Autism researchers and funding agencies should turn their attention to sleep in autism — and its many connections to health, mood and behavior.
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Music therapy proves ineffective for autism, brain structures differ with 16p11.2 duplications and deletions, and mice missing NLGN3 may influence the sociability of their littermates.
People with autism who have a mood disorder or sleep problems are more likely to be admitted to inpatient psychiatric units than those who do not have one of these other conditions.
The evidence linking autism and maternal infections grows, special neuron recipes are in development, a CRISPR pioneer envisions unicorns, and 23andMe delivers empathy data.
The fewer hours of sleep children with autism get, the more severe their features, according to a study of more than 2,700 children with the condition.
People with autism who have painful digestive issues or difficulties inhibiting their impulses are particularly prone to hurting themselves.
About one in four children with autism hit, scratch or otherwise hurt themselves, suggests an analysis of school and medical records for more than 8,000 children.
A DNA deletion linked to autism causes male mice, but not females, to have trouble falling asleep.