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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: Broad Autism Phenotype

October 2012

Cognition and behavior: Sensory sensitivity tied to autism

by  /  10 October 2012

An atypical response to sensory stimuli, such as smells and sounds, may be a core feature of autism, suggest two studies published in the past few months.

July 2012

Cognition and behavior: Fragile X carriers show autism signs

by  /  27 July 2012

Women who have a milder version of the fragile X mutation, which can lead to the full mutation in their children, have some features of autism, according to a study published 12 June in the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

June 2012

‘Baby sibs’ struggle to integrate audio, visual speech cues

by  /  7 June 2012

Infants at high risk for autism have difficulty integrating information from different senses, such as vision and hearing, a new study suggests.


Clinical research: Long-term studies track autism’s trajectory

by  /  6 June 2012

Two studies published over the past month followed individuals with autism at various ages and showed that they gain developmental skills differently than controls do.

May 2012

Genetics: SHANK1 mutations found in men with autism

by  /  11 May 2012

Researchers have identified deletions in SHANK1 — the third member of a gene family that is closely linked to autism — in five men with the disorder, they reported 4 May in the American Journal of Human Genetics. This is the first study linking SHANK1 mutations to people with autism.

March 2012

Genetics: Autism linked to two mutations in same gene

by  /  14 March 2012

Two mutations in an autism-associated gene, neurexin-1, may have combined to cause autism in one man, whereas family members with only one of the two mutations have other neurological disorders, according to a study published 15 February in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B.

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November 2011

Motor problems key feature of autism, family study suggests

by  /  21 November 2011

In families that have at least one child with autism, significant motor impairments crop up in most children with the disorder and hardly any of their unaffected siblings, according to a study published 19 October in Autism.

October 2011

Clinical research: Parents share some autism traits

by  /  4 October 2011

Individuals who have multiple children with autism have more severe social and communication deficits than either controls or those who have only one child with autism.

September 2011
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Down by law

by  /  27 September 2011

A new study finds that Dutch children picked up by the police for minor offenses score higher than controls on a questionnaire measuring traits of autism.


Clinical research: Men may not outgrow autism-like behaviors

by  /  23 September 2011

Boys who have autism-like social deficits at 2 years of age retain about the same level of social impairment when they reach age 20.