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September 2014
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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News

Mouse study nails neurons that trigger repetitive behavior

by  /  10 July 2014

A “beautiful” new study traces a complex repetitive behavior in a mouse model of autism to a subset of neurons in one brain region.

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Opinion

Wealthy nations dole out big doses of autism drugs

by  /  8 July 2014

Doctors in European countries prescribe more medications to people with autism than do doctors in Asian countries, reports a study of 30 countries, published 3 June in Autism Research.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Robert Malenka discusses reward’s role in autism

23 July 2014

Watch the complete replay of Robert Malenka’s webinar on the molecular underpinnings of social reward.

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June 2014
News

Clinical research: Down syndrome, autism often coexist

by  /  27 June 2014

Nearly 40 percent of people with Down syndrome also meet the criteria for an autism spectrum disorder, suggests a U.K. study of nearly 500 children, published in Autism Research.

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News

Molecular mechanisms: Fragile X gene tied to cocaine effects

by  /  24 June 2014

The protein missing in fragile X syndrome is necessary for mice to respond to the stimulant cocaine, according to a study published 7 May in Neuron.

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