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Drug may deliver ‘ecstasy’ of social interactions to autistic people

by  /  23 May 2019

The ability to learn from social experiences wanes by adulthood, at least in mice — but the recreational drug ecstasy may bring it back.

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Single-cell analysis suggests brain signaling problems in autism

by ,  /  22 May 2019
Recent advances in technology allow researchers to measure RNA that is contained within the nucleus of a single brain cell.
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Individual cells from the brains of autistic people show distinct gene-expression patterns, and are shown in different colors.

Analysis of single cells implicates set of neurons in autism

by  /  22 May 2019
A set of neurons involved in complex cognitive functions may play a central role in autism.
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Prevalence estimates for autism indicate bias against non-white groups

by  /  20 May 2019
Estimates for autism's prevalence in three U.S. states reveal significant inequalities in how children of different races and ethnicities are counted and assessed.

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Nerves that control heart rate may be offbeat in autistic adults

by  /  17 May 2019

Adults with autism have a resting heartbeat that rarely varies in frequency, a tendency that may explain some aspects of the condition.

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Autism diagnosis may be possible as early as age 14 months

by  /  15 May 2019

Clinicians can reliably diagnose autism roughly two years earlier than the typical age of diagnosis.

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International autism meeting tilts balance back toward biology

by  /  13 May 2019

The offerings at this year’s international autism conference largely satisfied scientists pushing for a focus on biology, while also including enough sessions on social issues to please others.

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Sex bias in autism virtually absent among those with epilepsy

by  /  9 May 2019

The ratio of autistic boys to girls is roughly the same among children with epilepsy, according to a new meta-analysis.

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Having smart father raises child’s risk of autism

by  /  9 May 2019

Children whose fathers are highly intelligent are at a higher risk of autism than those whose fathers are of average intelligence.

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Inflammation may wield sex-specific effects on developing brain

by  /  8 May 2019

Exposure to inflammation in the womb may affect the brain and behavior of males and females differently.

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Matchmaking site for genes leads scientists to autism candidate

by  /  6 May 2019

A website called GeneMatcher has helped researchers identify a new gene for intellectual disability, developmental delay and autism.

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Takeaways from INSAR 2019

by  /  6 May 2019

Adults with autism have a resting heartbeat that rarely varies in frequency, a tendency that may explain some aspects of the condition, a new study suggests1. The findings also hint at a problem in these adults’ ‘autonomic’ nervous system, which controls involuntary functions such as heart rate and breathing. In most people, the interval between […]

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Reactions from INSAR 2019

by  /  4 May 2019

The autism research community is gathering in Montreal, Canada, this week for the meeting of the International Society for Autism Research.

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Many autistic children contemplate suicide, screens suggest

by  /  4 May 2019

About 10 percent of autistic children have suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

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