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Head movements, eye blinks, heartbeats, random fluctuations in brain waves — these are all common sources of unwanted signals, or ‘noise,’ in recordings of brain activity. Neuroscience researchers spend a lot of time using computational tools to extract meaningful signals from noise in their data. B…
20 hours ago · From Spectrum News
Nearly 7 percent of autistic people in the United States have abnormal blood levels of fatty compounds called lipids, according to a study published today in Nature Medicine1. The study’s approach, drawing on multiple datasets, could help researchers parse autism into subtypes, the researchers say. …
2 days ago · From Spectrum News
Extra repeating bits of DNA may account for nearly 3 percent of the genetic architecture of autism, according to a new study1. The work is the first to examine such genetic variants in autism on a large scale. About half of the identified repeating sections occur in genes that have not been previous…
2 days ago · From Spectrum News
In the United States, children with autism or other developmental disabilities are at least twice as likely to have asthma as their typically developing peers are, according to a new study1. And across all developmental disabilities, asthma is more prevalent among nonwhite children than white ones. …
5 days ago · From Spectrum News
About 0.7 percent of children in China aged 6 to 12 have autism, suggests the largest study of the country’s autism prevalence to date1. And in Greece, 1.15 percent of 10- and 11-year-olds have the condition, according to the first estimate for that country2. Both figures fall within the range of au…
6 days ago · From Spectrum News
A new atlas lays bare how neuronal connections, or synapses, change from birth to old age in mice1. The ‘synaptome’ may help researchers investigate how mutations linked to autism affect these connections at different stages of life. Synapses are the junctions where information is transferred betwee…
7 days ago · From Spectrum News
Under normal circumstances, Matthew Lerner’s day is full of meetings with graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, clinicians and research participants. His work focuses on how autistic people navigate relationships and what factors can facilitate or impede meaningful connections. Since the pand…
8 days ago · From Spectrum News
Mutations to the chromosomal region 16p11.2 affect people in different ways, often leading to some combination of autism, intellectual disability and language difficulties. Two new studies help to account for this diversity of traits1,2. Up to 25 percent of people with a duplication or deletion of D…
9 days ago · From Spectrum News
Like so many other events this year, autism’s biggest annual conference — the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) meeting — was forced to go virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic. The annual gathering, which had been slated for May in Seattle, Washington, was moved online 3 June.…
12 days ago · From Spectrum News
A common autism screening tool misses more than 70 percent of autistic toddlers but flags more than 80 percent of non-autistic toddlers who have intellectual disability, a new study of children in Norway reports1. The study adds to a mounting body of evidence that the tool, the Modified Checklist fo…
13 days ago · From Spectrum News