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Tag: intellectual disability

March 2020
Brain scans showing differences between those with TBR1 mutations and controls.

Mutations in top autism gene linked to changes in brain structure

by  /  4 March 2020

People with mutations in a gene called TBR1 have unusual features in several brain regions, along with autism traits and developmental delay.

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February 2020
Toddler is balancing with help from mom

Little-known gene tied to autism, developmental delay

by  /  28 February 2020

Rare mutations in a gene called BAZ2B are associated with various conditions of brain development, including autism.

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Young boy biting his fingernails, looking anxiously out the window.

Long-term study tracks persistence of self-harm in autistic people

by  /  21 February 2020

Autistic people who are hyperactive or have difficulty controlling their own impulses are the most likely to show ongoing self-injury.

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January 2020
Brain MRIs showing injured blood vessels

Study ties gene active in developing brain to autism

by  /  6 January 2020

Mutations in a gene called ZNF292 lead to a variety of developmental conditions, including autism and intellectual disability.

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December 2019
Illustration of a storefront with stem cell treatments

In case you missed them: Spectrum’s standout stories from 2019

by  /  23 December 2019

Here are seven Spectrum stories from this year that deserve a close look.

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variants across the genome are shown in a wheel shaped visualization

New database catalogs variants in autism genes

by  /  13 December 2019

A new database cross-checks study participants to avoid double-counting variants linked to autism genes.

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A woman's eye is scattered with light, tracking eye movement

Studies of gaze could improve diagnosis, treatment of autism

by  /  10 December 2019

Understanding how gaze differs in autistic people may help improve their lives.

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November 2019

Mutations in emerging autism gene tied to distinct traits

by  /  27 November 2019

People who have mutations in a gene called PHF21A tend to have a constellation of traits and conditions, including autism.

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Drug combination mutes sensitivity to noise in autism mice

by  /  25 November 2019

A mix of two drugs eases hypersensitivity to noise in mice missing an autism gene — offering the promise of a similar treatment for autistic people.

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Child hesitating in front of a giant eye showing areas of the brain, facial recognition and other connections related to sight.

Seeing connections between autism and blindness

by  /  12 November 2019

Autism is unusually common among people with congenital blindness, in part because the ability to see drives much of brain development.

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