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Coronavirus threatens autistic people living in group homes

by ,  /  21 May 2020

Living in close quarters, with rotating staff and sometimes inadequate protective equipment, group-home residents are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

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Environmental factors unlikely to account for rise in autism prevalence

by  /  18 May 2020
The relative contributions of genetic and environmental factors to autism have held steady over multiple decades, according to a large twin study.
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Common pregnancy complication linked to increased autism odds

by  /  15 May 2020
High blood pressure during pregnancy may raise a woman's chances of having an autistic child.
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Preschoolers with autism get few hours of evidence-based therapies

by  /  14 May 2020
Autistic preschoolers may get too little therapy and too much medication, according to a new study.

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Amidst the pandemic, autism’s largest conference moves online

by  /  1 June 2020

Organizers of the International Society for Autism Research’s annual meeting will host digital offerings on 3 June.

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Extra proteins alter microglia and behavior in mice

by  /  29 May 2020

The overproduction of proteins in brain cells called microglia causes social impairments, cognitive deficits and repetitive behavior in male mice, a new study has found.

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Reversing SHANK3 mutations in mice mitigates autism-like traits

by  /  28 May 2020

Correcting an autism gene mutation in fetal mice lessens some autism-like behaviors after birth.

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Funding for autism research, explained

by  /  25 May 2020

Biomedical research costs money. And applying for research funding can be a long and complicated process.

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Rare mutations in autism genes tied to intellectual disability

by  /  22 May 2020

A new study highlights the challenge of distinguishing genetic variants linked to autism from those associated with cognitive development.

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New mapping technique reveals unexpected brain cell diversity

by  /  13 May 2020

Star-shaped cells called astrocytes may play a greater role in brain development than previously thought.

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Hormone level in infants may predict autism diagnosis

by  /  11 May 2020

Infants with low levels of the hormone vasopressin in their cerebrospinal fluid may be more likely to later be diagnosed with autism.

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Autistic girls may experience more emotional challenges than autistic boys do

by  /  8 May 2020

Emotion control eludes more girls than boys with autism, according to a new study of young people hospitalized for psychiatric issues.

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DNA differences may shape gene expression in the brain before birth

by  /  7 May 2020

Many genes in a brain region implicated in autism change expression patterns in late fetal development, depending on differences in neighboring DNA.

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Quarantine may hit autistic women and children hardest

by  /  6 May 2020

The coronavirus lockdown has radically disrupted autistic people’s schedules and access to services, according to a new survey.

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