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Tag: repetitive behavior

October 2015
Features / Deep Dive

Of mice and women

by  /  19 October 2015

A new government mandate requires researchers to include females in their animal studies — or explain why they don’t. What will this mean for autism research?

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News

In autism, brain responses to pain don’t match verbal ones

by  /  19 October 2015

People with autism show abnormal brain responses when a painfully hot object is placed against their skin.

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News

Prozac during pregnancy alters mouse pup behavior

by  /  19 October 2015

Pregnant mice exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine have pups with autism-like behavioral impairments.

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September 2015
News

Brain areas tied to repetitive behaviors may vary by sex

by  /  28 September 2015

Girls with autism may show fewer repetitive behaviors than boys because of structural differences in brain regions that control movement.

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News

Obesity takes heavy toll on children with autism

by  /  10 September 2015

Up to 40 percent of children with autism are overweight or obese, but there is no single risk factor and no easy solution to the problems this brings.

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News / Toolbox

Test of repetitive behaviors adapted for adults with autism

by  /  9 September 2015

A new questionnaire provides a standardized measure that allows researchers to reliably track repetitive and restricted behaviors over time.

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Features / Deep Dive

The children who leave autism behind

by  /  7 September 2015

Some children shed the symptoms of autism and eventually lose their diagnosis. What sets them apart?

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June 2015
News

Cell skeleton breakdown may spur autism symptoms in mice

by  /  15 June 2015

An autism-linked mutation in the SHANK3 gene alters the protein skeleton of mouse neurons. Repairing the scaffold eases the animals’ social deficits.

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News

Thick bridge of nerves may signal autism in infancy

by  /  4 June 2015

The bundle of nerves that connects the brain’s two hemispheres is abnormally thick in infants who are later diagnosed with autism. The broader the bundle, called the corpus callosum, the more severe a child’s symptoms.

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Opinion

Subtle differences separate autism from fragile X syndrome

by  /  2 June 2015

The social deficits and repetitive behaviors seen in boys with fragile X syndrome seem to stem from their cognitive difficulties, rather than arising independently as they do in autism.

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