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Tag: repetitive behavior

August 2018

Long-term study shows language’s role in easing autism features

by  /  31 August 2018

Difficulties with social communication appear to wane as toddlers with autism mature into young adults, perhaps due in large part to improvements in language ability.

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Family ties: Sabatini brothers crack codes that may underlie autism

by  /  30 August 2018

David and Bernardo Sabatini, brothers born just a year and a half year apart, invent their way to answering big questions about autism.

July 2018

Reward-system differences may underlie multiple autism features

by  /  30 July 2018

The brain’s system for sensing pleasure and reward shows unusual activation patterns and an atypical structure in people with autism.

Week of JulyJul

Anxiety app; favorite things; overheard words and more

by  /  13 July 2018

An app may help people with autism manage anxiety, adults on the spectrum share the items they use to self-soothe, and autistic children can pick up new words by overhearing them.

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Gene editing via nanoparticles may treat autism syndromes

by  /  5 July 2018

A miniature particle delivers the gene-editing tool CRISPR into the brains of fragile X mice.

June 2018
Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Lactobacillus reuteri. Lactobacillus reuteri, a probiotic bacterium, is found in breast milk and the human gastrointestinal tract. It is also found in cattle, pigs, chickens, turkeys, mice, hamsters, gerbils, ostriches and rats. This Lactobacillus produces reuterin which suppresses pathogens in the guts.

Autism mutation alters balance of gut bacteria in mice

by  /  28 June 2018

Mice with a mutation in a top autism gene may have altered levels of certain gut bacteria; feeding the mice one of these bacterial species eases some of their troubles.

May 2018
Elementary school age girl with glasses watches from outside a fence.

To get an autism diagnosis, girls need worse social skills than boys

by  /  28 May 2018

Girls with an autism diagnosis have more severe impairments in social communication than boys with the diagnosis.

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Special interests hinder self-control in children with autism

by  /  12 May 2018

Children with autism show much less restraint when confronted with one of their interests, compared with their typical peers.


Why the definition of autism needs to be refined

by  /  9 May 2018

Five years after its latest revision, the manual used to diagnose autism is back under scrutiny, as evidence suggests it excludes some people on the spectrum.


Wearable device accurately scans brains in moving people

by  /  4 May 2018

A new neuroimaging device that is worn like a helmet enables researchers to map the functional activity of a person’s brain as she moves her head.