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Among thousands of Danish adults diagnosed with autism after age 18, less than half were diagnosed with a psychiatric condition as children, a new study shows.The post Adult autism diagnoses don’t routinely follow other diagnoses in childhood appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Motor differences are more relevant than has historically been appreciated for understanding, assessing and supporting people on the spectrum.The post Motor skills in autism: A missed opportunity appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Oxytocin, cemented in the popular imagination as the “love molecule,” could serve as a treatment for some autistic people who naturally have low levels of the hormone, researchers say.The post The connection between oxytocin and autism, explained appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Autism may involve different levels of RNA isoforms encoded by genes in the brain, which express many more proteins than previously thought.The post Alternate RNA versions of genes may shape autism appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Over the past decade, researchers have looked for rare mutations found in people with autism but not in their neurotypical parents or siblings.
How chemical tags called methyl groups position themselves on genetic sequences may hint at some of the causes of autism.The post DNA methylation in autism, explained appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Genes that appear to play a role in some birds' ability to learn songs are frequently mutated in autistic people.The post Birdsong-related DNA sequences tied to autism-linked genes appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Use of the term ‘profound autism’ is among the recommendations made by a panel of autism researchers, clinicians, autistic adults and parents of autistic people.The post First-of-its-kind commission defines ‘profound autism,’ issues recommendations appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Undisclosed financial conflicts and a lack of proper clearance mar a new study that injected four autistic children with stem cells from their own bone marrow, independent experts say.The post Ethical issues cloud case report of unproven stem cell therapy for autism appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.…
Almost 60 percent of autistic people may have an average or above-average intelligence quotient, according to a new longitudinal study.The post Autism without intellectual impairments more common than previously reported appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Autism prevalence in the United States rose to 1 in 44 children in 2018, up from 1 in 54 in 2016.The post U.S. autism prevalence inches upward as racial gaps close appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Many autistic people have a little-known trait called alexithymia, defined as having difficulty identifying one's own emotions. New research suggests that the overlap has been confounding studies of emotional issues in people with autism for decades.The post How an understudied trait has skewed autism studies for decades appeared first on Spectrum …
Shafali Jeste has spent the bulk of her scientific career searching for biological markers of autism. Her goal: to improve lives through early diagnosis and speedy testing of therapies.The post Shafali Jeste: Early autism meets its match appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Rare variants that alter the expression of genes in the brain contribute to autism in people who also have a rare autism-linked mutation, according to a new study.The post Genetic effects stack up in some people with autism appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Many autistic children rate the therapy as less effective at treating their anxiety than their parents and clinicians do.The post Cognitive behavioral therapy may be only mildly effective for anxious, autistic children appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Activating certain receptors in the amygdala — a treatment that runs counter to a leading theory of what causes the condition — can reverse some traits in rats.The post Fragile X theory falters on amygdala test appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Cortical organoids that contain non-neuronal brain cells called microglia may reflect human neurodevelopment more faithfully than those that don’t.The post Including immune cells in brain organoids improves model’s accuracy appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Compared with a previous mouse strain, a new model better reflects some of the difficulties that people with a rare autism-related syndrome experience, and may help identify biomarkers of the syndrome.The post Sex bias emerges in new mouse model with autism-linked mutation appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.…
When scientists successfully partner with autistic people, the autistic community gains a voice in autism research, and the data are more reliable, experts say. Here’s how to build a successful collaboration.The post Six steps to engaging in participatory autism research appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.…
The percentage of Black researchers presenting at neuroscience conferences has increased by only a meager amount since the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020.The post Despite calls to action, Black scientists remain underrepresented at neuroscience meetings appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.…
Treating cognitive inflexibility — for example, by practicing problem-solving — might help ease anxiety and depression in autistic people.The post Inflexible thinking in adolescence linked to emotional, behavioral issues in adulthood appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
The algorithm estimates a child’s likelihood of having autism from patterns of co-occurring conditions in electronic health records, outperforming a widely used screening test.The post Deep-learning model may accurately predict autism diagnosis appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
The hormone is no better than placebo at boosting social behavior in autistic children, according to a new study, but it may still benefit a subset of people with the condition.The post Intranasal oxytocin ineffective for autism in large trial appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
A drug that helps promote gene expression reduces repetitive behaviors and improves memory and sociability in a mouse model of autism.The post Cancer drug alters autism-like traits in mice appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Autistic children from low-income families are diagnosed about eight months later than their wealthier peers, a new analysis of insurance claims in Virginia shows.The post Missed check-ups, delayed autism diagnoses among low-income children appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
