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Biomarker Progress Offers Hope for Early Autism Spectrum Disorder Detection

Source: 
Science Daily
Date Published: 
November 30, 2012
Abstract: 

A special issue of Disease Markers offers a comprehensive review on how current genetic research can be applied to biomarker development in ASD.

Next-Generation Treatments for Fragile X Syndrome

Source: 
Science Daily
Date Published: 
November 29, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers from University of Catania discover a possible new strategy for treating Fragile X syndrome.

Asperger's Won't Appear in Revised Diagnosis Manual

Source: 
ABC News
Date Published: 
December 3, 2012
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Autism Science Foundation President Alison Singer discusses DSM-V changes.

DSM V Final Diagnostic Criteria Approved by APA Board of Trustees

Source: 
Psychiatric News
Date Published: 
November 1, 2012

Chelation Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review

Source: 
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Date Published: 
January 1, 2013
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Authors of this new review on chelation treatment say, “the weakness of the evidence base, the lack of a sound rationale for use of chelation as an ASD treatment, and the potential negative side effects strongly argue against the use of chelation treatment for ASD.”

Autism’s Invisible Victims: The Siblings

Source: 
Time
Date Published: 
November 30, 2012
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Earlier this week, Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform held a hearing on how the federal government can better respond to the dramatic rise in autism rates. Yet for all this concern, one large affected group is being routinely overlooked: the siblings.

Scientists Home in on Autism Candidate Gene’s Role in Brain

Source: 
SFARI
Date Published: 
November 26, 2012
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Four new studies of neuroligin-1 (NLGN1), a gene linked to autism, unravel its complex role in regulating synapses, the connections between neurons.

Object Exploration at 6 and 9 Months in Infants with and without Risk for Autism

Source: 
Autism
Date Published: 
November 22, 2012
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Co-authored by ASF grantee Nina Leezenbaum, this study found delayed visual and oral exploration of objects in infant siblings of children with autism that were not observed in infants with no family history.