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Viewpoint: There’s a problem with autism studies. They rarely use the same set of tools to measure results.

Jyoti Madhusoodanan | 
Clinical trials of autism treatments rarely use a consistent set of tools to measure efficacy, a new study suggests. Instead, ...

Early speech exposure could boost language skills for kids with autism

Alla Katsnelson | 
The more words autistic children hear as infants — and the more verbal interactions they have with their caregivers — ...

‘Grave set of circumstances’: Investigating connection between autism and depression

Cheryl Weinstock | 
[People with autism] are four times more likely than neurotypicals to experience depression over the course of their lives, although ...
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Experimental ‘preemptive’ therapy fails to improve autism traits in study

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

Why are autistic people 50% more likely to die during a hospital stay?

Princess Ojiaku | 
Adults with autism are nearly 50 percent more likely to die in the hospital than their neurotypical peers, according to ...
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Price of progress: Debating the ethics of charging families to participate in stem cell trials for autism

Hannah Furfaro | 
During four visits to Panama over nine months, Aaron [a 9-year-old boy with autism] received infusions of stem cells harvested ...
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‘Genetic factors’ account for 81 percent of autism risk, suggests large multinational study

Hannah Furfaro | 
About 81 percent of autism risk comes from inherited genetic factors, according to an analysis of more than 2 million ...

‘Life-threatening’ unregulated at-home treatments sparked by research linking autism to gut bacteria

Leah Shaffer | 
A growing number are experimenting with specialized diets, probiotics, stool transplants and parasites, trying to game the gut to address ...

Autism-linked mutation may also play role in gastrointestinal problems

Anna Nowogrodzki | 
Mutations in the gene NLGN3, found in some people with autism, alter mice’s gut nervous system, two new studies suggest ...

How the study of ‘affective touch’ could offer a better understanding of autism and its causes

George Musser | 
Strong reactions to touch are remarkably widespread among people who have autism, despite the condition’s famed heterogeneity. “The touch thing ...
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Why we have to look for early signs of psychosis in people with autism

Eva Velthorst, Jennifer Foss-Feig | 
Most young autistic people do not and will not have psychosis or schizophrenia. As a class, psychotic disorders are relatively rare ...
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Understanding autism’s broad spectrum can ‘save’ family relationships

Lydia Denworth | 
That half of the family is on the spectrum and half not makes the Wiesenthals interesting to Molly Losh, director of ...
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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, ...