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Tag: repetitive behavior

February 2016
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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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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November 2015
News

Three sets of traits in siblings signal autism’s heritability

by  /  26 November 2015

A study of more than 2,500 families that have at least one child with autism has found three factors that predict autism symptoms in an unaffected sibling.

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Features / Deep Dive

Gut feeling: How microbes shape autism

by  /  18 November 2015

An unusual mix of bacteria may be to blame for the frequent gut problems in people with autism. New findings suggest they may also alter the mind.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Learning when to treat repetitive behaviors in autism

by ,  /  10 November 2015

Some restricted and repetitive behaviors may have hidden benefits for people with autism, so scientists should work to find a happy medium between acceptance and change.

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