Cardiac activity could reveal autism’s physiology and confirm a hunch many clinicians share: that people with autism experience great stress.
Like their neurotypical peers, autistic children like to eat macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, French fries and hot dogs, but their list of favorites holds some surprises.
An experimental drug that muffles the activity of neurons in the skin moderates heightened reactions to touch in six mouse models of autism.
Separating sensitivity to sensory stimuli from the response to the stimuli may help scientists understand the root cause of sensory traits in autistic people.
The brains of some autistic children may not adapt to repeated touch or sound, even after several minutes.
Children with mutations either in CHD8 — a top autism gene — or in genes that CHD8 controls share similar characteristics.
Autistic infants who have extreme responses to sights, sounds or textures tend to harm themselves as toddlers.