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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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Portrait of Stelios Georgiades.

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.
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letters and numbers made out of mice, MRIs and other materials.

For studies, size matters: Let us count the ways

by  /  17 October 2018
In autism research, as in other fields, small sample sizes can lead to false findings. The size of the sample needed for statistical significance depends on the type of study.
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Misfiring visual cells may underlie key sensory problem in fragile X

by  /  17 October 2018
The motion perception difficulties seen in people with fragile X syndrome, a leading cause of autism, may stem from a faulty visual circuit.
October 2018
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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.

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Fragile X syndrome’s link to autism, explained

by  /  10 October 2018

Fragile X syndrome is a leading genetic cause of autism. People who have either condition often share certain traits, such as difficulties in social situations.

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Overlap in traits of autism, attention deficit persists into adulthood

by  /  8 October 2018

Traits linked to autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder tend to co-occur even in adulthood.

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Modifier genes may enhance or diminish the effects of a mutation linked to autism.
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Second ‘hits’ may explain autism mutations’ varied effects

by  /  5 October 2018

People who have a mutation linked to autism plus a second genetic glitch tend to have more severe symptoms than those with the mutation alone.

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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.

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September 2018
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Features / Deep Dive

At the intersection of autism and trauma

by  /  26 September 2018

Autism and post-traumatic stress disorder share many traits, but the connection between them was largely overlooked until now.

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Children with autism have muted fear response

by  /  25 September 2018

Toddlers with autism show less fear when confronted with something scary than do typical children or those with developmental delay.

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Newly discovered aspects of fragile X spur next wave of drugs

by  /  24 September 2018

Many drugs for fragile X syndrome have failed in large clinical trials, but candidates that target new aspects of the condition may fare better.

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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.

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Autism in adults often accompanied by depression

by  /  19 September 2018

Depression is more than three times as common among adults with autism as it is in the general population.

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