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The ability to identify human-like movements is rooted in genetics — and may share those origins with autism traits, a study of 117 twin pairs in China suggests1. The ability to interpret other people’s movements is important for understanding others’ intentions and making social connections. People…
22 hours ago · From Spectrum News
Women who take acetaminophen early in pregnancy may increase their risk of having a child with language delay — but only if the child is a girl, a new study suggests1. Experts warn that the findings are preliminary, however, and far from having clinical value. Acetaminophen, commonly marketed as Tyl…
3 days ago · From Spectrum News
An algorithm combs through genetic data to identify variants involved in autism and four other brain conditions1. The method expands on an older approach called transmission and de novo association (TADA), which combines information about inherited and spontaneous mutations to identify risk genes. L…
4 days ago · From Spectrum News
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4 days ago · From Spectrum News
Nearly half of adults with autism live with a family member and about one in five is unemployed, according to a new analysis1. Only 5 percent have ever been married. The findings suggest that many middle-aged adults with autism have little independence. The work echoes a study from last year that fo…
5 days ago · From Spectrum News
The bipartisan budget deal that passed the U.S. Congress this week includes enough health policy changes to keep reporters and analysts busy for months. In addition to renewing funding for community health centers for two more years, the bill extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Prog…
5 days ago · From Spectrum News
Our autism anchors, Raphael Bernier and James Mancini, describe the similarities and differences between autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Social problems are at the core of autism. These also accompany ADHD, but they arise for different reasons. Early treatment is helpful …
6 days ago · From Spectrum News
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6 days ago · From Spectrum News
Sally Ozonoff began studying infant siblings of children with autism in 2003. Her goal then was to follow these ‘baby sibs,’ who are at elevated risk of autism, and detect any early signs of the condition. Her study is among the longest-running of such projects and now includes more than 300 childre…
7 days ago · From Spectrum News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the Swiss drug company Roche a rare ‘breakthrough therapy’ designation for a drug that may ease some features of autism. The breakthrough designation means that the drug, balovaptan, can move more quickly to FDA approval. Experts are hopeful ab…
8 days ago · From Spectrum News