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Signs & Symptoms

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

September 2019
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Chicken, crackers — and crayons: Autistic children’s unusual eating preferences

by  /  25 September 2019

Like their neurotypical peers, autistic children like to eat macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, French fries and hot dogs, but their list of favorites holds some surprises.

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Features / Deep Dive

Can preventing seizures alter the course of autism?

by  /  18 September 2019

Experimental surgeries to prevent seizures may help scientists understand the link between autism and epilepsy.

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Patterns in heart rate, pupil size may predict Rett syndrome

by  /  18 September 2019

Heart-rate patterns and changes in pupil size may herald Rett syndrome, autism or related conditions.

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Drug screen reveals potential treatments for Rett syndrome

by  /  11 September 2019

An experimental leukemia drug and a chemical in black pepper ease breathing and movement problems in a mouse model of Rett syndrome.

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Features / Deep Dive

Autism, through the eyes of a computer

by  /  4 September 2019

Autism traits are recorded predominantly by clinicians with their own subjective biases. Can technology do it better?

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How studying sleep in animals could unearth autism’s roots

by  /  3 September 2019

Sleep problems may contribute to autism’s underlying biology — a connection that scientists can study in animal models.

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August 2019
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Motor difficulties forecast language troubles in autism

by  /  26 August 2019

Children with autism who speak few words and have trouble manipulating objects tend to remain minimally verbal as they reach adulthood.

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Woman with autism hears social noise, but is soothed by the sounds of a lullaby
Opinion / Viewpoint

Brain-body connection may ease autistic people’s social problems

by  /  20 August 2019

An auditory therapy may improve autistic people’s emotional control and help them feel safe enough to engage with the world.

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News / Toolbox

Mouse squeaks may be poor analog for human speech

by  /  16 August 2019

The brain areas involved in mice’s ultrasonic vocalizations may not be the same as those that govern human speech.

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Patterns of DNA tags mark candidate genes for autism

by  /  15 August 2019

Children with autism who carry mutations in the chromosomal region 16p11.2 or the gene CHD8 — two of the leading risk factors for autism — show distinct patterns of chemical tags on their DNA.

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