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Study recasts cerebellum as key player in social reward

by  /  17 January 2019

The cerebellum, a brain region primarily associated with movement, may mediate the pleasure that comes from socializing.

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Gut microbes may treat social difficulties in autism mice

by  /  16 January 2019
Consuming Lactobacillus reuteri, a gut microbe found in yogurt and breast milk, may enhance social interactions in three mouse models of autism.
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Communication in brain may be remarkably constant in autism

by  /  14 January 2019
Patterns of brain activity in people with autism may be unusually consistent over seconds — and even years.
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Parents forced to trade custody for children’s mental-health care

by  /  11 January 2019
Each year, dozens of families in Illinois give up custody of their children to help them get mental-health services.

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Invisible man? Move over for invisible mouse

by  /  11 January 2019

A combination of chemical cocktails has created mice that are — yes — virtually invisible. And new imaging technology reveals the mice’s underlying nerves and lymphatic system in unprecedented detail.

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Autistic children’s language skills stay stable relative to peers

by  /  10 January 2019

Toddlers with strong language skills continue to outperform their peers as they grow up, whereas those with poor skills lag tend to lag behind.

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CRISPR studies hint at cell pathways involved in autism

by  /  7 January 2019

A variety of genetic risk factors for autism may disrupt some of the same processes in cells.

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Core set of autism traits shows up in diverse cultures

by  /  3 January 2019

Some autism traits look the same across cultures, and they could form the basis of a global screening tool.

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People with autism sometimes give ambiguous looks

by  /  2 January 2019

Autistic people have trouble making facial expressions appropriate to the circumstances.

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Children with severe autism increasingly overlooked in research

by  /  2 January 2019

The proportion of studies that include people with a severe form of autism has fallen over the past three decades.

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In Peru, novel program paves the way for autistic people’s employment

by  /  21 December 2018

At a center in Lima, Peru, people with autism learn to identify their strengths and find jobs that play to those strengths.

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Colombian cluster of fragile X may reveal insights into ‘premutation’

by  /  20 December 2018

Carriers of fragile X premutations in Ricaurte, Colombia, have more medical problems than carriers living elsewhere — and discovering why might yield treatments for the syndrome.

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Massive analysis refines map of autism’s genetic roots

by  /  19 December 2018

The largest genetic analysis of postmortem brain tissue to date has yielded maps of when and where genes related to autism are turned on and off throughout life.

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Young writers fight autism stereotypes through fan fiction

by , ,  /  19 December 2018

Some fan-fiction authors are beginning to incorporate autism into their stories, especially in the Harry Potter universe.

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