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Tag: intellectual disability

November 2018
Illustration shows long line of children waiting to see one doctor.

Why are there so few autism specialists?

by  /  21 November 2018

A lack of interest, training and pay may limit the supply of specialists best equipped to diagnose and treat children with autism.

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Tiny lad mouse on a gloved hand.

New mouse model shows brain effects of autism gene

by  /  4 November 2018

Mice lacking one copy of a gene linked to autism are small and show striking changes in the number and quality of their cries.

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October 2018

Book Review: A mother finds reward in risk

by  /  30 October 2018

In “The Boy Who Loved Too Much,” a woman tries to cocoon her son, who has Williams syndrome, from life’s insults but later realizes her protective instincts carry dangers of their own.

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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.

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Illustration of research mice forming the letter 'X'.

Fragile X syndrome’s link to autism, explained

by  /  10 October 2018

Fragile X syndrome is a leading genetic cause of autism. People who have either condition often share certain traits, such as difficulties in social situations.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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