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September 2019
pregnant woman having blood test taken from finger

Anemia in pregnant woman may alter child’s brain development

by  /  20 September 2019

Being anemic while pregnant may increase a woman’s chance of having a child with intellectual disability, autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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synapse populations analysis--micrograph shows neurons in green in colorful network

How studying sleep in animals could unearth autism’s roots

by  /  3 September 2019

Sleep problems may contribute to autism’s underlying biology — a connection that scientists can study in animal models.

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August 2019
calendar showing busy ABA schedule with child's frustrated scribbles on top

How much behavioral therapy does an autistic child need?

by  /  27 August 2019

People tend to believe that, regardless of the treatment, more is always better. But is it?

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Portrait of scientist Alysson Muotri

Autism researcher Alysson Muotri’s audacious plans for brain organoids

by  /  12 August 2019

Alysson Muotri aims to build a ‘thinking’ brain as a model for autism — even if his colleagues consider that work controversial.

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July 2019
Mobile with objects like earbuds, ears, eyes and black and white striped disk hanging

We need precise measurements of sensory traits related to autism

by  /  30 July 2019

Separating sensitivity to sensory stimuli from the response to the stimuli may help scientists understand the root cause of sensory traits in autistic people.

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drawing shows organized lab on left, and the disorder of daily life and community services on the right.

Community delivery of autism therapies lags far behind evidence

by  /  23 July 2019

Most community clinicians do not deliver care that is in line with the latest evidence — and they are not improving over time.

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For autistic children, emotional problems may hinder social success

by ,  /  16 July 2019

Although many children with autism want to engage with peers, their emotional difficulties often get in the way of their relationships.

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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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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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June 2019
Illustration shows variety of stimming behaviors: hand flapping, muttering, rocking, doodling.

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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