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Tag: repetitive behavior

February 2018
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Inside Scoop From the Autism Anchors: The attention deficit-autism overlap

14 February 2018

Raphael Bernier and James Mancini describe the similarities and differences between autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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January 2018
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Anxiety drug reverses problems in mice with autism mutation

by  /  4 January 2018

A widely used treatment for anxiety can eliminate some of the cognitive and social problems seen in mice missing a copy of ARID1B, a gene associated with autism.

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December 2017
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New York program transports children with autism to their passion

by  /  22 December 2017

In a New York City after-school program, children with autism build social skills through a shared interest in trains.

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Tool taps personal interests to understand self-control

by  /  15 December 2017

A novel take on a widely used test could help clinicians assess impulsivity in people with autism.

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New global diagnostic manual mirrors U.S. autism criteria

by  /  11 December 2017

Starting next year, clinicians worldwide may be using a new, streamlined set of criteria to diagnose autism.

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November 2017
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Relocation repercussions; gene editing first; oxytocin sensor and more

by  /  24 November 2017

The agency that oversees the drug approval process in Europe is moving to Amsterdam, gene editing gets its first human trial, and a tiny sensor detects even a few oxytocin molecules in blood.

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Drug cocktail curbs repetitive jumping in mice

by  /  15 November 2017

A trio of drugs eases repetitive behaviors in mice by activating a brain region involved in motor control.

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Microglia (white), the brain’s resident immune cells, have been implicated in autism.

Maternal asthma alters immune cells in fetal brain

by  /  14 November 2017

Mouse pups exposed to an immune response in the womb show autism-like behaviors and altered gene expression in brain cells called microglia.

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‘Fragile’ behaviors mar studies of popular autism mouse model

by  /  13 November 2017

Researchers should proceed with caution when studying the behavior of one of the most popular mouse models of autism: the fragile X mouse model.

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Soothing sensory sensitivity may ease social problems in mice

by  /  12 November 2017

A treatment delivered to neurons that mediate touch can ease anxiety and social problems in two mouse models of autism.

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