Episodes
A growing array of studies adds detail to this picture, identifying clues to which general trajectory a child is likely to follow. Early social skills are emerging as one reliable indicator.
Published 07/24/21
For better or worse, clinicians have informally predicted autistic people’s life trajectories for decades. Different patterns of early development, many observed, seemed to portend different outcomes.
Published 07/21/21
Researchers can roughly project what autistic children’s lives will look like years down the road. But how good is their crystal ball — and what are its benefits?
Published 07/19/21
A new method to track autism prevalence in 11 U.S. states is twice as fast as the old approach — and yields similar results. The post "Q&A with Matthew Maenner: Estimating autism prevalence quickly" appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News
Published 07/16/21
In this edition of By the Numbers, we discuss medication shifts in people with autism, outpatient facilities providing autism care and pandemic-induced behavioral changes in autistic children. The post "By the Numbers: Polypharmacy, outpatient autism care, pandemic behaviors" appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News
Published 07/14/21
Sleep problems in young children with autism are associated with behavioral regulation difficulties later in childhood, according to a new longitudinal study. The post Autistic children’s sleep problems linked to behavioral regulation issues appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Published 07/12/21
Many of the genes strongly linked to autism are involved in the remodeling of chromatin, the complex of DNA and proteins that makes up chromosomes. Scientists are just beginning to understand why. The post Autism’s link to chromatin remodeling, explained appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Published 07/09/21
https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/autism-diagnosis-explained/.
Published 07/05/21
Reports of flaws in imaging research are signs of a maturing field, experts say, not a devastating blow to its results. The post "How autism scientists are tackling brain imaging’s replication problem" appeared first on https://www.spectrumnews.org Spectrum | Autism Research News
Published 07/02/21
Your latest update from Spectrum, the leading source of news and expert opinion on autism research.
Published 06/30/21
Over the course of a career spanning more than three decades, Huda Zoghbi has won almost every major biology and neuroscience research award that exists. More than 20 years since she discovered the gene behind Rett syndrome, she remains laser focused on unlocking the condition’s secrets and finding effective treatments.
Published 06/28/21
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the okay to an app designed to help clinicians diagnose autism in children, but some researchers have concerns about its use. The post Green light for diagnostic autism app raises questions, concerns appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Published 06/25/21
Methods that selectively increase levels of the Rett protein make for safer and more effective treatment strategies, some researchers say. The post Alternative gene-therapy approaches take aim at Rett syndrome appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Published 06/18/21
Zemi Yenus was the mother of a child with autism, founder of Ethiopia’s first school for autistic children and a tireless advocate for autism awareness and research in Africa. The post Remembering Zemi Yenus: An ambassador for autism in Africa appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Published 06/16/21
After a study revised a popular measure for alexithymia, it was pulled for copyright infringement because the authors did not pay a $40 fee or obtain permission to use the measure. The post Copyright claim prompts retraction of study on alexithymia in autism appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Published 06/14/21
After a year of juggling research, childcare and COVID-19 anxiety, some early-career academics are rethinking their place in autism science. The post https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/pandemic-pressures-may-drive-young-scientists-away-from-autism-research/ Pandemic pressures may drive young scientists away from autism research appeared first on https://www.spectrumnews.org | Autism Research News
Published 06/11/21
As cannabis prohibition slowly lifts in the United States, scientists and families in the autism community are increasingly turning to the drug and its constituent compounds to ease autism-related difficulties, including seizures and irritability. The post https://www.spectrumnews.org/opinion/qa-with-eric-hollander-cannabis-treatments-for-autism/ Q&A with Eric Hollander: Cannabis treatments for autism appeared first on https://www.spectrumnews.org Spectrum | Autism Research News
Published 06/09/21
The high levels of serotonin seen in the blood of some autistic people have confounded scientists for more than half a century. Despite so little progress, some researchers refuse to give up. The post After 60 years, scientists are still trying to crack a mysterious serotonin-autism link appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Published 06/07/21
Federal funding for autism research increased by $23.2 million from 2016 to 2018, according to the latest report from the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. The post Autism research funding rises but still falls short of goals appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Published 06/04/21
The recognition of autism independently at different times and across different cultures shows the condition has clear boundaries, despite considerable heterogeneity. The post The first Dutch boy with ‘autism’ — and the nun who cared for him appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News.
Published 05/31/21
Elizabeth Berry-Kravis has spent decades uncovering molecular clues to fragile X syndrome and crafting trials of treatments. Her efforts are paying off. The post https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/elizabeth-berry-kravis-running-a-marathon-for-fragile-x-syndrome appeared first on https://www.spectrumnews.org Spectrum | Autism Research News
Published 05/28/21
Next-generation machine-learning tools are poised to upend how scientists study behavior in animal models of autism — and not everyone is happy about it. The post https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/how-artificial-intelligence-is-shaking-up-animal-behavior-studies-in-autism/ appeared first on https://www.spectrumnews.org Spectrum | Autism Research News
Published 05/26/21
Autistic boys and men show notable differences in brain development, according to magnetic resonance imaging scans taken over a 16-year period. The post https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/brain-structures-grow-differently-in-boys-men-with-autism/ appeared first on https://www.spectrumnews.org Spectrum | Autism Research News
Published 05/24/21
Researchers have uncovered more than 1,200 new protein-protein interactions involving proteins coded for by autism-linked genes. The post https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/autism-linked-protein-screen-reveals-hundreds-of-new-interactions appeared first on https://www.spectrumnews.org">Spectrum | Autism Research News
Published 05/21/21
Children with autism traits tend to show agitation, excitability, decreased sleep and other mild signs of mania in adolescence; the association is higher in identical twins than fraternal twins, suggesting that genetics plays a role. The post https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/childhood-autism-traits-linked-to-hypomania-in-adolescence Childhood autism traits linked to hypomania in adolescence appeared first on https://www.spectrumnews.org Spectrum | Autism Research News
Published 05/17/21