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Molecular signature may lead to blood test for autism

by  /  31 October 2019

Researchers have identified a distinctive pattern of gene expression in the white blood cells of young autistic boys.

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New gene linked to autism, neuron development

by  /  30 October 2019
Mutations in the gene CSDE1 lead to a constellation of developmental delays and conditions, including autism, according to a new study.
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Analysis finds little evidence to support dietary interventions for autism

by  /  28 October 2019
Special diets that eliminate certain foods or contain added supplements have minimal impact on autism traits, according to a review of 27 clinical trials.
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Takeaways from SfN 2019

by  /  24 October 2019
Thousands of research presentations, five days: Spectrum looks back at the 2019 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Chicago.

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Autism-linked gene variants increase odds of attention deficit

by  /  18 November 2019

A collection of rare genetic variants associated with autism and schizophrenia also seem to increase a person’s odds of having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Mutations in cancer gene tied to unique autism traits

by  /  14 November 2019

Autistic people who carry mutations in a gene called PTEN have distinct behavioral and motor problems.

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Autistic children disproportionately affected by chronic pain

by  /  13 November 2019

Children with autism are about twice as likely as their typical peers to experience chronic or repeated pain.

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Surplus of immune cells may mark brains of autistic people

by  /  11 November 2019

Blood vessels in the brains of more than half of autistic people have an unusually large number of T cells.

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Brexit threatens progress of large autism studies

by  /  7 November 2019

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union would endanger continent-wide collaborations.

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Privacy concerns about mental health apps highlight need for regulation

by  /  6 November 2019

Dozens of apps are marketed to people with mental health conditions, including autism, and many violate the users’ privacy. Some researchers are finding a better way.

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Motor problems in autistic people may be grossly underestimated

by  /  4 November 2019

At least one in three autistic children has significant movement difficulties, according to a large study.

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Children with congenital heart defects have increased odds of autism

by  /  24 October 2019

Children who are born with mild heart problems are more likely to be autistic than their typical peers are.

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Drug counteracts effects of doubled autism gene

by  /  24 October 2019

An experimental drug tamps down the expression of a gene duplicated in an autism-related condition and restores typical behavior in mice.

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Brain scans from one person build reliable map of brain activity

by  /  24 October 2019

Mapping brain activity in one person doing multiple tasks creates a more accurate picture of the brain than averaging the brain activity of multiple people doing a single task.

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