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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: intellectual disability

August 2016

Rare genetic condition may offer early glimpse of autism

by  /  10 August 2016

Children who have both tuberous sclerosis and autism have features nearly identical to those of children with autism alone.

July 2016

Questions for Nordahl, Mello: Scans for children with autism

by  /  19 July 2016

Techniques used in behavioral interventions could help scientists scan the brains of children who have both autism and intellectual disability.

May 2016

Analysis of syndrome weakens gene’s link to autism

by  /  20 May 2016

Mutations in an autism-linked gene called AUTS2 do not cause the condition’s core social features, according to the most comprehensive clinical portrait to date.

Illustration shows doctors in Libya looking at a city, with children standing in the foreground.

The gene hunters

by  /  18 May 2016

Criss-crossing the globe on a quest for unusual DNA, researchers have discovered a rare mutation that promises insights into both epilepsy and autism — and points to a treatment.


Disparities in autism diagnosis may harm minority groups

by  /  14 May 2016

Clinicians are underdiagnosing autism in children from low-income families and minority groups — setting back their potential to benefit from therapy.


Rare mutations in gene underlie new subtype of autism

by  /  6 May 2016

Mutations in a gene called POGZ lead to a constellation of traits, including a small head, developmental delay and, often, autism.

March 2016

U.S. stats show autism rate reaching possible plateau

by  /  31 March 2016

After a steady climb since 2000, the prevalence of autism among school-age children appears to have stalled at 1 in 68.


The measure of a life

by  /  30 March 2016

Terms such as ‘low-functioning’ often used to describe people with autism, are misleading and stigmatizing. Tracking people’s daily lives over time may offer a clearer picture of life with the condition.


Many toddlers with autism and low intelligence walk on time

by  /  25 March 2016

Most children who have both autism and intellectual disability take their first steps on time or earlier than those with other conditions.


New mice mimic genetic glitch seen in people with autism

by  /  18 March 2016

A third strain of mice carrying an autism-linked mutation captures the nuances of this structural mutation in people.