Heart-rate patterns and changes in pupil size may herald Rett syndrome, autism or related conditions.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Children with autism who carry mutations in the chromosomal region 16p11.2 or the gene CHD8 — two of the leading risk factors for autism — show distinct patterns of chemical tags on their DNA.
A drug that mimics the hormone vasopressin improves social skills in autistic people — but so does one that blocks vasopressin’s effects. How can seemingly opposing manipulations produce similar results?
A saliva test that helps clinicians diagnose autism is expected to be available in the next few weeks. But some experts are skeptical of the test’s accuracy and value.
Adults with autism have a resting heartbeat that rarely varies in frequency, a tendency that may explain some aspects of the condition.
The relatives of autistic people often have mild traits of the condition. Studying these family members could broaden our understanding of autism.