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December 2011

Clinical research: Cancer drug could treat Angelman syndrome

by  /  21 December 2011

A cancer drug shows promise as a treatment for Angelman syndrome, according to a study published today in Nature.


Clinical research: Autism, SLI are distinct on brain scans

by  /  13 December 2011

Individuals with autism and those with specific language impairment have similar language deficits, but show differences in connectivity between language-related regions on structural brain scans, according to a study published 2 November in Cerebral Cortex.


Cognition and behavior: Language gene alters brain activity

by  /  7 December 2011

Individuals with autism-linked variants of a language gene use regions in the brain’s right hemisphere, rather than the left, to process language, according to a study published 10 October in The American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B.


Genetics: Small DNA region implicated in autism

by  /  6 December 2011

Duplication or deletion of four genes within a large chromosomal region linked to Angelman syndrome and autism could lead to developmental disability or language delay, according to a study published in the October issue of Human Genetics.

November 2011

Helen Tager-Flusberg: Decoding the language of autism

by  /  24 November 2011

The language deficit in autism is complex and diverse. With a no-nonsense and thoughtful approach, Helen Tager-Flusberg has devoted her career to sorting it all out.


Clinical research: Toddlers with autism larger than peers

by  /  23 November 2011

Toddlers with autism who have larger-than-normal heads are also taller and weigh more than controls, according to a study published in October in Archives of General Psychiatry.


Video: Birds do it for autism research

by  /  17 November 2011

Studying bird species such as the zebra finch can help researchers understand language difficulties in autism, Stephanie White told in a video interview at the 2011 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


Autism-linked protein plays role in zebra finch song

by  /  14 November 2011

Male zebra finches have high levels of contactin associated protein-like 2 (CNTNAP2), a protein that has been linked to autism and language disorders, in a key song-related area of their brains, according to unpublished research presented in a poster session Sunday at the 2011 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


Structure of language pathways differs in non-verbal autism

by  /  13 November 2011

Non-verbal children with autism show structural differences in key language areas of the brain compared with controls, according to a poster presented Saturday at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


Clinical research: Early therapy in autism yields big gains

by  /  11 November 2011

Children with autism who receive intensive behavioral interventions of various types show the most improvement on tests of social and communicative abilities, according to a study in the January-March 2012 issue of Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.