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Spectrum: Autism Research News

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Angie Voyles Askham

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Angie Voyles Askham is Senior Reporter for Spectrum, where she covers neural circuits and gene therapy, among other topics. She proposed and writes Spectrum Launch, a monthly newsletter for early-career researchers. Before joining Spectrum in 2020, she worked in radio journalism and academic publishing. Voyles Askham has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from NYU and a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. You can email her at [email protected] or find her on Twitter @avaskham.

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August 2020
Young child getting an asthma treatment from a doctor

Asthma common among children with autism, developmental disabilities

by  /  7 August 2020

A new survey shows that children with autism or other developmental disabilities in the United States are at least twice as likely to have asthma as their neurotypical peers are.

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Young child on her bed looking at a book.

Studies unravel diversity of traits tied to chromosome 16 mutations

by  /  3 August 2020

Two new analyses help to explain why mutations to the chromosomal region 16p11.2 can lead to autism, intellectual disability or language difficulties.

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July 2020
Micrograph of muscle cells

Some motor problems in autism may arise from cells outside brain

by  /  20 July 2020

The autism gene SHANK3 is crucial for the development and function of muscles and the motor neurons that control them.

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Selective enzyme blocker eases fragile X traits in mice

by  /  10 July 2020

A new treatment prevents seizures and improves memory in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome, according to a new study.

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four brain views with different areas lit up

Sensory networks overconnected early in autism

by  /  3 July 2020

Autistic toddlers have unusually strong connections between sensory areas of the brain.

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June 2020
Two fractal images side by side

Altered learning may drive social inattention in autistic children

by  /  18 June 2020

Children with autism have trouble learning that faces convey information, which may explain their tendency to miss social cues.

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grid of brains with one area highlighted shows a potential source of a seizure

New noninvasive approach maps seizure-generating brain areas

by  /  10 June 2020

A new method for electroencephalography source localization can noninvasively identify brain networks involved in generating seizures in people with epilepsy.

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