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Signs & Symptoms

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

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Gene repeats tied to autism may prevent anemia

by  /  9 December 2019
Extra copies of a gene called BOLA2 predispose people to autism and may protect against iron deficiency.
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Severity predicts autistic children’s ability to learn life skills

by  /  2 December 2019
How well autistic children perform daily-living tasks tracks with their language skills and autism traits.
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Mutations in emerging autism gene tied to distinct traits

by  /  27 November 2019
People who have mutations in a gene called PHF21A tend to have a constellation of traits and conditions, including autism.
November 2019
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Opinion / Viewpoint

Sensory troubles may yield key clues to autism’s origins

by  /  26 November 2019

Studies of the brain’s sensory system may provide unique insight into the brain mechanisms that underlie autism and could point to possible treatments.

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Rethinking repetitive behaviors in autism

by  /  25 November 2019

Autistic people have long maintained that repetitive behaviors are beneficial. Emerging evidence in support of this idea is shaping new therapies.

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One in five autistic adults may have an anxiety disorder

by  /  21 November 2019

Adults with autism are more than twice as likely as neurotypical people to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

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Vitamin D linked to lowered autism risk in large study

by  /  20 November 2019

Children born with high blood levels of vitamin D have 25 percent decreased odds of autism compared with those born with low levels.

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Mutations in cancer gene tied to unique autism traits

by  /  14 November 2019

Autistic people who carry mutations in a gene called PTEN have distinct behavioral and motor problems.

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Autistic children disproportionately affected by chronic pain

by  /  13 November 2019

Children with autism are about twice as likely as their typical peers to experience chronic or repeated pain.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Seeing connections between autism and blindness

by  /  12 November 2019

Autism is unusually common among people with congenital blindness, in part because the ability to see drives much of brain development.

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Motor problems in autistic people may be grossly underestimated

by  /  4 November 2019

At least one in three autistic children has significant movement difficulties, according to a large study.

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Children with congenital heart defects have increased odds of autism

by  /  24 October 2019

Children who are born with mild heart problems are more likely to be autistic than their typical peers are.

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Drug counteracts effects of doubled autism gene

by  /  24 October 2019

An experimental drug tamps down the expression of a gene duplicated in an autism-related condition and restores typical behavior in mice.

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