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Tag: intellectual disability

December 2016

Mutations in mitochondria genes may raise autism risk

by  /  22 December 2016

Some children with autism carry harmful mutations in the DNA found in mitochondria, the cell’s energy producers.

November 2016
chart of seasonal rates

Autism rates highest among babies conceived in winter

by  /  10 November 2016

Exposure to influenza and a lack of sunlight may drive the increased risk of autism.

October 2016

Many people harbor large mutations linked to autism

by  /  24 October 2016

DNA deletions and duplications tied to autism crop up in people without the condition, too.

boy reading book under covers with flashlight

Tests unmask key traits in people with intellectual disability

by  /  21 October 2016

A set of seven standard tests can accurately assess cognitive capacities in people with various types of intellectual disability.

September 2016

Loss, doubling of Rett gene produce similar brain glitch

by  /  15 September 2016

Mice with either too little or too much MeCP2, the gene mutated in Rett syndrome, show similar malfunctions in a learning and memory circuit.


Quick, cheap tests decode fragile X mutation

by  /  14 September 2016

An inexpensive new set of tests allows researchers to rapidly analyze the genetic glitch underlying fragile X syndrome.


Webinar: Maureen Durkin dissects the epidemiology of autism

 /  28 September 2016

Watch the complete replay of Maureen Durkin’s webinar, in which she discussed the epidemiology of autism and intellectual disability, including changes in the prevalence of each condition.


Words say little about cognitive abilities in autism

by  /  5 September 2016

Nearly half of children with autism who speak few or no words have cognitive skills that far exceed their verbal abilities.

Week of AugustAug

Clinton care; autism in Africa; gender grievance

by  /  2 September 2016

Hillary Clinton releases an expansive mental health care agenda; researchers call for autism research in sub-Saharan Africa; and a scientist alleges gender bias at the National Institutes of Health.

August 2016

Regression marks one in five autism cases, large study finds

by  /  17 August 2016

The first large population-based analysis of the prevalence of regression in autism reveals that it occurs in 20 percent of children with autism.