Tag: repetitive behavior

March 2016
News

Diagnostic tests for women with autism fall short

by  /  11 March 2016

Women with autism show fewer repetitive behaviors than men with the condition on a standard diagnostic test, leading to possible underdiagnoses.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

When a flair for reading is mistaken for autism

by  /  8 March 2016

Some children who read early or speak late are misdiagnosed with autism.

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February 2016
News

Uncertainty, anxiety each independently linked to autism

by  /  9 February 2016

Children with autism fear the unknown and react negatively when faced with unpredictable situations. This intolerance of uncertainty is closely tied to anxiety but may manifest independently.

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News

Repetitive behaviors augur developmental delays in autism

by  /  4 February 2016

Preschool-age children with autism who have severe repetitive behaviors and intensely restricted interests tend to lag intellectually and struggle with daily living skills later on.

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Features / Deep Dive

The brain’s secret gardeners

by  /  3 February 2016

Once thought merely to be specialized immune system cells, microglia now appear to be master landscapers of the developing brain.

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January 2016
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2016
News / Spotted

Misjudging monkeys; consoling voles; canine connection

by  /  29 January 2016

Headlines about “autistic monkeys” are missing the point, prairie voles show empathy, and dogs could offer clues to psychiatric conditions in people.

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News

Genetically modified monkeys show autism-like behaviors

by  /  27 January 2016

Monkeys with multiple copies of a gene called MeCP2 show behaviors reminiscent of autism, but some experts question the model’s value.

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News

Neighboring mutations in gene may spawn separate conditions

by  /  25 January 2016

Two seemingly similar mutations in the SHANK3 gene have divergent effects on the brain and behavior.

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December 2015
Features / Deep Dive

The missing generation

by  /  9 December 2015

Left to languish in psychiatric institutions or drugged for disorders they never had, many older adults with autism were neglected or forgotten for decades. Efforts to help them are finally underway.

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News

Sweeping study underscores autism’s overlap with obsessions

by  /  3 December 2015

The largest study of people with autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder to date adds to mounting evidence that the two conditions share genetic roots.

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