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Beyond the bench: A conversation with Adam Guastella

by  /  11 June 2019

Clinical psychologist Adam Guastella is driven to develop treatments that work for all autistic people — and to throw birthday parties for a few of those people.

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Evolution of autism genes hints at their fundamental roles in body

by  /  4 June 2019
Genes associated with autism are ancient, and mutations in them have wide-ranging effects on the body, indicating their importance.
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Signs of psychosis in people with autism warrant serious concern

by ,  /  28 May 2019
Many young autistic people with signs of emerging psychosis go without appropriate care.
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Autistic people with intellectual disability often excluded in studies

by  /  21 May 2019
The lack of people with intellectual disability in studies of autism has a profound effect on our understanding of the condition.

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Rise in autism diagnoses in Northern Ireland highlights lack of support

by  /  14 May 2019

Autism’s prevalence in Northern Ireland is climbing, but government policies leave families unable to access the treatments they need.

Genome sequence. The pattern of bands represents the chemical sequence that forms the genetic code for a section of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). The DNA sample was cut into fragments by an enzyme. These fragments were then placed into a gel in the petri dish and separated by electrophoresis, the application of an electric charge. DNA sequencing is used in forensic science, medical research and genealogy.
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Repairing racial inequality in genetic research

by ,  /  10 May 2019

To boost the participation of marginalized communities in genetic studies, doctors must first win back their trust.

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Clinicians should consider off-label treatments for autism

by  /  7 May 2019

Clinicians need a more consistent and evidence-based approach to prescribing antipsychotics to children and adolescents with autism.

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Dutch project aims to raise awareness of autism in women

by  /  30 April 2019

A new network in the Netherlands is focused on problems and solutions specific to autistic girls and women.

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Families need guidance before buying a communication app for autism

by  /  23 April 2019

The popularity of mobile devices offers families the promise of communication with their autistic child, but success is more than a click away.

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Beyond the bench: A conversation with Lilia Iakoucheva

by  /  16 April 2019

Lilia Iakoucheva spends her days running outdoors and solving the molecular complexities of autism, sometimes at the same time.

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Sharing genetic results can advance autism science, medical care

by ,  /  9 April 2019

People with autism and their families can be important partners in understanding the genetics of autism by agreeing to share their genetic data.

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Quantitative tests of motor skills could improve autism care

by  /  2 April 2019

New assessments of the subtle motor difficulties that characterize autism could improve autistic children’s lives and teach us a lot about the condition.

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In quest for autism biomarkers, this technique has magnetic appeal

by  /  26 March 2019

To find biological markers of autism, scientists would be wise to measure the brain’s electrical activity along with the resulting magnetic fields.

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Hearing problems hint at potential for early autism screening

by  /  19 March 2019

Difficulties hearing and processing sounds are common in autism and may originate in the brainstem — offering the possibility of an inexpensive screen for the condition.

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