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Signs & Symptoms

Autism’s core symptoms accompany a constellation of subtle signs that scientists are just beginning to unmask.

Opinion / Viewpoint
Woman with autism hears social noise, but is soothed by the sounds of a lullaby

Brain-body connection may ease autistic people’s social problems

by  /  20 August 2019
An auditory therapy may improve autistic people's emotional control and help them feel safe enough to engage with the world.
News / Toolbox

Mouse squeaks may be poor analog for human speech

by  /  16 August 2019
The brain areas involved in mice's ultrasonic vocalizations may not be the same as those that govern human speech.
News

Patterns of DNA tags mark candidate genes for autism

by  /  15 August 2019
Children with autism who carry mutations in the chromosomal region 16p11.2 or the gene CHD8 — two of the leading risk factors for autism — show distinct patterns of chemical tags on their DNA.
August 2019
News

Drugs that calm ‘touch neurons’ may ease autism traits

by  /  8 August 2019

An experimental drug that muffles the activity of neurons in the skin moderates heightened reactions to touch in six mouse models of autism.

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Autistic women twice as likely as autistic men to attempt suicide

by  /  7 August 2019

People on the spectrum, and girls and women in particular, are at high risk of suicide; siblings of autistic people are also at heightened risk.

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Mikle South shows off his soccer moves inside the MRI room
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Mikle South

by  /  6 August 2019

Mikle South spends his days teaching classes, studying the relationship between anxiety and autism, and coping with living in a conservative state.

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News

Test of ‘preemptive’ autism therapy detects few benefits

by  /  5 August 2019

An experimental behavioral therapy delivered by parents does not improve autism traits in babies who screen positive for the condition.

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July 2019
Boy on bed is weighed down by pressures and troubles
Features / Deep Dive

The deep emotional ties between depression and autism

by  /  31 July 2019

Autistic people are four times as likely to experience depression over the course of their lives as their neurotypical peers. Yet researchers know little about why, or how best to help.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

We need precise measurements of sensory traits related to autism

by  /  30 July 2019

Separating sensitivity to sensory stimuli from the response to the stimuli may help scientists understand the root cause of sensory traits in autistic people.

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Machine accepts chaotic data flow and puts it back out in an organized flow from the other side
Features / Deep Dive

Un ordinateur peut-il diagnostiquer l’autisme?

by  /  30 July 2019

L’apprentissage automatique (machine learning) présente une possibilité pour aider les cliniciens à repérer l'autisme plus tôt, mais des obstacles techniques et éthiques demeurent.

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News

Sensory overload in autism may stem from hypervigilant brain

by  /  29 July 2019

The brains of some autistic children may not adapt to repeated touch or sound, even after several minutes.

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For autistic adults, a hospital stay carries high risk of death

by  /  24 July 2019

Adults with autism are nearly 50 percent more likely to die in the hospital than their typical peers.

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Eye tracking reveals early communication problem in autistic children

by  /  18 July 2019

At 10 months of age, infants later diagnosed with autism show key differences in joint attention, a behavior in which two people focus on the same object or event.

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