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Signs & Symptoms

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

November 2017
News

Soothing sensory sensitivity may ease social problems in mice

by  /  12 November 2017

A treatment delivered to neurons that mediate touch can ease anxiety and social problems in two mouse models of autism.

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News

SHANK3 zebrafish may be too cool for schools

by  /  12 November 2017

Zebrafish lacking the autism-linked gene SHANK3 show little social interest and other behavioral abnormalities.

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News

Motor problems in autism persist into adulthood

by  /  11 November 2017

Young adults with autism have an unusual gait and problems with fine motor skills.

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News

Melatonin gains momentum as sleep aid for people with autism

by  /  10 November 2017

A new formulation of the hormone melatonin seems to improve sleep in some children with autism.

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News

Three autism mouse models marked by defects in same circuit

by  /  8 November 2017

Problems with social interactions stem from faulty wiring of a single circuit spanning distant brain regions, results from three mouse models of autism suggest.

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In autism, intelligence scores may not predict school success

by  /  6 November 2017

Many children with autism do better in school than their intelligence scores would predict, and about 16 percent do worse.

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News / Toolbox

Simple recipe dishes up realistic ‘mini-brains’

by  /  3 November 2017

A simple method for growing spheres of brain cells yields more realistic replicas of the brain than traditional techniques do.

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Cells spun from baby teeth implicate astrocytes in autism

by  /  2 November 2017

In children with autism, star-shaped brain cells may release inflammatory molecules that harm neurons.

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News

Registry for autism-linked syndrome spurs new research

by  /  2 November 2017

Nine U.S. clinics are pooling their data to create a registry of people who have an extra copy of a region on chromosome 15 called 15q11-13, a genetic abnormality often found in people with autism.

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October 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

How treating sleep may ease all forms of autism

by  /  31 October 2017

Behavioral interventions and medications can help children with autism-related syndromes sleep better, but the treatments must be tailored to the cause of each child’s sleep disturbance.

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