People with autism or autism traits may be especially vulnerable to brain aging and cognitive decline, two studies suggest.
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Signs & Symptoms
Autism’s core symptoms accompany a constellation of subtle signs that scientists are just beginning to unmask.
Young male rats can recognize rats they’ve recently met, whereas young females treat new acquaintances like strangers, research shows.
During conversations, girls with autism use “we,” “they” and other plural personal pronouns differently than autistic boys do.
Autistic people’s skill at managing the demands of daily life decline after they leave high school, according to a new study. But those who maintain more abilities are more likely to pursue further education than those who don’t.
People with autism who carry DNA variants in the same protein-coding region of a gene have more similar cognitive abilities and behaviors than those who carry mutations in different regions of the same gene.
Some social behaviors associated with autism are heritable, but the extent to which genes and the environment influence these behaviors changes as a child grows.
Autistic people are at an increased risk for intentional self-harm and death by suicide, but co-occurring psychiatric conditions may drive those behaviors.