Tag: social deficits

August 2017
News

Flash of light shifts social behavior in autism mice

by  /  2 August 2017

Turning on a set of neurons that dampen brain activity improves social behavior in a mouse model of autism; turning off neurons that excite brain activity does the same thing.

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Features / Deep Dive

Rethinking regression in autism

by  /  2 August 2017

The loss of abilities that besets some toddlers with autism is probably less sudden and more common than anyone thought.

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July 2017
News

Anxiety, seizures mark mice with extra copy of autism gene

by  /  31 July 2017

Mice with an extra copy of UBE3A, a gene linked to autism, have learning problems and anxiety, and are prone to seizures and fine-motor problems.

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News / Spotted

Edited human embryos; prenatal antidepressants; gut thinking and more

by  /  28 July 2017

Researchers in Oregon edit human embryos, prenatal antidepressants may play a role in autism risk, and gut microbiota are associated with early cognition.

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News

Cannabis compound quells seizures in severe epilepsy syndrome

by  /  26 July 2017

A component of marijuana called cannabidiol eases seizures in children with Dravet syndrome.

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Week of JulyJul
17th
2017
News / Spotted

Valproate ban; hearing voices; adult autism and more

by  /  21 July 2017

A movement to ban valproate during pregnancy gains a foothold in France, people with auditory hallucinations seek to demedicalize the experience, and adults on the spectrum speak out.

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News / Toolbox

Standard scale identifies anxiety in children with autism

by  /  14 July 2017

A widely used questionnaire designed to measure anxiety flags the condition in children with autism.

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Features / Deep Dive

The social ties between autism and schizophrenia

by  /  12 July 2017

Autism and schizophrenia share a long and tangled history. Comparing the social features of the two conditions could lead to better treatments and a deeper understanding of each.

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News

Oxytocin spray boosts social skills in children with autism

by  /  10 July 2017

A small clinical trial shows that treatment with the hormone oxytocin improves social skills in some children with autism.

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News / Toolbox

Scale tests mental flexibility in children with autism

by  /  7 July 2017

A new assessment offers a broad measure of ‘flexible thinking’ in children and teenagers with autism.

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