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August 2021
Twin boys sleeping on green sheets.

Genetic roots of sleep issues, autism may be entwined

by  /  9 August 2021

The same genetic factors may underlie both autism and autistic people’s tendency to have sleep problems, such as insomnia.

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Community Newsletter: SUV39H2, work performance perceptions, ABA alternative

by  /  8 August 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we take a look at the gene SUV39H2’s link to autism, autistic people’s perception of their work performance, and naturalistic developmental behavior interventions, an alternative to applied behavior analysis.

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Week of AugustAug
2nd
2021

Spotted around the web: Roundworm connectome, NRXN1 rats, MRI headphones

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 2 August

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Drugs boost serotonin, socialization in multiple autism mouse models

by  /  6 August 2021

The finding that MDMA and an experimental serotonin agonist increase sociability across six different model mice suggests that disparate autism-linked mutations converge on the same underlying pathways.

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Images shows a pyramidal neuron.

How mutations in top autism gene could lead to seizures

by  /  5 August 2021

Deleterious mutations in an autism-associated gene can make neurons hyperexcitable, raising the risk of epileptic seizures.

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Portrait of the Lane family in Kentucky.

Moving for autism care

by  /  4 August 2021

Disparities in state services for autism are driving families to relocate. But not everyone can afford to move, and others find that their new home also has faults.

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Image shows two young girls, identical twins, covering their faces with leaves while facing each other.

Q&A with John Constantino: Solving the biomarker conundrum

by  /  3 August 2021

Biological factors that reflect autism’s roots may differ from those that influence how severe the condition is. Failure to make a distinction has stymied the search for biomarkers.

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Many mouths making conversation, with speech bubbles in red and blue.

Community Newsletter: Transdiagnostic approaches, considering adverse events, webinar with Laurent Mottron

by  /  1 August 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at transdiagnostic approaches and why they’re helpful for neurodevelopmental conditions, the importance of monitoring adverse events during intervention studies and our top stories of the week.

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July 2021
Week of JulyJul
26th
2021

Spotted around the web: Neuronal differentiation, vitamin D, Hollywood representation

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 26 July.

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Sex, age of diagnosis correlate with autism comorbidities

by  /  30 July 2021

Girls are more likely to have various other conditions, such as anxiety or an eating disorder, if they are diagnosed with autism as a teenager, compared with girls diagnosed as children. The findings may suggest that clinicians miss diagnosing some autistic girls unless they also have co-occurring conditions.

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