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Signs & Symptoms

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

November 2019
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Seeing connections between autism and blindness

by  /  12 November 2019

Autism is unusually common among people with congenital blindness, in part because the ability to see drives much of brain development.

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Motor problems in autistic people may be grossly underestimated

by  /  4 November 2019

At least one in three autistic children has significant movement difficulties, according to a large study.

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October 2019
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Children with congenital heart defects have increased odds of autism

by  /  24 October 2019

Children who are born with mild heart problems are more likely to be autistic than their typical peers are.

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Drug counteracts effects of doubled autism gene

by  /  24 October 2019

An experimental drug tamps down the expression of a gene duplicated in an autism-related condition and restores typical behavior in mice.

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Rat model mimics communication problems in Angelman syndrome

by  /  23 October 2019

Rats missing UBE3A, the gene mutated in people with Angelman syndrome, squeak frequently but tend not to be responsive to the play and squeaks of other rats.

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Gene-edited marmosets may mimic Rett syndrome traits

by  /  23 October 2019

Researchers have used the gene-editing tool CRISPR to disable the MECP2 gene in marmoset embryos. The six such marmosets created seem to recapitulate aspects of Rett syndrome.

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Cesarean sections may leave young brains vulnerable to injury

by  /  22 October 2019

Delivery by cesarean section leads to subtle brain and behavioral alterations in mice, particularly those delivered prematurely.

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Monkey avatar may provide clues to face-processing problems in autism

by  /  22 October 2019

Researchers have created an animated monkey avatar that makes realistic facial expressions — and that may yield insight into how autistic people interpret facial expressions.

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Enlarged amygdala may forecast anxiety, depression in autistic children

by  /  22 October 2019

A tiny chunk of the brain’s emotion enter, the amygdala, is enlarged in some autistic children; the larger this piece, the more anxious and depressed the child is likely to be.

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The link between epilepsy and autism, explained

by  /  21 October 2019

Autism and epileptic seizures often go hand in hand. What explains the overlap, and what does it reveal about autism’s origins?

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