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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: repetitive behavior

May 2019

Gut microbes from autistic children may alter behavior in mice

by  /  30 May 2019

Mice colonized with gut microbes from some autistic boys show behaviors like those of the boys.

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Repetitive behaviors ease with age in most autistic children

by  /  3 May 2019

Restricted and repetitive behaviors decrease significantly in about 75 percent of autistic children from age 3 to 11.

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Sensory sensitivity may forecast self-injury in autistic children

by  /  3 May 2019

Autistic infants who have extreme responses to sights, sounds or textures tend to harm themselves as toddlers.

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A group of boys and girls holding hands walking on a school hallway

Diagnostic tests don’t miss girls with autism, study suggests

by  /  2 May 2019

Boys and girls with autism get virtually identical scores on three commonly used diagnostic tests, suggesting that sex doesn’t affect the scores.

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Ready or not, two drugs for autism edge closer to clinic

by  /  1 May 2019

Two drugs that alter the activity of the hormone vasopressin seem to improve social communication in autistic people, but some experts question the findings.

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December 2018

Unusual sensory responses in infancy may hint at autism

by  /  12 December 2018

Some children diagnosed with autism by age 2 show unusual responses to sights, sounds and textures as infants.

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November 2018
Three columns of brain images show patterns of brain connections.

Repetitive behaviors tied to brain activity patterns in toddlers

by  /  29 November 2018

Children who have repetitive behaviors, a core autism trait, may show particular patterns of brain activity as early as 1 year of age.

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Monkey with mutation in top autism gene shows social problems

by  /  14 November 2018

The first monkey with a mutation in SHANK3, a top autism gene, is nearly 3; it spends its days circling its cage rather than interacting with other monkeys.

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October 2018
Two women seen from behind with arms around each other.

Overlap in traits of autism, attention deficit persists into adulthood

by  /  8 October 2018

Traits linked to autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder tend to co-occur even in adulthood.

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September 2018

Rebooting Becky’s brain

by  /  12 September 2018

An electrical brain implant all but erased the obsessions that had consumed Becky Audette, years after her autism diagnosis. Could similar implants help other people with severe autism?

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