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Tag: intellectual disability

December 2019
A woman's eye is scattered with light, tracking eye movement

Studies of gaze could improve diagnosis, treatment of autism

by  /  10 December 2019

Understanding how gaze differs in autistic people may help improve their lives.

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November 2019

Mutations in emerging autism gene tied to distinct traits

by  /  27 November 2019

People who have mutations in a gene called PHF21A tend to have a constellation of traits and conditions, including autism.

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Drug combination mutes sensitivity to noise in autism mice

by  /  25 November 2019

A mix of two drugs eases hypersensitivity to noise in mice missing an autism gene — offering the promise of a similar treatment for autistic people.

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Child hesitating in front of a giant eye showing areas of the brain, facial recognition and other connections related to sight.

Seeing connections between autism and blindness

by  /  12 November 2019

Autism is unusually common among people with congenital blindness, in part because the ability to see drives much of brain development.

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Motor problems in autistic people may be grossly underestimated

by  /  4 November 2019

At least one in three autistic children has significant movement difficulties, according to a large study.

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October 2019
four panels show mouse neurons showing abnormalities

New gene linked to autism, neuron development

by  /  30 October 2019

Mutations in the gene CSDE1 lead to a constellation of developmental delays and conditions, including autism, according to a new study.

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Researchers debut mouse model for new autism gene

by  /  23 October 2019

Mice lacking one copy of a gene called DDX3X have developmental delay and sensory, motor and behavioral problems — similar to those seen in people with a mutation in the gene.

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Two mice in a lab test environment

Single seizure may have long-lasting effects on brain

by  /  21 October 2019

A single seizure early in life leads to enduring behavioral problems, including diminished sociability, in mice.

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September 2019

Apparent new rise in autism may not reflect true prevalence

by  /  26 September 2019

A new survey suggests autism prevalence has more than doubled over nine years, but the numbers may reflect only a rise in awareness and better data collection.

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Slow, disorderly brain waves may flag autism in toddlers

by  /  23 September 2019

Certain patterns of electrical activity in the brain may signal autism in children with tuberous sclerosis complex, a related genetic condition.

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