Mutations tied to autism may alter gut function, microbiome in mice

by  /  11 July 2019

Mutations in the autism gene NLGN3 may alter the gut nervous system of mice.

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Family groups, researchers join forces to solve mysteries of autism gene

by  /  10 July 2019
Families of children with mutations in a gene called SYNGAP1 have spurred research into the effects of the mutations on people — and how to treat them.

First brain organoids get set to travel into space

by  /  8 July 2019
A cache of about 100 brain organoids grown from human cells is expected to launch into orbit this month.

Medical conditions may mark distinct autism subtypes

by  /  4 July 2019
Young autistic children may fall into three groups based on the number and type of co-occurring conditions they have.

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Animal lab closures in England rattle autism researchers

by  /  15 July 2019

News that two major animal research laboratories are likely to close down within a few years has left some researchers in the United Kingdom uncertain about the future of their work.


Large study supports discarding the term ‘high-functioning autism’

by  /  3 July 2019

Autistic people described as ‘high functioning’ because they do not have intellectual disability often still struggle with daily living skills.

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Study hints at dietary chemical as therapy for type of autism

by  /  1 July 2019

A compound derived from cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, might limit the impact of certain mutations in an autism gene.

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Study of microbiome’s importance in autism triggers swift backlash

by  /  27 June 2019

Many scientists have pointed out possible errors of analysis and interpretation in a high-profile study that suggested microbes can ease autism-like behaviors in mice.

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Data analysis, open access could improve peer-review process

by ,  /  26 June 2019

Data analysis can improve the vetting of scientific papers, but first publishers must agree to make the information public.

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Interactive Autism Network, home to dozens of studies, set to shut down

by  /  26 June 2019

The first online registry dedicated to autism research is scheduled to close down on 30 June, ending a 13-year run.


Netherlands law limits children’s access to autism services

by  /  24 June 2019

A law implemented four years ago has made it difficult for Dutch children in some regions to have access to mental health care.

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Timing of autism treatments may be key to their success

by  /  20 June 2019

The timing of treatment is crucial for conditions related to autism — and more so for some conditions than for others.

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Doubts precede saliva test for autism, set to be available by July

by  /  19 June 2019

A saliva test that helps clinicians diagnose autism is expected to be available in the next few weeks. But some experts are skeptical of the test’s accuracy and value.


Book review: ‘The Rosie Result’ crafts foolish caricatures of autism

by  /  18 June 2019

In the final installment of Graeme Simsion’s bestselling Rosie trilogy, the protagonist’s implied autism becomes explicit — and leaves our reviewer cold.

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