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Tag: biomarkers

July 2020
Researcher attaching electrodes to a baby's head during an electroencephalography study in the Sleep Room

Infants’ brain waves may foretell autism traits

by  /  24 July 2020

Babies with telltale patterns of electrical activity in the brain have pronounced autism traits as toddlers.

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group of 4 brain views

Autistic people with rare mutation may have unique brain anatomy

by  /  17 July 2020

Brain structure of autistic people with deletions in the chromosomal region 22q11.2 differs from that of autistic people without the deletions.

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Human eye macro view

Eye ‘jumps’ in autistic people may be especially fleeting

by  /  9 July 2020

Autistic people tend to have trouble shifting their gaze to take in all the details of a scene.

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June 2020
Two brains resting on the scales of justice

Lessons from ‘neurolaw’ for autism research

by  /  30 June 2020

Francis X. Shen, a researcher at the intersection of neuroscience and the law, says scientists must include information about study participants’ income, education and race in their findings.

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Mother and child play game using hands

Autism traits in children more variable than previously thought

by  /  26 June 2020

Nearly half of autistic children may show substantial changes in the severity of their autism traits from ages 3 to 6, according to a new study.

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May 2020
baby grasping an adult hand

Hormone level in infants may predict autism diagnosis

by  /  11 May 2020

Infants with low levels of the hormone vasopressin in their cerebrospinal fluid may be more likely to later be diagnosed with autism.

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April 2020
Toddler cries, looking away from parent

Infants’ interactions with parents may predict autism

by  /  17 April 2020

In younger siblings of children with autism, insecure attachments to their caregivers increases the odds of being diagnosed with autism.

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March 2020
multiple brain scans showing brain activity during different tasks. Purple background and brains in pink, red and green tones indicate activity.

New analysis of brain activity could identify signal for autism

by  /  18 March 2020

A new technique allows researchers to analyze raw data across multiple studies that use electroencephalography.

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January 2020
Two silhouettes, of child and an adult in a twilight colored setting. We can see inside the brain and interactions with medicine and the brain. The child's head is surrounded by clouds and the adult head is in the clear.

Why serotonin medications may yet help children with autism

by  /  28 January 2020

A class of medications used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder seems to ease compulsive behaviors in adults with autism. Why can’t we tell if these medications work similarly in children with the condition?

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In brain imaging studies of autism, location may alter results

by  /  27 January 2020

A new analysis hints at the source of the rampant inconsistency among brain imaging studies in autism: significant differences among study sites.

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