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Signs & Symptoms

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

June 2019
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News

Autism, attention deficit result in distinct mental health problems

by  /  6 June 2019

Adults with autism tend to have a different set of psychiatric conditions than do those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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News

Self-injury persists for years in boys with fragile X syndrome

by  /  5 June 2019

About half of boys and men with fragile X syndrome injure themselves — and continue to do so for years.

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News

Communication in brain shows sex difference in autism

by  /  3 June 2019

Autistic women show unusually strong connections, and autistic men unusually weak ones, between two brain regions.

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May 2019
News

Gut microbes from autistic children may alter behavior in mice

by  /  30 May 2019

Mice colonized with gut microbes from some autistic boys show behaviors like those of the boys.

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News

Autistic children may improve simply by participating in research

by  /  29 May 2019

Autistic infants who are enrolled in long-term studies may go on to have milder autism traits and better life skills than other children with the condition.

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Features / Deep Dive

How ‘social touch’ shapes autism traits

by  /  29 May 2019

Autistic people have unusual responses to ‘affective touch,’ which conveys social and emotional information. Their responses may reveal how autism begins.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Signs of psychosis in people with autism warrant serious concern

by ,  /  28 May 2019

Many young autistic people with signs of emerging psychosis go without appropriate care.

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Week of MayMay
20th
2019
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 20 May 2019

by  /  23 May 2019

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 20 May.

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News

Drug may deliver ‘ecstasy’ of social interactions to autistic people

by  /  23 May 2019

The ability to learn from social experiences wanes by adulthood, at least in mice — but the recreational drug ecstasy may bring it back.

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Nerves that control heart rate may be offbeat in autistic adults

by  /  17 May 2019

Adults with autism have a resting heartbeat that rarely varies in frequency, a tendency that may explain some aspects of the condition.

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