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Research shows gene defect's role in autism-like behavior

Source: 
PLoS ONE
Date Published: 
August 13, 2012
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Scientists affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute have discovered how a defective gene causes brain changes that lead to the atypical social behavior characteristic of autism. The research offers a potential target for drugs to treat the condition.

How Autism is Changing the World for Everybody

Source: 
i09
Date Published: 
July 26,2012
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Interesting article including interviews with Steve Silberman and Andrea Kuszewski about how studying autism is changing the world for everyone!

Researchers Grapple with Mixed Results from Cognitive Studies

Source: 
Simons Foundation Austism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 30, 2012
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Researchers at Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London are finding that some studies have suggested that people with autism have deficits in executive function, a set of complex mental processes involved in everyday life. But these results may instead reflect their difficulties imagining what other people are thinking.

Molecular Mechanisms: Autism Gene Regulates Neuron Shape

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Simons Foundation Austism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 31,2012
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Scientists at MIT have found that TAOK2, a gene in the autism-associated chromosomal region, is part of a signaling pathway that builds neuronal connections during development.

Simple Worms could Help Unravel Complex Human Brains

Source: 
Simons Foundation Austism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 25, 2012
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The nematode "Caenorhabditis elegans" may serve as a useful model to study synapses, the junctions between neurons.

Cognition and behavior: Fragile X Carriers Show Autism Signs

Source: 
Simons Foundation Austism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 27,2012
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According to a study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, Women who have a milder version of the fragile X mutation, which can lead to the full mutation in their children, have some features of autism.

Pets May Help Kids With Autism

Source: 
WebMD.com
Date Published: 
August 1,2012
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Researchers in France found that children with autism who became pet owners after the age of 5 performed better than children without pets on two key measures of social functioning -- offering comfort and offering to share. Having a pet from birth did not appear to influence the socialization behaviors, leading the researchers to conclude that the arrival of a pet when a child is old enough to recognize the addition may be critical.

Scientists Track Adult Regression in Autism-Related Syndrome

Source: 
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 26, 2012
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Scientists track adult regression in Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, which is one of the autism-related syndromes with an identified genetic basis.

Evaluation of a Parent-Based Behavioral Intervention Program for Children with Autism in a Low-Resource Setting

Source: 
Journal of Pediatric Neuroscience
Date Published: 
January 2012
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Many countries do not have widely available or established resources for individuals with autism. This study from New Delhi, India examines parent-based intervention programs for children with autism in a low-resource setting.

New Evidence Links Immune Irregularities to Autism

Date Published: 
July 17, 2012
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Scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) pioneered the study of the link between irregularities in the immune system and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism a decade ago. Since then, studies of postmortem brains and of individuals with autism, as well as epidemiological studies, have supported the correlation between alterations in the immune system and autism spectrum disorder.