Tag: autism

March 2020
headshots of the four current democratic presidential candidates
Opinion / Cross Talk

Disability policies highlight major differences among U.S. presidential hopefuls

by ,  /  3 March 2020

Most of the top contenders for the U.S. Democratic presidential nomination have released comprehensive plans for disability policies.

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microscopic views of proteins
News

Alzheimer’s protein turns up as potential target for autism treatments

by  /  2 March 2020

Lowering the levels of a protein called tau, best known for its involvement in Alzheimer’s disease, improves behavior in two mouse models of autism.

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Older autistic adults may retain strong visual abilities

by  /  2 March 2020

Autistic adults may not experience the typical age-related decline in brain regions related to vision.

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February 2020
Week of FebruaryFeb
24th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Intellectual disability, chromosome 16, Greta Thunberg

by  /  28 February 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the 24 February.

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Toddler is balancing with help from mom
News

Little-known gene tied to autism, developmental delay

by  /  28 February 2020

Rare mutations in a gene called BAZ2B are associated with various conditions of brain development, including autism.

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Child sleeping in bed
News

Melatonin may ease autistic children’s sleep troubles

by  /  27 February 2020

Melatonin appears to be safe for long-term use in autistic children who have difficulty sleeping.

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54% of autistic mothers report that professionals involved with their children often don’t believe them, compared with 31% of neurotypical mothers. 41% of autistic mothers feel that agencies do not support them sufficiently when they ask for parenting help. 68% of neurotypical mothers feel they can turn to others for parenting support. Only 41% of autistic mothers feel the same. 44% of autistic mothers report having anxiety that affects their ability to communicate, compared with 6% of neurotypical mothers. 38% of autistic mothers rarely or never disclose their autism diagnosis to professionals when talking about their children. 94% of neurotypical mothers say they can cope with parental multitasking. Only 51% of autistic mothers say the same. 85% of neurotypical mothers say they can cope with all the domestic responsibilities of parenting compared with 47% of autistic mothers. Autistic mothers do not differ from neurotypical mothers in putting their children’s needs above their own.
News

Why autistic mothers may feel overwhelmed and undersupported

by  /  26 February 2020

Autistic mothers report having more anxiety and depression than neurotypical mothers do.

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Brain organoid cells look different than those in embryonic brain tissue-grid of six images show growth of both types over time.
News / Toolbox

Cell stress may sap organoids’ usefulness in autism research

by  /  26 February 2020

Some cells in brain organoids — 3D clusters of cultured brain cells — fail to develop fully.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How normative modeling can reframe autism’s heterogeneity

by ,  /  25 February 2020

Normative modeling could capture variability among autistic people and allow for individualized assessments.

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Young black man in inpatient psychiatric care facility
News

Study points to racial disparities among hospitalized autistic children

by  /  24 February 2020

Black children with autism who are hospitalized for psychiatric problems are more impaired than their white peers. Socioeconomic factors may explain the difference.

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