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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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