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August 2011

Questionnaire rates social skills during play

by  /  31 August 2011

Researchers can use the Manchester Inventory for Playground Observation, a questionnaire that rates children’s interactions with their peers, to reliably measure social skills in children with autism.

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Food fight

by  /  30 August 2011

Girls who score high on a test that assesses symptoms of eating disorders have many features of autism.

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Scientists aim to create scores of diverse mouse strains

by  /  17 August 2011

Researchers are creating a population of inbred lab mice with the potential to produce thousands of genetically diverse strains. Experiments using the first of these mice are published in the August issue of Genomic Research.

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July 2011

Powerful perspective

by  /  29 July 2011

At a workshop where some of the top scientists in autism research assembled to discuss biomarkers, a 7-year-old girl with the disorder was the real expert.

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Lonely hunters

by  /  8 July 2011

Cognitive traits associated with autism may have helped our ancestors survive, according to a fascinating new study. But those traits are no longer an advantage.

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Farm team

by  /  1 July 2011

A Spanish-language treatment center is just one of the innovative programs that a new autism institute will use to expand existing services in the New York area.

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June 2011

Ricardo Dolmetsch: Regenerating the cells of autism

by  /  23 June 2011

The ever-curious and energetic Ricardo Dolmetsch is taking skin cells from individuals with various types of autism and turning them into neurons in the lab. The approach could reveal the cellular basis of the disorder and point to new treatments.

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May 2011

Molecular mechanisms: Placenta influences brain development

by  /  31 May 2011

The placenta regulates the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brains of mice at a key stage in embryonic development, according to a study published 21 April in Nature. The results suggest that the fetal environment can influence the long-term mental health of children, including whether they later develop autism or schizophrenia.

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New York program fulfills promise of inclusive education

by  /  30 May 2011

An innovative academic program in New York City public schools is successfully educating children with high-functioning autism alongside their unaffected peers.

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Cognition and behavior: Drug enhances social learning

by  /  27 May 2011

A compound that activates a pathway related to learning and memory can enhance pair-bonding between prairie voles, according to a study published 7 April in Biological Psychiatry. Enhancing social learning — an individual’s response to social cues — during development could help treat autism.

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