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Children with autism who were born late are more likely to also have intellectual disability than those with autism who were born at term, suggests a study of almost half a million people1. The new work is the first to look separately at the risks for autism with and without intellectual disability …
20 hours ago · From Spectrum News
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The autism community is deeply divided on many topics — whether to describe autism as a difference or a disorder, whether ‘autistic’ is a better term than ‘person with autism,’ and how much genetics and the environment each contribute to the condition, to name just a few. But there is one thing we a…
2 days ago · From Spectrum News
Antidepressants slightly boost the risk of autism and other brain conditions. Or they don’t, and it’s really factors related to the mother’s mental health that pose the risk1,2,3,4. That’s the confusing upshot from four large studies published since May, all looking at the effects of exposure to ant…
3 days ago · From Spectrum News
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6 days ago · From Spectrum News
A new database details the genetic mutations associated with Phelan-McDermid syndrome, along with the behavioral outcomes of people with those mutations1. The Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Data Network allows scientists to explore the clinical features that result from a specific deletion, for example, a…
6 days ago · From Spectrum News
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7 days ago · From Spectrum News
Drugs that block certain brain enzymes could help treat two conditions associated with autism, a new mouse study suggests1. The study identified enzymes that regulate levels of the protein MECP2 in neurons. This protein is absent in about half of cells in Rett syndrome and is overproduced in a condi…
7 days ago · From Spectrum News
Delivering a fragment of the Rett syndrome gene, MECP2, into neurons eases features of the syndrome in mice, according to a new study. The findings appeared today in Nature1. The MECP2 protein is a master regulator of other genes, and a lack of it leads to Rett syndrome. A portion of the protein is …
8 days ago · From Spectrum News
In this episode of “Spectrum Stories,” host Jacob Brogan talks to clinicians about why anxiety is so common — but can be so hard to spot — in people with autism. Read the related article here. The post Spectrum Stories: The overlap between autism and anxiety appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Rese…
8 days ago · From Spectrum News