TOPIC

Signs & Symptoms

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

September 2019
synapse populations analysis--micrograph shows neurons in green in colorful network
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.

0 Comments
August 2019
Boy pointing out moving train window
News

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.

0 Comments
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.

0 Comments
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.

0 Comments
News

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.

0 Comments
News

Drugs that calm ‘touch neurons’ may ease autism traits

by  /  8 August 2019

An experimental drug that muffles the activity of neurons in the skin moderates heightened reactions to touch in six mouse models of autism.

0 Comments
young woman or girl sits alone on a window sill, in a sad posture.
News

Autistic women twice as likely as autistic men to attempt suicide

by  /  7 August 2019

People on the spectrum, and girls and women in particular, are at high risk of suicide; siblings of autistic people are also at heightened risk.

0 Comments
Mikle South shows off his soccer moves inside the MRI room
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Mikle South

by  /  6 August 2019

Mikle South spends his days teaching classes, studying the relationship between anxiety and autism, and coping with living in a conservative state.

0 Comments
News

Test of ‘preemptive’ autism therapy detects few benefits

by  /  5 August 2019

An experimental behavioral therapy delivered by parents does not improve autism traits in babies who screen positive for the condition.

0 Comments
July 2019
Boy on bed is weighed down by pressures and troubles
Features / Deep Dive

The deep emotional ties between depression and autism

by  /  31 July 2019

Autistic people are four times as likely to experience depression over the course of their lives as their neurotypical peers. Yet researchers know little about why, or how best to help.

0 Comments