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February 2013
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Clinical research: Oxytocin may improve quality of life

by  /  22 February 2013

People with autism who inhaled regular doses of the hormone oxytocin were better at recognizing others’ emotions and reported a higher quality of life than those who took a placebo, according to a small study published 5 December in Molecular Autism.

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Molecular mechanisms: Study links excess protein to autism

by  /  20 February 2013

Elevated levels of EIF4E, which plays a key role in protein synthesis, lead to autism-like behaviors and abnormal neuronal signaling in mice, according to a study published 17 January in Nature.

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Clinical research: MeCP2 duplication distinct from autism

by  /  13 February 2013

Most boys who have an extra copy of the MeCP2 gene have a diagnosis of autism, but their symptoms differ from those of classic autism, according to a study published 20 November in Autism Research.

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Cognition and behavior: Neurobeachin loss mimics autism

by  /  8 February 2013

Mice missing one copy of neurobeachin, an autism-linked gene that fine-tunes signals at neuronal junctions, show autism-like behaviors, according to a study set to be published in the March issue of Neurobiology of Disease.

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Genetics: Study pinpoints autism gene on chromosome 1

by  /  6 February 2013

Deletion of CHRM3, a gene on chromosome 1, leads to autism-like behaviors, according to a case study published 16 December in the European Journal of Medical Genetics.

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January 2013
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Cognition and behavior: Symmetry skewed in autism brains

by  /  30 January 2013

Teenagers with autism have an atypical balance between the right and left sides of the corpus callosum, which connects the two hemispheres of the brain, according to a study published 23 November in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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Clinical research: Women with Rett fare well over time

by  /  25 January 2013

As adult women who have Rett syndrome age, their general health and cognitive skills improve, but they continue to lose motor skills, according to the first long-term study of the syndrome, published 20 November in Clinical Genetics.

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Clinical research: Autism traits inherited in families

by  /  16 January 2013

Members of families that have multiple children with autism have more features of the disorder than do those from families that have only one child with autism, according to a study published 2 November in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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Molecular mechanisms: Immune soldiers elevated in autism

by  /  4 January 2013

Children with autism have higher levels than controls of dendritic cells, a subset of immune cells, according to a study published 11 October in Brain Behavior and Immunity.

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Cognition and behavior: ‘Baby sibs’ show repetitive motions

by  /  2 January 2013

Infant siblings of children with autism show more repetitive movements as 1-year-olds than do children who do not have a family history of the disorder, according to a study published 19 October in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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