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How the social hormone vasopressin might help autistic people

by  /  9 July 2019

A drug that mimics the hormone vasopressin improves social skills in autistic people — but so does one that blocks vasopressin’s effects. How can seemingly opposing manipulations produce similar results?

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June 2019
Illustration shows variety of stimming behaviors: hand flapping, muttering, rocking, doodling.
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Stimming, therapeutic for autistic people, deserves acceptance

by  /  25 June 2019

Repetitive behaviors such as hand-flapping and spinning may give autistic people a sense of control; instead of discouraging these behaviors, therapists should address triggers upsetting to autistic people.

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primordial soup of ancient genes and single celled organisms
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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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May 2019
Illustration showing artist interpretation of experiencing psychosis
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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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Rising prevalence in Northern Ireland
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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.

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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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April 2019
Illustration of scientists trying to piece together a female head in marble
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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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Illustration of a child seen in front of cables, with matching cables in the brain area not fully connected
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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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human making connections
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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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