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Signs & Symptoms

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

January 2019

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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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.


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.

Portrait of Damien Fair at OSHU

Rising Star: Damien Fair, never at rest

by  /  9 January 2019

Damien Fair has a knack for transforming obstacles into opportunities, a trait that has brought trailblazing discoveries and admiration from colleagues.


People with autism sometimes give ambiguous looks

by  /  2 January 2019

Autistic people have trouble making facial expressions appropriate to the circumstances.

Boy in hospital bed

Children with severe autism increasingly overlooked in research

by  /  2 January 2019

The proportion of studies that include people with a severe form of autism has fallen over the past three decades.

December 2018

Colombian cluster of fragile X may reveal insights into ‘premutation’

by  /  20 December 2018

Carriers of fragile X premutations in Ricaurte, Colombia, have more medical problems than carriers living elsewhere — and discovering why might yield treatments for the syndrome.

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Revealing autism’s hidden strengths

by  /  19 December 2018

Autistic people who have trouble speaking or moving often do poorly on standard tests of intelligence. Newer methods promise to uncover their abilities — and improve our understanding of autism itself.