Tag: autism

February 2020
News

Large mutations may explain diverse outcomes from autism gene

by  /  24 February 2020

Deletions and duplications of long stretches of DNA may increase the likelihood of autism in people who have a mutation in a gene called PTEN.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
17th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Scientific jargon, savant social skills, impostor syndrome

by  /  21 February 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 17 February.

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News

Long-term study tracks persistence of self-harm in autistic people

by  /  21 February 2020

Autistic people who are hyperactive or have difficulty controlling their own impulses are the most likely to show ongoing self-injury.

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News

Verbal ability may predict age at autism diagnosis

by  /  20 February 2020

Girls with autism are diagnosed 1.5 years later, on average, than boys with the condition, perhaps because they tend to have stronger verbal skills.

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News / Toolbox

Machine learning flags ‘mosaic’ mutations that may contribute to autism

by  /  19 February 2020

A new technique detects rare mutations that occur in only a subset of the body’s cells.

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Features / Deep Dive

How aripiprazole’s promise for treating autism fell short

by  /  19 February 2020

Aripiprazole, marketed as Abilify, is widely thought to be safer than risperidone, the only other drug approved for use in autistic children. A decade’s worth of data suggests that is not true.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Why concern about facial recognition from brain scans is overblown

by  /  18 February 2020

Can brain scans, in the wrong hands, compromise research participants’ identity? The risk is minimal.

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News

Striatum, the brain’s reward hub, may drive core autism traits

by  /  17 February 2020

Associated primarily with its role in movement, the striatum may also influence the social difficulties of autistic people.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
10th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Neuronal interference, effects of trauma, sensory rooms

by  /  14 February 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 10 February.

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News

Intelligence, behavior shape adulthood for people with autism

by  /  14 February 2020

Adults with autism vary enormously in their quality of life, and two factors may explain most of this variation.

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