The same genetic factors may underlie both autism and autistic people’s tendency to have sleep problems, such as insomnia.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
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.
Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 2 August
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.
Deleterious mutations in an autism-associated gene can make neurons hyperexcitable, raising the risk of epileptic seizures.
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.
Community Newsletter: Transdiagnostic approaches, considering adverse events, webinar with Laurent Mottron
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.
Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 26 July.
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.