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June 2013
News

Researchers reveal obsession circuits in the brain

by  /  27 June 2013

Researchers can shut down or trigger compulsive behaviors in mice by using light to target certain brain circuits, according to two studies published 7 June in Science.

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Regression in Rett syndrome may inform autism

by  /  18 June 2013

Studying regression in Rett syndrome may help us understand the phenomenon in autism, as it occurs at the same time in both disorders and includes many of the same features, says Jeffrey Neul.
 

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Opinion

Minority outreach

by  /  4 June 2013

Many obstacles line the road to early diagnosis and treatment for children with autism, especially for immigrant families, says a study published in May.

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News

Mouse model mimics mosaic mutation in tuberous sclerosis

by  /  3 June 2013

Deleting both copies of a gene linked to tuberous sclerosis complex, an autism-related disorder, in only a subset of brain cells recapitulates many of the disorder’s symptoms in mice, according to a study published 9 May in Neuron.

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May 2013
Opinion / Viewpoint

Adjusting diagnostic tests for the DSM-5

by  /  30 May 2013

As clinicians adopt the new criteria for autism, the many tests now used to diagnose the disorder may need to be modified, says Amy Esler.
 

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Despite fears, DSM-5 is a step forward

by  /  30 May 2013

There is little to fear in the definition of autism in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and a lot to recommend it, says Simon Baron-Cohen.

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Opinion

DSM-5 redefines autism

by  /  21 May 2013

On Saturday, the American Psychiatric Association released the DSM-5, the long-awaited new version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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News

Molecular mechanisms: Mice link brain region to autism

by  /  21 May 2013

A strain of mice with autism-like behaviors is missing a corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fibers that connects the two hemispheres of the brain. Two studies published this month investigate the link between these two features.

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Twin study finds epigenetic imprint of autism traits

by  /  16 May 2013

Epigenetics, or the chemical markings on DNA that affect gene expression, plays a role in some cases of autism, according to a study of 50 identical twins published 23 April in Molecular Psychiatry.

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Clinical research: Quiet autism toddlers may learn to talk

by  /  10 May 2013

Most children with autism who have language delay at age 4 are able to speak later in childhood, according to a study published in the April issue of Pediatrics.

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