Tag: autism

March 2008
News

Virtual peers teach real-life skills

by  /  4 March 2008

For children with autism who have trouble interacting with their peers, virtual characters may be a way to improve language skills ― and perhaps more.

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Opinion

Unintended consequences

by  /  4 March 2008

Only 88.6 percent of children in the UK are immunized for mumps, measles and rubella, according to a rather dispiriting study released online last week in the British Medical Journal.

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Opinion

The social brain

by  /  4 March 2008

There’s a fascinating article about hyenas in the New York Times today.

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February 2008
Opinion

One gene, many diseases

by  /  28 February 2008

Could the same genetic factors that cause autism also be responsible for bipolar disease, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses?

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Opinion

Did Einstein have autism?

by  /  26 February 2008

Obsessive detail to certain topics, trouble communicating clearly, and poor social skills.

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News

Father’s advanced age feeds autism risk

by  /  25 February 2008

Are older fathers more likely to have children with autism? A series of epidemiological studies is giving credence to the idea, suggesting that, with age, sperm may accumulate damage that increases risk in the next generation.

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Opinion

Keeping sperm swimmingly healthy

by  /  20 February 2008

Earlier this week, I blogged about the risk of autism during pregnancy. But before anyone starts to blame mothers again, let me clarify that autism risk can also be affected by the fatherʼs health.

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News

Mouse models for autism debut

by  /  19 February 2008

Two research groups have achieved an elusive goal: producing mouse models that show distinct social and behavioral abnormalities reminiscent of autism.

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Opinion

A pregnant path to autism

by  /  18 February 2008

In some pregnant women, antibodies intended to protect the mother from infection bind brain cells of the fetus, interfering with the fetus’ brain development and perhaps causing autism, according to a study in the March issue of Neurotoxicology.

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Opinion

Open access

by  /  14 February 2008

The day when scientific articles are all freely available online seems close at hand, all of a sudden.

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