Skip to main content

Spectrum: Autism Research News

News Archive

April 2008

New techniques promise early diagnosis for autism

by  /  17 April 2008

By the time children reach their third birthdays, their behavior can reliably predict whether they have an autism spectrum disorder.


Mouse model links epigenetics to autism

by  /  14 April 2008

Mice that lack a key regulatory protein known as Mbd1 show autism-like symptoms and could serve as a model for the disorder, according to a study published online on 1 April.


Sibling studies reveal early signs of autism

by  /  4 April 2008

In the past few years, dozens of research groups have begun studying the younger siblings ― or baby sibs, as they are dubbed ― of children with autism to try to pin down the genetic, developmental and behavioral trajectory of autism and its subtypes. Recognizing symptoms early could also lead to earlier diagnoses and intervention.


Experts call for universal fragile X screening

by  /  1 April 2008

Screening for genetic precursors to fragile X syndrome, the most well established genetic risk factor for autism, should be expanded to all women who are pregnant or plan to be, some geneticists say.

March 2008

Restless sleep marks autism disorders

by  /  27 March 2008

For parents of children with autism, bedtime can be a boondoggle.


Unraveling mitochondria’s mysterious link to autism

by  /  24 March 2008

In the past two weeks, autism researchers and advocacy groups have been agog with news that autism could be linked to an extremely rare group of metabolic diseases.


The case for copy number variations in autism

by  /  17 March 2008

Following a series of papers in the past two years, what seems irrefutable is that copy number variations ― in which a particular stretch of DNA is either deleted or duplicated ― are important in autism.


Research clarifies serotonin’s link to autism

by  /  13 March 2008

Serotonin is most commonly talked about in association with depression and anxiety. But for nearly 50 years, hyperserotonemia ― an elevated level of blood serotonin ― has been noted in roughly a third of autism cases.


Virtual peers teach real-life skills

by  /  4 March 2008

For children with autism who have trouble interacting with their peers, virtual characters may be a way to improve language skills ― and perhaps more.

February 2008

Father’s advanced age feeds autism risk

by  /  25 February 2008

Are older fathers more likely to have children with autism? A series of epidemiological studies is giving credence to the idea, suggesting that, with age, sperm may accumulate damage that increases risk in the next generation.