‘Editing’ of RNA may play sizeable role in autism

by  /  14 February 2019

People with autism may show scant activity in a poorly understood molecular process thought to regulate gene expression.

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Nerves that control heart rate may contribute to autism

by  /  13 February 2019
The part of the nervous system that regulates heart rate and breathing may be involved in autism.
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Psychotropic drugs frequently prescribed for autistic people

by  /  11 February 2019
About one in three autistic people in the United Kingdom is prescribed drugs designed to alter brain function.

Unvaccinated teenagers fight for right to immunization

by ,  /  11 February 2019
More and more children whose parents refuse to vaccinate are discovering as teenagers that their bodies are at the center of a roiling tug-of-war between science and pseudoscience.

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Changes to Canada autism program could do more harm than good

by ,  /  15 February 2019

The Ontario, Canada, government recently announced its intentions to overhaul the Ontario Autism Program, but the changes could leave autistic children without supports.

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U.S. measles outbreak sends hesitant families scrambling for vaccines

by ,  /  8 February 2019

Demand for measles vaccine has surged in the Washington county where the highly contagious virus is linked to more than 50 confirmed illnesses this year — including among people who had previously shunned the shots.

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Rapid regression distinguishes rare condition from autism

by  /  7 February 2019

Some children who dramatically lose a range of abilities after age 2 may have a condition called childhood disintegrative disorder.


Analysis pinpoints genes linked to autism, developmental delay

by  /  6 February 2019

An analysis of spontaneous mutations in nearly 11,000 individuals with developmental delay or autism implicates 49 new genes.

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New group faces backlash over its goals for severe autism

by  /  4 February 2019

A new advocacy group for people with severe autism taps into the deep divide in the community over who should speak for those on the spectrum.

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Immigration fears force family to forego autism services for citizen child

by ,  /  1 February 2019

As U.S. immigration enforcement becomes stricter under the Trump administration, more immigrant families are cutting ties with healthcare services and other critical government programs.

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Sensory, motor connections may be disrupted in autism brains

by  /  31 January 2019

Links between sensory and motor brain networks may be unusually weak in individuals with autism.

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Rat model of autism shows unusual brain growth at birth

by  /  30 January 2019

The brains of rats exposed in utero to the seizure drug valproate show a significant increase in brain size around the time of birth.

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Study strengthens autism’s curious link to gender variance

by  /  28 January 2019

Traits associated with autism and gender variance may co-occur even among typical children — a finding that may ease some of the skepticism about the overlap.

Scientists and others protest over government shutdown

U.S. government shutdown threatens research grants, autism care

by  /  25 January 2019

As the partial government shutdown in the U.S. enters its sixth week, some scientists are working without pay, and federal workers with autistic children are restoring to desperate measures.

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