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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: intellectual disability

March 2016

Autism’s history holds lessons for today’s researchers

by  /  14 March 2016

The authors of “Neurotribes” and “In a Different Key” urge scientists to question their biases and to translate their findings into tangible benefits for those on the spectrum.

December 2015

New database holds clues to severe end of autism spectrum

by  /  2 December 2015

A new collection stores genetic and behavioral information about children with autism in inpatient psychiatric units.

November 2015

Brain stimulation could ease memory problems in Rett syndrome

by  /  2 November 2015

Electrically stimulating a particular circuit in the brain shows promise for reversing symptoms of Rett syndrome, a disorder that shares features with autism.

October 2015

Double-dose mutation in language gene points to new syndrome

by  /  21 October 2015

Researchers have defined a new syndrome that results from carrying two mutated copies of CNTNAP2, a gene linked to autism.


Gender disparities in psychiatric conditions

by  /  19 October 2015

Autism is not the only brain disorder that is more common in one sex than in the other.


New clues connect chemical messenger to autism

by  /  16 October 2015

New evidence implicates the neurotransmitter glycine, which dampens brain signals, in autism.

September 2015

Over next decade, cost of autism could escalate sharply

by  /  21 September 2015

Autism will cost the U.S. $268 billion this year — a price expected to balloon to $461 billion by 2025.

June 2015

Enzyme’s discovery points to new approach for fragile X

by  /  16 June 2015

Researchers have discovered an enzyme that lowers brain levels of FMRP, the protein missing in people with fragile X syndrome. Blocking the enzyme may ease fragile X symptoms in people with the disorder who have low levels of FMRP and mild symptoms.


Subtle differences separate autism from fragile X syndrome

by  /  2 June 2015

The social deficits and repetitive behaviors seen in boys with fragile X syndrome seem to stem from their cognitive difficulties, rather than arising independently as they do in autism.

May 2015

Mathematical method may flag potential autism genes

by  /  20 May 2015

A new mathematical method confidently ranks genes based on their likely impact in a disorder. The approach may help researchers home in on important autism genes.