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Signs & Symptoms

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

June 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

Remembering Isabelle Rapin (1927-2017)

by  /  13 June 2017

Isabelle Rapin, a child neurologist who spent more than 50 years working with people with autism, passed away 24 May at the age of 89.

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News

Parents’ interactions with infants may alleviate autism features

by  /  12 June 2017

Teaching parents to respond to cues from babies at high risk of autism eases the severity of autism features at age 3.

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News

Maternal infection may alter neuronal signals, connections

by  /  9 June 2017

Pups born to pregnant mice infected with a mock virus are known to show changes in their immune system. These effects may in turn impair proper brain signaling, according to results presented Saturday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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News

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy tied to autism risk

by  /  8 June 2017

Children born to women who had low blood levels of vitamin D while pregnant double their risk of autism.

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News

Brain scans may forecast autism in high-risk infants

by  /  7 June 2017

Patterns of brain activity in 6-month-old babies accurately predict which children will be diagnosed with autism at age 2.

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News

In autism, social difficulties may set the stage for anxiety

by  /  5 June 2017

Poor social skills are a risk factor for the development of social anxiety, but the reverse — anxiety foreshadowing social problems — is not necessarily true.

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2017
News / Spotted

Restricted diagnoses; CRISPR caveat; imam outreach

by  /  2 June 2017

The British government is limiting the number of new autism diagnoses in the United Kingdom, CRISPR makes the mistake everyone worried it would, and Minnesota imams reach out amid a measles outbreak.

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Rare form of regression is distinct from most autism

by  /  1 June 2017

A rare condition marked by a sudden and profound loss of skills is biologically distinct from other forms of autism.

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May 2017
Features / Deep Dive

Autism in motion

by  /  31 May 2017

Children with autism are often clumsy, physically awkward or uncoordinated. This understudied and nearly ubiquitous feature has researchers contemplating a new idea: Could motor problems be one source of autism’s social difficulties?

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News

Chromosome 16 mutations augur distinct developmental paths

by  /  25 May 2017

Children missing a stretch of DNA on chromosome 16 show worsening motor and social skills in the first eight years of life; those with an extra copy of the region do not show this decline.

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