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Shared Synaptic Pathophysiology in Syndromic and Nonsyndromic Rodent Models of Autism

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Science
Date Published: 
September 13, 2012
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A new study finds that faulty neuronal circuits in autistic brains can be corrected even after the “critical window” of brain development.

The Emerging Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Science
Date Published: 
September 14, 2012
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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a genetically and phenotypically heterogeneous group of syndromes defined by fundamental impairments in social reciprocity and language development accompanied by highly restrictive interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Recent advances in genetics, genomics, developmental neurobiology, systems biology, monogenic neurodevelopment syndromes, and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) are now offering remarkable insights into their etiologies and converging to provide a clear and immediate path forward from the bench to the bedside.

Dietary Supplement may Treat Rare Form of Autism

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Science
Date Published: 
September 6, 2012
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Researchers have uncovered a rare, genetic form of autism caused by mutations that speed up the breakdown of certain amino acids.

Latest Issue of Autism Research Journal Published Online

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Autism Research
Date Published: 
September 11, 2012
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Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)

“Junk” DNA Holds Clues to Cancer, Autism

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Scientific American
Date Published: 
September 6, 2012
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With the latest annotation of the human genome, researchers have made new discoveries about common diseases

Hispanic Children with Autism Remain Undiagnosed, Reveals Study

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Autism
Date Published: 
March 7, 2012
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When compared to non-Hispanic white children, Hispanic youth are more likely to go undiagnosed for developmental issues and autism, says a study from UC Davis MIND Institute.

Rare Autism Form May Improve With Diet Change, Study Says

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Science
Date Published: 
September 6, 2012
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Researchers from the University of California at San Diego published in Science that a rare form of autism tied to seizures and mental retardation may be treatable with a simple diet change or supplement.

NIH has Awarded $100 Million for the Autism Centers of Excellence Program

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National Institue of Health
Date Published: 
September 4, 2012
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NIH Announces Autism ACE Center and Network grant recipients. NIH has awarded $100 million for the Autism Centers of Excellence Program. Nine grantees will receive research funding over the next five years.

Researchers Exploring Whether Anatomy Of The Lower Lungs Airways Indicates Autism

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Children's Health Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
Date Published: 
August 28, 2012
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Researchers at the St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center of Phoenix are looking into whether anatomy of the bronchi of lower lungs airways indicates autism.

Supplemental Material Blood-Based Gene Expression Signatures of Infants and Toddlers With Autism

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Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Date Published: 
September 2012
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Dr. Eric Courchesne recently published his work he previewed at this year's IMFAR in the "Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry."

The mRNA expression abnormalities reliably observed in peripheral blood mononuclear cells, which are safely and easily assayed in infants, offer the first potential peripheral blood–based, early biomarker panel of risk for autism in infants and toddlers. Future work should verify these biomarkers and evaluate whether they may also serve as indirect indices of deviant molecular neural mechanisms in autism.