Using a new genetic approach, researchers are finding shared risk factors for seemingly unrelated conditions, ranging from autism to obesity.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Clinicians may need to go beyond the ‘masks’ to find autism in women.
Children with autism who receive two years of intensive therapy as toddlers appear to maintain their social and behavioral gains two years later, suggests a new study. But some researchers are skeptical that the findings will hold true outside of a clinical trial setting.
The first in-depth look at people with alterations in the 1q21.1 chromosomal region reveals a range of features, from problems with fine motor skills to autism.
More than 10 percent of people carry deletions or duplications of DNA that diminish their intellectual capacity. The findings, based on a large study of an Estonian population, suggest that the bigger the mutation, the more severe a person’s cognitive deficits.
The social deficits and repetitive behaviors seen in boys with fragile X syndrome seem to stem from their cognitive difficulties, rather than arising independently as they do in autism.
Children who carry an extra copy of part of chromosome 7 have symptoms ranging from social phobia to speech impediments. About one-third of them show signs of autism, according to the first systematic analysis of people with 7q11.23 duplication syndrome.
Children who are diagnosed with autism after drastically and suddenly losing cognitive abilities may actually have a distinct disorder, according to data presented yesterday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Researchers are using social media and an online ‘brain-training’ program to study people with rare chromosomal abnormalities linked to autism.