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

March 2018
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Opinion

Many adults with autism also have depression

by , ,  /  7 March 2018

Nearly half of adults with autism will experience clinical depression in their lifetime, according to a new study.

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News

Low intelligence, repetitive actions tied to self-injury in autism

by  /  7 March 2018

People with autism who are admitted to the hospital for self-injury tend to have low intelligence quotients and severe repetitive behaviors.

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An picture to illustrate a ‘predictive coding’ theory of autism suggests that many of the condition’s hallmark traits occur when sensory input overrides expectation in the brain.
Features / Deep Dive

How autism may stem from problems with prediction

by  /  7 March 2018

A ‘predictive coding’ theory of autism suggests that many of the condition’s hallmark traits occur when sensory input overrides expectation in the brain.

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News

Parent training boosts language in nonverbal children with autism

by  /  1 March 2018

Children with autism who speak few or no words improve in their verbal abilities after their parents learn to engage them in conversation during play.

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February 2018
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News

Genetics underscores importance of motor deficits in autism

by  /  28 February 2018

Spontaneous mutations that impair proteins may lead to motor problems in children with autism.

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News

Checklist of abilities opens window onto lives of people with autism

by  /  26 February 2018

A new catalog may help clinicians evaluate the daily challenges people with autism face.

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News

Twist on gene-editing tool may speed studies of gene function

by  /  21 February 2018

Researchers have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to dial down a gene’s activity in select subtypes of neurons in mice.

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Features / Deep Dive

The costs of camouflaging autism

by  /  21 February 2018

Many girls hide their autism, sometimes evading diagnosis well into adulthood. These efforts can help women on the spectrum socially and professionally, but they can also do serious harm.

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News

Rats with autism mutation turn deaf ear to playful entreaties

by  /  20 February 2018

Male rats missing an autism candidate gene called SHANK3 spend less time sniffing, nuzzling and chasing their peers than controls do.

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Genes may partly account for difficulties in processing biological motion.
News

Movement perception, autism traits may share genetic roots

by  /  19 February 2018

The ability to identify human-like movements is rooted in genetics — and may share those origins with autism traits.

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