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Tag: regression

January 2014

Molecular mechanisms: Reward affects motor function in Rett

by  /  10 January 2014

The motor problems seen in Rett syndrome may be the result of deficits in a reward pathway in the striatum, according to a study published 12 November in Brain Structure and Function. 


Skill lag and loss common in children with autism

by  /  7 January 2014

Children with autism develop interactive skills late and many lose at least one skill by 3 years of age, says a study published in November.

August 2013

Risk of epilepsy in autism tied to age, intelligence

by  /  19 August 2013

Children with autism who are older than 13 years and have low intelligence are at the greatest risk of having epilepsy, according to one of the largest epidemiological studies on the issue to date, published 4 July in PLoS One.

July 2013

Study catalogs features of Phelan-McDermid syndrome

by  /  11 July 2013

The majority of people lacking a functional copy of the SHANK3 gene have both autism and severe intellectual disability, according to a study published 11 June in Molecular Autism.

June 2013

Regression in Rett syndrome may inform autism

by  /  18 June 2013

Studying regression in Rett syndrome may help us understand the phenomenon in autism, as it occurs at the same time in both disorders and includes many of the same features, says Jeffrey Neul.

April 2013

Clinical research: Rett symptoms emerge early, gradually

by  /  12 April 2013

The onset of Rett syndrome, which is marked by the sudden loss of speech and motor skills, is more gradual than previously believed, according to two studies published in the past few months.

January 2013

Why crowdsourcing is not just for Wikipedia

by ,  /  22 January 2013

Crowdsourcing allows volunteers to become citizen scientists, archivists and journalists. Ventures such as the Interactive Autism Network can harness their power to advance autism research, say Paul Law and Cheryl Cohen.

October 2012

Mouse model links autism risk gene to mitochondria

by  /  11 October 2012

A new mouse model provides the first molecular link between the known autism risk gene PTEN and the mitochondrial dysfunction sometimes seen in the disorder. Mice with half the normal amount of PTEN protein in their brains have social deficits reminiscent of autism and faulty mitochondria, according to a study published 10 August in PLoS One.

September 2012

Genetics: Early seizures define Rett-like syndrome

by  /  28 September 2012

Mutations in the CDKL5 gene lead to developmental delay starting at birth, seizures that begin before 3 months of age, and subtly atypical facial features, according to a study published 8 August in the European Journal of Human Genetics.


Regression may mark one-third of autism cases

by  /  27 September 2012

About one in three children with autism abruptly lose language, social or other developmental skills in their second year of life, according to a meta-analysis published 2 August in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.