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Faulty mitochondria may fuel features of fragile X syndrome

by  /  14 March 2019

Problems with the minute ‘factories’ that yield energy for cells — the mitochondria — may contribute to learning problems and other traits of fragile X syndrome.

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Latest test of promising autism therapy shows only mild benefits

by  /  14 March 2019
A much-touted behavioral therapy for autism, the Early Start Denver Model, may not be as effective as its creators had hoped.
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Prominent scientists call for ban on human gene editing

by  /  13 March 2019
A group of the world's leading geneticists is calling for a moratorium on the editing of DNA in human embryos.
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Early activity of brain’s emotion hub may yield clues to autism

by  /  11 March 2019
The brain's emotion center, the amygdala, undergoes dramatic changes during the first year of life; these shifts may hold hints about its role in autism.

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Motor traits that mark autism remain elusive, large study finds

by  /  18 March 2019

Motor problems in autistic infants may parallel those in infants with other developmental conditions.

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How the college admissions cheating scandal hurts students with disabilities

by , ,  /  15 March 2019

In the wake of this week’s college admissions cheating scandal, families and advocates are worried about a backlash that could make it harder for students with legitimate disabilities to get the accommodations the need.

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Autism diagnosis often followed by identification of other conditions

by  /  7 March 2019

A study of more than 5 million people reveals the onset and prevalence of nine diagnoses that often accompany autism.

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Deletion, duplication of chromosome 16 segment may confer same autism risk

by  /  6 March 2019

Autism may be just as common among children missing a segment of chromosome 16 as it is in those with an extra copy.

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Researchers pan blood test for autism as premature for clinical use

by  /  4 March 2019

Doctors can now order a blood test that its makers say may help flag autism, but experts say the test is not appropriate for use in clinics.

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Does vitamin use in pregnancy alter autism risk? Maybe, maybe not

by  /  4 March 2019

Despite the hype around a new study, it may be too soon to conclude that taking prenatal vitamins during pregnancy lowers the child’s chances of autism.

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Drugs that modify gene expression show promise for autism

by  /  28 February 2019

An experimental compound that blocks two enzymes involved in gene expression improves social behavior in young mice.

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Scientists sound warning about use of autism speech detector

by  /  27 February 2019

A popular system used to detect speech may not identify most vocalizations produced by autistic children aged 5 and older.

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Four sets of mice call popular autism theory into question

by  /  25 February 2019

An analysis of four mouse models negates certain assumptions underlying the signaling imbalance theory of autism.

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Bumper scan of genomes pinpoints inherited risk factors for autism

by  /  25 February 2019

An analysis of DNA from more than 20,000 people with autism identifies 12 regions in the genome that harbor inherited risk factors for the condition.

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