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

August 2018
electrode cap on a styrofoam head model.
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Multipart device monitors various senses in babies

by  /  17 August 2018

A new assemblage of tools precisely gauges a baby’s biological response to sights, sounds and tactile stimuli all at once.

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Lone teen walking downstairs into shadowy area of a school staircase hallway, other kids pass by together.
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The hidden danger of suicide in autism

by  /  8 August 2018

Many people with autism entertain thoughts of suicide and yet show few obvious signs of their distress. Some scientists are identifying risks — and solutions — unique to autistic individuals.

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Kids shoes in hallway showing one boy standing alone by a group.
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Rare duplication within chromosome 15 delivers relatively mild blow

by  /  7 August 2018

Children who have a rare extra copy of one segment on chromosome 15 have better cognitive abilities and daily living skills than those with a duplication that forms an extra chromosome.

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Signs of anxiety in infancy may foreshadow autism

by  /  6 August 2018

Fearfulness and shyness in babies and toddlers may predict features of autism at age 7.

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July 2018
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Reward-system differences may underlie multiple autism features

by  /  30 July 2018

The brain’s system for sensing pleasure and reward shows unusual activation patterns and an atypical structure in people with autism.

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Autistic children prone to food, skin and respiratory allergies

by  /  26 July 2018

Food allergies may be more than twice as common among autistic children as among their typical peers; boys with autism also tend to have skin and respiratory allergies.

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Mutations in chromosome 22 bring big risks, but only for some

by  /  16 July 2018

About 10 percent of people with a large mutation in chromosome 22 have autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or intellectual disability.

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Glowing capsule illuminates problems in gut

by  /  13 July 2018

An ingestible electronic capsule enables researchers to instantaneously detect molecules associated with gastrointestinal issues.

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EEG readouts, genetic data and other colorful streams of information go into a yellow box, and come out in a regular pattern on the other side.
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Can a computer diagnose autism?

by  /  11 July 2018

Machine-learning holds the promise to help clinicians spot autism sooner, but technical and ethical obstacles remain.

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Social problems common in autism raise risk of suicidal behavior

by  /  4 July 2018

Teenagers in the general population who have trouble with social communication are at double the risk of purposefully harming themselves with suicidal intentions than their peers.

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