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Signs & Symptoms

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

October 2019
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Features / Deep Dive

Getting at the heart of autism

by  /  9 October 2019

Cardiac activity could reveal autism’s physiology and confirm a hunch many clinicians share: that people with autism experience great stress.

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Language regression in autism tied to motor milestones

by  /  9 October 2019

Autistic children who lose words reach key milestones earlier than autistic children without language regression.

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Analysis pins down prevalence of mental health conditions in autism

by  /  7 October 2019

Eight mental health conditions occur unusually often in autistic people, a new analysis suggests.

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Testing gene therapy for autism in mice? Consider your controls

by  /  3 October 2019

Deleting the mutation from an autism gene may reverse some autism traits in mice, according to a new study. But the results may be a fluke.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Extreme male brain theory of autism rests on shaky ground

by  /  1 October 2019

New data linking autism to steroid levels in pregnant women are inconsistent with basic facts about the biochemistry of steroids.

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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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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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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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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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