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Why genetic testing for autism cannot offer definitive answers

Jessica Wright | 
Here’s a primer on how genetic tests work, their value for autism and what to expect from the results. Is ...
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Prenatal sequencing for autism genes could be here soon—along with some ethical questions

Jessica Wright | 
Sequencing can identify mutations linked to autism even before a child’s birth – especially in cases where doctors suspect problems, ...
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Do ‘loopholes’ in organic, non-GMO labeling rules mislead consumers?

Keon Kim | 
The North Dakota State Collegiate Future Farmers of America and NDSU Collegiate Farm Bureau hosted a food information forum to ...
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Low intelligence in autistic children predicts ‘poor life skills and challenging behavior’

Knvul Sheikh | 
Without timely intervention, intellectual disability in autistic children can worsen over time, contributing to poor life skills and challenging behavior, ...
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Hypersensitivity, hearing problems could lead to early autism diagnosis

Randy Kulesza | 
Many individuals with autism have hearing problems. In fact, Leo Kanner included this trait in his original description of autism. The type ...
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Latest results for once-promising behavioral therapy for autism called ‘extremely disappointing’

Anna Nowogrodski | 
A much-touted behavioral therapy for autism, the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), may not be as effective as its creators ...
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Autism often accompanied by ADHD, anxiety and other conditions

Hannah Furfaro | 
Behavioral conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) crop up in about one in three autistic people within 15 ...
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New blood test for autism criticized as ‘not appropriate’ for clinical use

Hannah Furfaro | 
Doctors can now order a blood test that its makers say may help flag autism, but experts say the test ...
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Drugs developed as cancer treatments show promise against autism

Jessica Wright | 
An experimental compound that blocks two enzymes involved in gene expression improves social behavior in young mice, according to a ...
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Genetic study sheds light on heritability of autism risk

Nicholette Zeliadt | 
A new analysis of DNA from more than 20,000 people with autism identifies 12 regions in the genome that harbor ...
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Searching for autism clues in the placenta

Judy van de Water | 
Activation of a mother’s immune system during pregnancy can increase the risk of autism in her child. New clues to ...
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Demand surges for genetic autism testing in Europe

Marta Zaraska | 
In France, some two-thirds of autistic children receive some kind of genetic test, paid for by the national health service ...
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Autism linked to the nerves that regulate heart rate

Nicholette Zeliadt | 
The part of the nervous system that regulates heart rate and breathing is involved in autism, a new study suggests ...
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Genetic tests for autistic people could ‘substantially alter the course of treatments’

Jessica Wright | 
Almost as soon as James was born in April 2003, it was clear that he was not well. When he ...
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Examining the link between autism and gender noncomformity

Hannah Furfaro | 
Traits associated with autism and gender variance co-occur even among typical children, a new study suggests. The finding may ease ...
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Autism, attention deficit disorder share ‘significant’ genetic links, sibling study shows

Jessica Wright | 
Children who have an older sibling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at an increased risk of having autism, ...

Mapping autism’s genetic origins through massive analysis offers new research tool

Nicholette Zeliadt | 
The largest genetic analysis of postmortem brain tissue to date has yielded maps of when and where genes are turned ...
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Why post-traumatic stress disorder in children can be diagnosed as autism

Katherine Stavropoulos | 
All I knew at first was that Jeremy’s mother wanted her son assessed for autism. The boy had been a ...

How autistic children overcome the challenge of understanding how others view the world

Bahar Gholipour | 
To understand another person’s point of view, children with autism need to actively suppress their own, a new study suggests ...

Delayed diagnosis? In some children, autism traits become ‘significantly more pronounced over time’

Hannah Furfaro | 
Some autistic children don’t show traits of the condition until age 5 or later, new research suggests. Others show a ...

Viewpoint: Why we need to better understand sexual orientation, gender identity in autism

John Strang | 
In contemporary media, portrayals of autistic people are typically stereotyped and conventional: heterosexual, cisgender and, more often than not, naïve ...

Rewired brain: Faulty autism gene may affect expression of other genes

Alla Katsnelson | 
TBR1 is among a select set of genes with strong ties to autism. The new findings explain that connection: Mutations in TBR1 may disrupt ...

Meet Grunya Sukhareva, the forgotten woman who defined autism

Lina Zeldovich | 
[In 1924,] a gifted young doctor, Grunya Efimovna Sukhareva, saw [a 12-year-old] boy. Caring and attentive, she observed him with ...
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Understanding environmental risk factors for autism: What’s real and what’s not

Sarah Deweerdt | 
Here, we explain why it is difficult to link autism to environmental factors, and what scientists know about how the ...
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Tracking autism: ‘Recalibrated’ test may better reflect progression over time

Arran Frood | 
A recalibrated version of a widely used test for autism may accurately reflect autistic children’s development as they grow and ...
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Severe autism linked to lower serotonin levels in mothers

Hannah Furfaro | 
Women whose children are severely autistic have lower serotonin levels than do those whose children have mild or moderate autism ...

Autism and chemical messenger receptors: Study challenges popular theory

Nicholette Zeliadt | 
New results from brain scans of adults with autism are at odds with the popular theory that autism involves weak ...

‘In someone else’s shoes’: How virtual reality is altering autism research, treatment

George Musser | 
For more than two decades, scientists have experimented with [virtual reality] to set up controlled scenarios to study autistic traits. At the ...