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July 2008

Signs of autism-like traits seen in ‘aloof’ parents

by  /  17 July 2008

Parents of some children with autism rely on othersʼ mouths rather than eyes to read emotions, just as individuals with autism do, according to a study published today in Current Biology.


Autism, some say, is all in the gut

by  /  15 July 2008

Many cases of autism originate not in the brain, but in the gut, according to a few controversial studies published in the past year.


Middle Eastern families yield new genetic clues to autism

by  /  10 July 2008

Autism may interfere with the brainʼs ability to adapt to experience early in development, according to a study published today in Science that uncovers several new risk genes for the disorder.


Face processing network weaker in autism, scientists say

by  /  7 July 2008

People with autism display atypical patterns of brain activity while viewing faces: thatʼs the conclusion from a study that used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to assess what happens in the brain when people see faces.

June 2008

‘Trust hormone’ shows promise as treatment for autism

by  /  25 June 2008

The so-called trust hormone oxytocin could prove to be an effective treatment for autism, but itʼs premature for parents to be dosing their kids with the hormone, researchers warn.


Digital tools arm teens, teachers and parents against autism

by  /  20 June 2008

In February 2006, psychology researcher Gary Mesibov introduced an electronic diary to a few teens with autism at his clinic in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Rett syndrome gene is unexpected activator of thousands of genes

by  /  16 June 2008

The gene underlying Rett syndrome has a surprisingly large role in controlling the activity of other genes, according to two recent papers.


Imaging study tags brain regions linked to repetitive behaviors

by  /  11 June 2008

Repetitive behaviors seen in adults with autism are associated with abnormal activity in the ‘executive’ brain system, which is responsible for attention, planning and for inhibiting inappropriate behaviors, according to an imaging study published in May.


Rare, spontaneous mutations rife in schizophrenia cases

by  /  5 June 2008

Rare, spontaneous mutations could account for at least ten percent of cases of schizophrenia, according a study published online last week.

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Could autism’s core features have independent origins?

by  /  2 June 2008

Every day, Tamarack OʼDonnell works with children who span the range of disorders on the autism spectrum. Some children flap their hands and cannot engage even in basic social interactions; others are visibly intelligent and have only mild eccentricities, such as eating only out of a green bowl.