a treatment for tuberous sclerosis, may exacerbate features of fragile X syndrome, another condition related to autism.

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Anxiety drug reverses problems in mice with autism mutation

by  /  4 January 2018

A widely used treatment for anxiety can eliminate some of the cognitive and social problems seen in mice missing a copy of ARID1B, a gene associated with autism.

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December 2017
Features / Special Reports / 2017: Year in review

Notable papers in autism research in 2017

22 December 2017

This year’s list of top papers highlights nuances in the genetics of autism and new leads on early treatment.

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New York program transports children with autism to their passion

by  /  22 December 2017

In a New York City after-school program, children with autism build social skills through a shared interest in trains.

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Men with autism may misread social cues in body odors

by  /  21 December 2017

Men with autism may respond differently to human odors — and the social signals that they contain — than do their neurotypical peers.

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