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Signs & Symptoms

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

March 2018
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News

Race, income, education alter accuracy of autism screen

by  /  28 March 2018

Customized cutoff scores could boost the accuracy of a popular autism screen in certain populations.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Explaining ‘resilience’ in autism may seed new therapies

by  /  27 March 2018

Some individuals who have autism mutations show no signs of the condition; understanding why may lead to treatments.

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News

Attention deficit disorder, autism share cognitive problems

by  /  22 March 2018

Children with autism may have many of the cognitive difficulties seen in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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News

‘Outmoded’ mouse models of autism may still yield new advances

by  /  21 March 2018

Many researchers question the value of three early mouse models of autism, but the models have their staunch supporters.

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What to watch for when analyzing mouse behavior

by  /  21 March 2018

Many tests for unusual behavior in mice are prone to operator error. Here’s how to avoid common traps.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Why we need a mouse version of a diagnostic test for autism

by ,  /  21 March 2018

Researchers have developed behavioral measures that can accurately diagnose autism in people; these lessons can and should be applied to mice.

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Features / Deep Dive

Why studying autism in mice may be doomed to fail

by  /  21 March 2018

After more than a decade of effort, scientists are questioning whether mouse models of autism can ever capture the social deficits seen in people with the condition.

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News

‘Syntax’ of mouse behavior may speak volumes about autism

by  /  21 March 2018

An algorithm that decodes and quantifies mouse body language could reveal the brain circuits underlying certain autism features.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

‘Outdated’ mouse model exposes key disruptions in autism brain

by  /  21 March 2018

A mouse model based on exposure to an epilepsy drug offers a useful window into the brain circuits altered in autism.

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News

‘Founder effect’ may have fueled fragile X cluster in Colombian town

by  /  19 March 2018

A semirural Colombian town called Ricaurte is home to the largest recorded genetic cluster of people with mutations linked to fragile X syndrome.

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