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October 2018
A woman stands at an ATM in a mall scene, looking at a camera
Features / Deep Dive

How virtual reality is transforming autism studies

by  /  24 October 2018

Researchers and autistic artists exploring virtual reality to study, treat and simulate autism traits.

Portrait of Stelios Georgiades.
Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Stelios Georgiades explores heterogeneity in autism over time

17 October 2018

Watch the complete replay of Stelios Georgiades discussing a model for predicting trajectories in children with autism.

Two female children playing with blocks, one is crying, the other is facing away.

Siblings of children with autism have social, emotional problems

by  /  11 October 2018

Even undiagnosed siblings of children with autism tend to struggle with anxiety, depression and social difficulties.

Illustration shows two people communicating, word bubble above head show that one person is getting less information.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Separate thinking skills underlie autism, attention deficit

by  /  2 October 2018

Theory of mind difficulties are likely to be more central to autism than to attention deficit hyperactive disorder, whereas executive function problems are more often associated with the latter.

September 2018
Two zebrafish swimming.
News / Toolbox

Blind dates for zebrafish reveal ‘social’ cells in brain

by  /  21 September 2018

A new behavioral test in zebrafish may help researchers zero in on the biology of social interactions.

August 2018
One gray mouse sniffs another in an enclosure.

Study revives serotonin as target for autism treatments

by  /  8 August 2018

Boosting the levels of the chemical messenger serotonin makes mice that model autism more social — and brings new hope to a shelved theory in autism.

July 2018

Skepticism surrounds autism drug given ‘fast track’ for approval

by  /  25 July 2018

In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration guaranteed an experimental autism drug a speedy review for approval, but some scientists are skeptical of the drug’s potential.

Teen girl sits on stairs, alone, downcast.

Social problems common in autism raise risk of suicidal behavior

by  /  4 July 2018

Teenagers in the general population who have trouble with social communication are at double the risk of purposefully harming themselves with suicidal intentions than their peers.

June 2018
Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Lactobacillus reuteri. Lactobacillus reuteri, a probiotic bacterium, is found in breast milk and the human gastrointestinal tract. It is also found in cattle, pigs, chickens, turkeys, mice, hamsters, gerbils, ostriches and rats. This Lactobacillus produces reuterin which suppresses pathogens in the guts.

Autism mutation alters balance of gut bacteria in mice

by  /  28 June 2018

Mice with a mutation in a top autism gene may have altered levels of certain gut bacteria; feeding the mice one of these bacterial species eases some of their troubles.

Mom holding crying toddler
News / Toolbox

New parent surveys expand autism screening to infants, minorities

by  /  22 June 2018

Two new parent questionnaires could help clinicians identify autism in babies and in members of racial or ethnic minority groups.