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Going gluten-free unlikely to help most people with autism

by ,  /  26 July 2016

The presence of antibodies against a wheat protein may indicate that a child with autism would benefit from a gluten-free diet — but little data support this theory.

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July 2016
Illustration by Rebekka Dunlap
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People with autism can read emotions, feel empathy

by ,  /  12 July 2016

The notion that people with autism lack empathy and cannot recognize other people’s feelings is wrong.

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Brain scans may soon paint personal pictures of mental health

by  /  5 July 2016

Statistical techniques and information about the timing of brain activity are laying the groundwork for practical applications of brain imaging.

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June 2016
Illustration by Tianhua Mao
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Analyses of gene activity may yield clues to roots of autism

by ,  /  28 June 2016

Network analyses of gene expression patterns may point to key molecular pathways that autism alters and suggest new ways of treating the condition.

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May 2016
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Through play, children with autism can hone thinking skills

by  /  31 May 2016

Clinicians can use play to deliver therapies that could improve a child’s social skills, language and certain cognitive capacities.

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Julia Yellow
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Scientists must curb tendency to try untested treatments

by  /  12 May 2016

People may misconstrue basic research as ready remedies, so scientists must work to prevent misinterpretation of their findings.

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Service with a smile: At the Citrus Diner in Virginia Beach, the staff turns down the music when Kevin Pelphrey and his daughter, Frances, arrive for breakfast.
Annie Pelphrey
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How dining out with my daughter inspired my autism studies

by  /  12 May 2016

Restaurants can be stressful for my daughter Frances, who has autism, but her difficulties led me to try to better understand and treat her type of situational anxiety.

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Julia Yellow
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Testing school-based autism treatments takes teamwork

by  /  12 May 2016

Partnering with families and teachers is the only way to make autism interventions work in the community.

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Nancy Kedersha / UCLA / SCIENCE SOURCE
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Targeting brain’s star-shaped cells may yield autism drugs

by ,  /  3 May 2016

Astrocytes modulate most — if not all — aspects of neuronal development. We need new techniques to study these star-shaped brain cells and their potential role in autism and other conditions.

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April 2016
Philip Giordano
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Correcting the record: Leo Kanner and the broad autism phenotype

by ,  /  26 April 2016

The specter of the ‘refrigerator mother’ theory continues to haunt the history of autism. New information puts Kanner’s observations of parents into context.

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March 2016
Oksana Grivina
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When tracking brain activity, timing can be key

by  /  15 March 2016

A brain imaging technique called magnetoencephalography characterizes not just what is happening in the brain, but also where and when, making it ideally suited for studying autism.

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