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October 2014
Opinion

Study catches autism signs in ball skills

by  /  21 October 2014

Children with autism are more likely to have trouble catching a ball than their unaffected peers or those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Opinion

Studies struggle to pin down gender differences in autism

by  /  14 October 2014

Two new studies, both by reputable teams of researchers, report that there are no detectable differences between boys and girls with autism.

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Opinion

Restricted behaviors link autism, attention deficit

by ,  /  10 October 2014

Restricted behaviors in autism represent a genetic link with inattention and hyperactivity in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, say Tinca Polderman and Henrik Larsson.

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September 2014
News

New therapy shows promise for infants with signs of autism

by  /  25 September 2014

A new interaction-based therapy delivered by parents may improve behavior and language skills in infants with autism symptoms, suggests a small pilot study.

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Mouse lab test: the three chambered assay
Opinion / Viewpoint

Optimizing behavioral assays for mouse models of autism

by  /  23 September 2014

As the number of autism rodent models climbs, it is a good time for the field to step back and consider the best practices for assessing autism-like symptoms in rodents, says Jacqueline Crawley.

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News

Roots of language troubles, autism traits may diverge

by  /  15 September 2014

The genetic and environmental factors that underlie difficulties with language differ from those that influence other autism traits, according to a new study of more than 3,000 twin pairs. The study, published 2 August in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, suggests that difficulty with language is not a core symptom of autism.

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August 2014
News

Large genetic deletion leads to autism, but not always

by  /  21 August 2014

To characterize people who carry deletions in 16p11.2 and 15q13.3, genetic regions linked to autism, two studies published this summer looked in detail at dozens of people with either deletion. The studies found that deletions in these regions lead to diverse symptoms that only sometimes include autism. 

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Opinion

Repetitive behaviors disappear when autism does

by  /  12 August 2014

Individuals who shed their autism diagnosis as they grow up don’t just overcome their social deficits — they also cease to show restricted interests and repetitive behaviors.

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News

Signaling imbalance skews sensory responses in autism mice

by  /  11 August 2014

Mice modeling autism have trouble integrating different kinds of sensory information such as sight, sound and touch. A study published 31 July in Neuron reports that an imbalance between signals that calm neurons and those that excite them leads to these sensory problems.

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July 2014
Opinion

Remembering Lorna Wing (1928-2014)

by ,  /  15 July 2014

Lorna Wing, who died in June, was the modest, kind and thoughtful mother of a daughter with severe autism. She was also a towering figure in the history of autism research, and her contributions to our understanding of autism cannot be overestimated.

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