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Study points to racial disparities among hospitalized autistic children

by  /  24 February 2020

Black children with autism who are hospitalized for psychiatric problems are more impaired than their white peers. Socioeconomic factors may explain the difference.

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Large mutations may explain diverse outcomes from autism gene

by  /  24 February 2020
Deletions and duplications of long stretches of DNA may increase the likelihood of autism in people who have a mutation in a gene called PTEN.
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Long-term study tracks persistence of self-harm in autistic people

by  /  21 February 2020
Autistic people who are hyperactive or have difficulty controlling their own impulses are the most likely to show ongoing self-injury.
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Verbal ability may predict age at autism diagnosis

by  /  20 February 2020
Girls with autism are diagnosed 1.5 years later, on average, than boys with the condition, perhaps because they tend to have stronger verbal skills.

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Melatonin may ease autistic children’s sleep troubles

by  /  27 February 2020

Melatonin appears to be safe for long-term use in autistic children who have difficulty sleeping.

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Why autistic mothers may feel overwhelmed and undersupported

by  /  26 February 2020

Autistic mothers report having more anxiety and depression than neurotypical mothers do.

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Striatum, the brain’s reward hub, may drive core autism traits

by  /  17 February 2020

Associated primarily with its role in movement, the striatum may also influence the social difficulties of autistic people.

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Intelligence, behavior shape adulthood for people with autism

by  /  14 February 2020

Adults with autism vary enormously in their quality of life, and two factors may explain most of this variation.

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Breathing may scramble brain scans used in autism research

by  /  13 February 2020

Autism researchers who use brain scans may not be accounting for the head motion caused by study participants’ breathing.

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Map of fly brain lights up millions of connections

by  /  12 February 2020

A new wiring diagram of the fruit fly brain is the most complex ever created.

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Sponsors of clinical trials may report data late or never

by  /  10 February 2020

Many clinical trials, including those related to autism, do not report their results within a year of their completion.

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Autism has no impact on family size in Sweden

by  /  7 February 2020

New data challenge the idea that parents of autistic children refrain from having more children.

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Sleep problems in autism, explained

by  /  6 February 2020

Many people with autism have difficulty falling and staying asleep, but there may be ways to help them.

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Increase in intelligence scores may not alter autism traits

by  /  4 February 2020

People with autism show significant improvements in cognitive ability from age 12 to 23 years, but their autism traits remain stable over this time.

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