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

January 2019
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Sensory, motor connections may be disrupted in autism brains

by  /  31 January 2019

Links between sensory and motor brain networks may be unusually weak in individuals with autism.

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Features / Deep Dive

Why genetic tests matter for autistic people

by  /  30 January 2019

Genetic tests for people with autism are far from routine and don’t always yield results, but the information they offer can change lives.

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Rat model of autism shows unusual brain growth at birth

by  /  30 January 2019

The brains of rats exposed in utero to the seizure drug valproate show a significant increase in brain size around the time of birth.

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Study strengthens autism’s curious link to gender variance

by  /  28 January 2019

Traits associated with autism and gender variance may co-occur even among typical children — a finding that may ease some of the skepticism about the overlap.

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Three spectrums, not one, may define autism

by  /  24 January 2019

Three distinct categories of traits best characterize autism, according to a study of more than 6,000 children.

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Severe infections in childhood may boost chances of autism diagnosis

by  /  23 January 2019

Children who contract serious infections may have an increased likelihood of being diagnosed with autism.

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Sibling study bolsters genetic link between autism, attention deficit

by  /  21 January 2019

Children who have an older sibling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are at an increased risk of having autism. The reverse is also true.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Expliquer la résilience à l’autisme peut faire naître de nouvelles thérapies

by  /  18 January 2019

This article is also available in anglais. Il y a quelques années la mère d’un jeune autiste m’a téléphoné. Elle venait d’apprendre que son fils, qui était dans la vingtaine, avait une délétion de SHANK3, l’un des gènes qui, d’après les découvertes de mon équipe, subit une mutation chez certaines personnes autistes. Cette nouvelle m’a […]

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Study recasts cerebellum as key player in social reward

by  /  17 January 2019

The cerebellum, a brain region primarily associated with movement, may mediate the pleasure that comes from socializing.

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Gut microbes may treat social difficulties in autism mice

by  /  16 January 2019

Consuming Lactobacillus reuteri, a gut microbe found in yogurt and breast milk, may enhance social interactions in three mouse models of autism.

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