Skip to main content

Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: intellectual disability

October 2018
Juan Pablo Quintero, Sara Quintero, Soledad Quintero, Rosario Quintero, Yeison Quintero, pose for a group portrait in Ricaurte, Valle del Cauca, on July 28, 2018.

Unlocking the secrets of fragile X in Colombia

by  /  10 October 2018

A remote Colombian town is home to the world’s largest cluster of people with fragile X syndrome. Scientists are learning from them — and trying to help.

Comments
DNA helix with two mutations glowing blue on the helices. Rebecca Horne

Study links subset of genetic variants to autism, intellectual disability

by  /  3 October 2018

Genetic variants across the genome contribute to about 8 percent of the risk for certain developmental conditions — much more than previously thought.

Comments
July 2018

Conditions that accompany autism, explained

by  /  25 July 2018

More than half of people on the spectrum have four to five other conditions. Which conditions, and how and when they appear, varies from one autistic person to the next.

Comments

Studies unveil hidden ties between epilepsy gene and autism

by  /  23 July 2018

Over the past year, HNRNPU, a gene well known for its link to epilepsy, has emerged as a new autism candidate.

Comments
Pregnant woman has her blood pressure taken.

Study ties autism to maternal high blood pressure, diabetes

by  /  18 July 2018

Children born to women who had diabetes or high blood pressure while pregnant may be at an increased risk of autism.

Comments

Mutations in chromosome 22 bring big risks, but only for some

by  /  16 July 2018

About 10 percent of people with a large mutation in chromosome 22 have autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or intellectual disability.

Comments
June 2018
Week of JuneJun
25th
2018

Smart genes; Neanderthal mini-brains; diabetes link and more

by  /  29 June 2018

Autism and intelligence share genetic variants, researchers grow Neanderthal mini-brains and see overlap with autism, and maternal diabetes is an autism risk factor.

Comments
Two young sons and one mother under a pedigree chart showing family.

Deep search reveals gene’s link to autism, intellectual disability

by  /  7 June 2018

Harmful mutations in a gene called NAA15 may lead to autism, intellectual disability and delayed speech and motor function.

Comments
May 2018
Boy examining string in the grass

Autism, developmental delay can have distinct genetic origins

by  /  11 May 2018

Mutations in certain genes contribute specifically to autism, and others only to developmental delay.

Comments

The DSM-5 has not improved services for autistic adults

by  /  9 May 2018

Since the DSM-5’s debut, schoolchildren have gained stronger legal rights and better opportunities for accessing services; for adults, it’s a different story.

Comments