Study suggests Rett syndrome doesn’t always arise spontaneously

by  /  13 December 2018

Nearly one in four men who have a daughter with Rett syndrome carry mutations linked to the condition in some of their sperm.

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Unusual sensory responses in infancy may hint at autism

by  /  12 December 2018
Some children diagnosed with autism by age 2 show unusual responses to sights, sounds and textures as infants.

How to design spaces for people with autism

by  /  11 December 2018
Architects are working with schools to create welcoming, versatile spaces for students on the spectrum.
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Sex differences in brain hint at roots of ‘camouflaging’ in autism

by  /  10 December 2018
Autistic women's activity in a 'social' brain region tracks with the extent to which they mask their autism.

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Study links autism to high levels of fat hormone

by  /  7 December 2018

Autism may be accompanied by high levels of the hormone leptin in early childhood.

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Autistic children may have to mute own perspective to grasp others’

by  /  6 December 2018

To understand another person’s point of view, children with autism may need to actively suppress their own.

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Some autism mutations go undetected, new study suggests

by  /  5 December 2018

Some mutations that contribute to autism and arise spontaneously may be mistaken for inherited mutations.


National surveys estimate U.S. autism prevalence at 1 in 40

by  /  3 December 2018

About 1 in 40 children in the United States has autism, according to a survey conducted in 2016. Roughly 30 percent of those children were not being treated for the condition at the time.

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Slow onset may explain late autism diagnosis in some children

by  /  3 December 2018

Some autistic children don’t show traits of the condition until age 5 or later.

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Number of uninsured children rising for first time in decade

by ,  /  3 December 2018

After years of steady decline, the number of U.S. children without health insurance rose by 276,000 in 2017.

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Repetitive behaviors tied to brain activity patterns in toddlers

by  /  29 November 2018

Children who have repetitive behaviors, a core autism trait, may show particular patterns of brain activity as early as 1 year of age.

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Autistic children, parents may shape each other’s language

by  /  28 November 2018

Parents may speak to their autistic children using fewer words and less complex sentences than do parents of typical children, which in turn shapes the children’s language skills.

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‘Shock therapy’ may help some autistic teens with catatonia

by  /  26 November 2018

Case reports suggest electroconvulsive therapy is effective for treating catatonia in people with autism.

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Obesity risk tracks with severity of autism traits, study suggests

by  /  22 November 2018

The latest study to show that autistic children tend to be overweight suggests that the risk is greatest for those at the severe end of the spectrum.

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