Tag: repetitive behavior

September 2017
Features / Deep Dive

A ‘cure’ for autism at any cost

by  /  20 September 2017

Scores of parents abandon mainstream autism treatments to pursue Son-Rise, an intense, expensive — and unproven — behavioral therapy.

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News

Fever eases behavioral problems in some children with autism

by  /  18 September 2017

About 17 percent of children with autism are calmer and more communicative than usual when they have a fever.

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August 2017
News

Mice made with CRISPR usher in new era of autism research

by  /  7 August 2017

Researchers have debuted two mouse models of autism made using the gene-editing tool CRISPR. Both strains lack one copy of CHD8, a gene with strong ties to autism.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Tendency to ‘freeze’ may be measurable feature of autism

by ,  /  1 August 2017

Many adolescents with autism experience catatonia, a quantifiable decline in motor ability.

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July 2017
News

Anxiety, seizures mark mice with extra copy of autism gene

by  /  31 July 2017

Mice with an extra copy of UBE3A, a gene linked to autism, have learning problems and anxiety, and are prone to seizures and fine-motor problems.

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News

Oxytocin spray boosts social skills in children with autism

by  /  10 July 2017

A small clinical trial shows that treatment with the hormone oxytocin improves social skills in some children with autism.

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News

Diabetes drug eases fragile X features in mice

by  /  3 July 2017

A drug used to treat type 2 diabetes reverses behavioral and brain abnormalities in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome.

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June 2017
News

Mutant monkeys mimic features of autism, Rett syndrome

by  /  19 June 2017

Monkeys with a mutation in the Rett syndrome gene, MeCP2, have social difficulties and repetitive behaviors.

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News

Maternal infection may alter neuronal signals, connections

by  /  9 June 2017

Pups born to pregnant mice infected with a mock virus are known to show changes in their immune system. These effects may in turn impair proper brain signaling, according to results presented Saturday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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May 2017
News

Altered circuit may underlie repetitive behaviors in autism

by  /  13 May 2017

A brain circuit that controls movement is altered in people with autism, a postmortem brain study suggests.

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