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Autism’s core symptoms accompany a constellation of subtle signs that scientists are just beginning to unmask.

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Weak ‘wiring’ in infant brains augurs severe autism features

by  /  21 August 2017
Babies who are later diagnosed with autism may show aberrant connections between some brain regions in their first year of life.
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Brain imaging studies seek signs of autism before birth

by  /  17 August 2017
Researchers are pushing the limits of brain imaging, looking at fetal brains for the earliest signs of autism.
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What baby siblings can teach us about autism

by  /  16 August 2017
Studies of infants at risk for autism have not yielded a test to predict who will eventually be diagnosed. But they have transformed our understanding of the condition.
August 2017
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Mice made with CRISPR usher in new era of autism research

by  /  7 August 2017

Researchers have debuted two mouse models of autism made using the gene-editing tool CRISPR. Both strains lack one copy of CHD8, a gene with strong ties to autism.

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Studies spotlight role of medicines, hospitals in autism

by  /  3 August 2017

People with autism who have a mood disorder or sleep problems are more likely to be admitted to inpatient psychiatric units than those who do not have one of these other conditions.

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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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Study offers toothy look at environmental risk for autism

by  /  2 August 2017

A small study suggests that baby teeth may afford a way to explore environmental risk factors for autism.

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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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Tendency to ‘freeze’ may be measurable feature of autism

by ,  /  1 August 2017

Many adolescents with autism experience catatonia, a quantifiable decline in motor ability.

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July 2017
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Mat with pressure sensors detects characteristic gait in dup15q syndrome

by  /  31 July 2017

People with dup15q syndrome tend to walk slowly, have a wide stance and take short steps.

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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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Antidepressant eases some autism features in mice

by  /  28 July 2017

A drug that keeps neurons bathed in the chemical messenger serotonin prevents social abnormalities in a mouse model of dup15q syndrome.

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Dim light casts shadow on mouse sleep, behavior

by  /  28 July 2017

Exposure to a dim light at night disrupts sleep and worsens repetitive behaviors and social difficulties in a mouse model of autism.

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