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Spectrum: Autism Research News

January 3rd

Research roundup

  • People with autism have an elevated chance of developing a gastrointestinal disorder, such as inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, according to a review of eight studies. Autism Research
  • Various interventions designed to improve balance have proved helpful in autistic children and adolescents. Perceptual and Motor Skills
  • Trait severity among autistic children in northeast China appears to be linked to gastrointestinal issues, high blood levels of lead, having a mother with a low level of education or having non-parent caregivers. BMC Pediatrics
  • Among teenage boys and young men with fragile X syndrome, poor daily living skills are associated with more communication difficulties and autism traits. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • A variety of strategies can help autistic people manage the sensory challenges posed by magnetic resonance imaging scanners without sedation, according to a review of studies. Autism
  • Researchers have found 15 unique variants of the gene AGO1 in people with intellectual disability. Journal of Medical Genetics
  • Screening for autism among children who are receiving early-intervention services increases autism diagnoses and reduces long-standing disparities for Spanish-speaking families. JAMA Pediatrics
  • Some rare genetic variants may influence how well autistic people respond to social-skills interventions. Autism Research

Science and society

  • Mice missing MYT1L — the same gene autistic teenager Jake Litvag lacks a copy of — are part of a new research program, funded in part by the Litvag family. Spectrum covered a study involving these mice in October. AP
  • Blood tests that screen pregnant women for genetic conditions are far less accurate for rare conditions such as Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes than for Down syndrome. Spectrum covered the pitfalls of prenatal testing for autism-related conditions in depth in 2019. The New York Times
  • Lauren Adamson, professor emerita at Georgia State University and an expert on children’s social communication and joint attention, has died. Twitter
  • A new reality TV show, “Leave It to Geege,” features a family with a minimally verbal autistic son. Disability Scoop

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