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Childhood autism traits linked to hypomania in adolescence

by  /  10 May 2021

Children with autism traits tend to show agitation, excitability, decreased sleep and other mild signs of mania in adolescence; the association is higher in identical twins than fraternal twins, suggesting that genetics plays a role.

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Community Newsletter: INSAR 2021 edition

by  /  9 May 2021
In this week's Community Newsletter, we've got a recap on what the autism research community was talking about during the 2021 International Society for Autism Research annual meeting.
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Fetal brain scans may forecast autism traits in toddlers

by  /  7 May 2021
Children with highly folded and curved brains in utero tend to show autism-linked behaviors at 18 months of age, according to a longitudinal brain-imaging study.
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Genes tied to autism, developmental delay, schizophrenia share functions

by  /  7 May 2021
Many genes linked to autism, schizophrenia and neurodevelopmental delay regulate gene expression and support communication between neurons.

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‘Neurons on a chip’ reveal patterns across autism-linked conditions

by  /  7 May 2021

Activity patterns of neuronal networks link different genetic subtypes of autism that have similar traits, according to new unpublished research.

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Methodological issues plague studies of early autism interventions

by  /  6 May 2021

Multiple types of bias and an overreliance on caregiver reports have clouded research on the effectiveness of early interventions for autism for nearly three decades.

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Infant siblings of autistic children miss language-learning clues

by  /  6 May 2021

So-called ‘baby sibs’ watch adults’ faces just as much as children without autistic siblings do, but they don’t understand spoken language as well.

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Largest autism genetics analysis to date uncovers more high-confidence candidates

by  /  6 May 2021

The largest-yet study of genetic data from autistic people has identified 255 genes associated with the condition.

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Maternal antibodies tied to autism bind to budding rat neurons

by  /  6 May 2021

Certain antibodies may shape neurodevelopment by attaching to and invading new neurons in the brain.

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Brain’s response to faces foretells social development in autistic people

by  /  6 May 2021

A delayed brain response to viewing faces may predict lags in social-skill development in autistic people.

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Massive analysis scores genes’ sensitivity to mutations

by  /  5 May 2021

Researchers have rated more than 17,000 genes, including many linked to autism and other neuropsychiatric conditions, according to their sensitivity to deletions and duplications.

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New ranking system flags clinically relevant ‘autism genes’

by  /  5 May 2021

A novel method to evaluate the strength of the evidence linking autism to specific genes could reveal which ones are most useful to screen for.

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Virtual-reality system tracks eye gaze in real-world settings

by  /  5 May 2021

A new eye-tracking program for VR headsets captures nuanced aspects of social attention in autistic people.

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Autism-related conditions linked to altered visual perception

by  /  5 May 2021

A test of binocular rivalry may distinguish between autism subtypes and help researchers screen the efficacy of certain drugs.

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