Tag: autism

January 2020
Two twin girls wearing blue kneeling down on the ground.
News

Early life experiences may shift severity of autism

by  /  17 January 2020

A child’s environment exerts a strong influence on the severity of her autism, a study of identical twins suggests.

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Genetic tests of sperm may forecast odds of autism in children

by  /  16 January 2020

Some men who have an autistic child carry mutations linked to the condition only in their sperm.

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Studies find thin evidence for early autism therapies

by  /  15 January 2020

Few of the most popular early treatments for autism are supported by strong evidence, according to two new studies.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How the autonomic nervous system may govern anxiety in autism

by ,  /  14 January 2020

The branch of the nervous system that regulates subconscious bodily processes such as breathing and digestion may play a key role in autism.

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Variants linked to multiple conditions, including autism, tend to appear in genes that influence brain development, as shown in this chart in blue and grey.
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Autism may share inherited variants with other psychiatric conditions

by  /  13 January 2020

Some of the inherited variants implicated in autism also increase the odds of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 6 January 2020

by  /  10 January 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 6 January.

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People from Asia have high genetic diversity due to historical mixing with many ethnic groups, represented here by different colors. Each horizontal strip includes one more geographical region than the strip above it.
News / Toolbox

Catalog of Asia’s genetic diversity may aid search for autism variants

by  /  10 January 2020

A new resource details the genetic diversity of people in Asia and may shed light on genetic conditions such as autism.

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Autism’s genetic drivers may differ by sex

by  /  9 January 2020

Autism may stem from a different — and larger — set of genetic mutations in women than it does in men.

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PANDAS is a big category with elastic borders absorbing autism and Tourettes syndrome
Features / Deep Dive

How a controversial condition called PANDAS is gaining ground on autism

by  /  8 January 2020

Some scientists say an immune condition called PANDAS affects as many as 1 in 200 children who have traits similar to those of autism. But many experts contest that figure — and even the condition’s very existence.

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Fever’s immune effect on brain may ease autism traits

by  /  8 January 2020

An immune molecule produced during a fever improves sociability in three mouse models of autism.

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