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October 2013
Opinion / Viewpoint

Robust models

by  /  11 October 2013

Rodent models that recapitulate the core features of autism often have additional traits, leading us to ask whether these traits are integral to autism, says Elisa Hill-Yardin.

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News

Mother’s immune response triggers odd behavior in monkeys

by  /  7 October 2013

Triggering immune defenses in pregnant monkeys can lead to repetitive behaviors and social problems in their babies, according to a study published 4 September in Biological Psychiatry.

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News / Toolbox

New behavioral test uncovers autism mouse’s stubbornness

by  /  2 October 2013

Researchers have developed a new test that reveals complex repetitive behaviors in BTBR mice, a mouse strain with features resembling those of autism, according to a study published 27 August in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods.

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September 2013
Opinion

Revealing records

by  /  24 September 2013

Despite a sizable overlap in symptoms and medications, autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia each has a defining signature. The findings are based on an analysis of electronic medical records from California hospitals, published 16 August.

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Opinion

World of drugs

by  /  20 September 2013

The most popular drugs prescribed for autism in some countries often have serious side effects or have not been vetted in robust clinical trials, finds a study published 5 September in Psychopharmacology.

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News / Toolbox

Rett syndrome mutation alters motor function in zebrafish

by  /  18 September 2013

Mutating MeCP2, the gene linked to Rett syndrome, in zebrafish allows researchers to investigate the disorder early in development, according to a study published 16 July in Frontiers in Neural Circuits.

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Opinion

Risky gamble

by  /  3 September 2013

Children with autism struggle to understand their own card-game strategies, suggesting that they learn differently than controls do, reports a study published 24 July in Autism Research.

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August 2013
Opinion

Negative result

by  /  30 August 2013

Oxytocin may well have established its reputation as the ‘social hormone’ in the popular imagination, but it has no effect on symptoms in children with autism, according to a study published 26 July in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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Cognition and behavior: Fun cage calms autism mouse model

by  /  30 August 2013

Spending a month in a stimulating cage filled with wheels and toys alleviates repetitive grooming in a mouse model of autism, according to a study published 28 June in Autism Research.

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Opinion

Predicting psychosis

by  /  27 August 2013

A new study fans the flames of a link between autism and schizophrenia, finding that children with autism are at a three-fold greater risk of psychotic episodes in their teen years than their typically developing peers.

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