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Diagnosis

Diagnosing autism is an evolving science but a crucial first step to understanding the disorder.

February 2011
News

Brain expands too fast, shrinks too soon in autism

by  /  7 February 2011

The brains of people with autism show three distinct periods of abnormal development — overgrowth in infancy, prematurely arrested growth in childhood, and shrinking between adolescence and middle age — according to a study in Brain Research.

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Opinion

Future shock

by  /  2 February 2011

As genetic testing becomes routine, people are likely to face difficult choices about parenthood.

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News

Language comes later for siblings of children with autism

by  /  1 February 2011

Infant siblings of children with autism tend to lag behind their peers at the earliest stages of language development before catching up at around 12 months of age.

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January 2011
News

Risk of autism spikes for children of older men

by  /  28 January 2011

A man’s risk of fathering a child with autism begins to rise at age 30 and significantly increases after age 50, according to a report published online 30 November in Molecular Psychiatry.

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Opinion

Invisible people

by  /  27 January 2011

Autism is popularly viewed as a disorder of childhood, not old age, but that doesn’t mean senior citizens are unaffected.

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News

Cognition and behavior: Children with autism struggle to understand words

by  /  26 January 2011

Children with autism understand fewer words than their verbal ability would suggest, according to a study published in December in the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.

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Opinion

Public options

by  /  24 January 2011

As autism rates rise, so do health care costs for the disorder. Despite federal programs, some children with autism are falling through the cracks in the health care system.

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New drug rescues function in fragile X syndrome

by  /  20 January 2011

A new drug appears to relieve symptoms of fragile X syndrome by blocking the over-production of a key protein in a subset of people with the disorder, according to a 6 January study in Science Translational Medicine.

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Genetics: DNA duplications have far-reaching effects

by  /  17 January 2011

Copy number variations, or CNVs — duplications or deletions of DNA segments — can influence the expression of unrelated genes on the same chromosome, according to a study published in November in PLOS Biology.

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Researchers debut autism mouse model lacking SHANK3

by  /  17 January 2011

Scientists have created mice that carry mutations in SHANK3, one of the strongest candidate genes for autism. The animals have behavioral and neurobiological features reminiscent of autism, researchers reported 17 December in Molecular Autism.

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