After imposing a pause in November 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the way for a clinical trial of a gene therapy for Angelman syndrome.The post Paused Angelman syndrome trial to restart appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
The stubborn lack of treatments for fragile X syndrome — a leading cause of inherited intellectual disability and autism — is spurring researchers to revise clinical trial techniques and revisit old drug candidates.The post Finding a path forward for fragile X drugs appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.…
Social memory, which may be altered in autism, depends on serotonin-sensitive neurons that send signals from the medial septum to the hippocampus.The post Serotonin shapes social memory signals appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
The possibility of microbial treatments for autism has inspired a burst of research and nascent clinical trials, but new research suggests these efforts rest on shaky scientific ground.The post Despite flurry of findings, doubts dog gut microbes’ role in autism appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.…
Common and rare variants in or near autism-associated genes can have opposite effects on cognition.The post Autism-linked genetic variants increase, decrease intelligence appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Fallout over two recent studies highlights the potential power of social media to shape science, and the shifting dynamics between researchers and the autistic community.The post Backlash from autistic community pauses research, exposes communication gaps appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.…
Parallels between how birds learn to sing and how children learn to speak provide a window into the roots of language difficulties in autism.The post Tuning into bird songs for clues to autism appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
For 40 years, the preponderance of autism research has focused on understanding the causes and characteristics of the condition rather than testing assessments or interventions in community settings.The post Autism research continues to stress basic science over improving interventions appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.…
Autistic people have a higher-than-average chance of developing a neurodegenerative condition, according to a few studies. Some scientists are searching for proof — work that could also improve care for older autistic adults. The post "The search for a link between autism and neurodegenerative conditions appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research…
Some types of restricted and repetitive behaviors become more prevalent among autistic children and teenagers over time, depending on their age and intellectual ability, whereas others decrease. The post Repetitive behaviors wax and wane among autistic youth appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.…
Children born to people given an epidural during labor do not have an increased chance of having autism, according to two new studies.The post "No link between epidurals and autism, two studies confirm" appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News
Spontaneous genetic mutations contribute to autism in 30 to 39 percent of all people with the condition, and 52 to 67 percent of autistic children whose siblings do not also have the condition. The post "Analysis ups estimate of spontaneous mutations’ role in autism" appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News…
One of the most popular theories of autism’s origins suggests that the condition arises from a hyper-excitable brain. The post "The signaling imbalance theory of autism, explained" appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News
An advanced DNA-sequencing technique has identified gene-damaging mutations, some with ties to autism, in about 1 in 15 men. The post "Mutations linked to autism may be detectable in men’s sperm" appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News
Differences in social behavior are central to autism, and the roots of those behaviors extend throughout the animal kingdom, says Anne Simon, a behavioral geneticist at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.
Scientists have also studied the nighttime rituals of another autism model: zebrafish (Danio rerio). Gene-editing techniques enable scientists to create zebrafish with autism-linked mutations, and then they can easily assess how the mutations effect behavior.
In 2012, geneticist Santhosh Girirajan boarded a plane in Seattle, where he had just finished a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. On the plane, he cracked open a book he had received as a going-away present: “Time, Love, Memory,” the story of biologist Seymour Benzer’s Nobel Prize-winning discoveries about sleep and circadian…
Rand began using roundworms to study nervous system development in the 1970s. In the mid-2000s, when some of the first studies of autism genetics were published, he remembered something his wife had brought up years before, around the time their two sons were diagnosed with autism.
In a windowless room near the western edge of Vancouver, Canada, a team of researchers trains microscopes on dishes of tiny worms about the size of a comma in 12-point font.
Octopuses can solve some of the same problems as people but do so in unusual ways. The post "Getting eight arms around autism appeared first" Spectrum | Autism Research News
Frogs are useful for autism research for a slew of reasons, including the fact that the animals' initial development occurs outside of the mother's body in plain view. The post "Autism research makes the leap to frogs" appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News
Parallels between how birds learn to sing and how children learn to speak provide a window into the roots of language difficulties in autism. The post "Tuning into bird songs for clues to autism" Spectrum | Autism Research News
Steve Warren co-discovered the genetic mechanism that underpins fragile X syndrome and was a generous, inspiring mentor to many. The post"Remembering Steve Warren (1953-2021): A giant in the field of genetics" appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News
A Paris-born child psychologist, Fombonne has advanced bold positions on the cause, prevalence and nature of autism during a career spanning four countries. The post "Eric Fombonne: Crossing continents to expand autism science"appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News
Studies of autism subtypes rarely validate their results, and this has led to a proliferation of autism subtypes of questionable utility. But reliable subtyping can help improve the prognosis for and care of autistic people. The post "Validating autism subtypes: A crucial but often overlooked step in research" appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Re…