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May 2013

Cognition and behavior: Social deficits may develop in utero

by  /  3 May 2013

Exposure to immune factors during gestation may account for the social deficits seen in a mouse model of autism, according to a study published 15 May in the Journal of Neuroimmunology. Fetuses of a normal mouse strain develop the same social deficits when exposed to the immune factors.

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Identity of autism-linked maternal antibodies revealed

by  /  2 May 2013

Researchers have identified six fetal brain proteins that bind to maternal antibodies, which are thought to trigger changes to the fetal brain and raise the risk of autism. They presented their findings today at the International Meeting for Autism Research in San Sebastián, Spain.

April 2013

Clinical research: Short test finds autism traits in families

by  /  26 April 2013

A 36-question survey detects features of autism in as much as 23 percent of parents of children with autism and 9 percent of control parents, researchers reported 20 February in Autism Research.

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Video game device detects repetitive behavior

by  /  10 April 2013

Researchers have adapted a motion-sensing video game controller to detect repetitive movements that are characteristic of autism, according to a preliminary study published in the 2012 Conference Proceedings – IEEE Engineering Medical Biological Society.

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Matthew Goodwin: Bridging disciplines for autism care

by  /  8 April 2013

Matthew Goodwin aims to use wearable sensors and computational techniques to help scientists understand hand flapping and other behaviors in children with autism.

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Mice sniff out social deficits in their own kind

by  /  3 April 2013

To define appropriate social behavior for mice, which are often used as laboratory models of human social disorders, it may be best to ask the mice. This is the basis of a new assay for mouse social deficits, published 21 February in Autism Research.


Genetics: Rare mutation linked to autism, psychosis

by  /  2 April 2013

A boy with a rare deletion in chromosome 3 was diagnosed with autism and psychotic symptoms by age 5, according to a case report published 26 February in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A. He is the second identified individual with this deletion who has these symptoms, which are exceedingly rare in combination.

March 2013

Adult advancement

by  /  29 March 2013

Adults with autism fare better now than they did in the 1960s, when scientists first began tracking outcomes, reports a perspective published in February’s World Psychiatry.


Clinical research: Risperidone boosts milk hormone

by  /  29 March 2013

Long-term treatment with risperidone — an antipsychotic approved to treat autism — may boost levels of prolactin, a hormone that stimulates milk production, according to a study published in December in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Risperidone use may also affect sexual function and lead to enlarged breasts in males, the study found.

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Valuable videos

by  /  12 March 2013

Systematic analysis of video clips is better than questionnaires are at assessing repetitive movements in children with autism, says Sylvie Goldman.