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December 2019
Magnified view of mitochondria in mice

Immune cells may underlie anxiety in autistic people

by  /  16 December 2019

Some cases of anxiety, which often accompanies autism, may stem from a faulty immune system, a new study suggests — but some experts are skeptical.

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November 2019
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Sensory troubles may yield key clues to autism’s origins

by  /  26 November 2019

Studies of the brain’s sensory system may provide unique insight into the brain mechanisms that underlie autism and could point to possible treatments.

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Rethinking repetitive behaviors in autism

by  /  25 November 2019

Autistic people have long maintained that repetitive behaviors are beneficial. Emerging evidence in support of this idea is shaping new therapies.

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One in five autistic adults may have an anxiety disorder

by  /  21 November 2019

Adults with autism are more than twice as likely as neurotypical people to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

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Emergency rooms see surge of teenagers seeking psychiatric care

by ,  /  12 November 2019

Emergency rooms throughout California are reporting a sharp increase in adolescents and young adults seeking care for a mental health crisis.

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October 2019
four panels show mouse neurons showing abnormalities

New gene linked to autism, neuron development

by  /  30 October 2019

Mutations in the gene CSDE1 lead to a constellation of developmental delays and conditions, including autism, according to a new study.

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Drug counteracts effects of doubled autism gene

by  /  24 October 2019

An experimental drug tamps down the expression of a gene duplicated in an autism-related condition and restores typical behavior in mice.

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Enlarged amygdala may forecast anxiety, depression in autistic children

by  /  22 October 2019

A tiny chunk of the brain’s emotion enter, the amygdala, is enlarged in some autistic children; the larger this piece, the more anxious and depressed the child is likely to be.

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Getting at the heart of autism

by  /  9 October 2019

Cardiac activity could reveal autism’s physiology and confirm a hunch many clinicians share: that people with autism experience great stress.

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Analysis pins down prevalence of mental health conditions in autism

by  /  7 October 2019

Eight mental health conditions occur unusually often in autistic people, a new analysis suggests.

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