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Nature Outlook: Autism Now Available Online

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Nature
Date Published: 
October 31, 2012
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Sponsored in part by ASF, the new Nature Outlook supplement on autism features articles on genetics, adulthood, brain imaging, diagnosis and more.

Autism Interventions Supported by Moderate Evidence; Better Studies Needed to Validate Effectiveness

Source: 
RAND Corporation
Date Published: 
November 1, 2012
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Widely used autism interventions are supported by moderate evidence. Head-to-head trials of competing autism treatments are needed to identify which programs are superior and additional work should follow study participants long-term to further examine the effectiveness of treatments.

Autism Developmental Delay Begins After 6 Months of Age

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Psych Central
Date Published: 
October 31, 2012
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A large, prospective study found that children with and without ASD were developmentally similar at 6 months based on clinical tests. Lead author Dr. Rebecca Landa reported, “for those children who went on to develop autism, the earliest signs of atypical development were non-specific to autism, such as general communication or motor delay.”

New Rules Allow Joint Diagnosis of Autism, Attention Deficit

Source: 
SFARI
Date Published: 
October 25, 2012
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Autism and ADHD diagnoses will no longer be mutually exclusive under proposed DSM-5 guidelines. Clinicians will be permitted to make official dual diagnoses when necessary.

New York Magazine: Is Everyone on the Autism Spectrum?

Source: 
New York Magazine
Date Published: 
October 28, 2012
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From Asperger’s to “Asperger’s,” how the spectrum became quite so all-inclusive.

Early Behavioral Intervention is Associated with Normalized Brain Activity in Young Children with Autism

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Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Date Published: 
August 31, 2012
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This randomized trial associated ESDM with normalized brain activity and behavioral improvements in young children with ASD.

Exploring the Social Impact of Being a Typical Peer Model for Included Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
January 4, 2012
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Peer-mediated treatments are considered best practice in improving social skills in children with ASD, but parents and school staff have voiced concerns about the social outcomes of typically developing students who serve as models for their autistic peers. This study addresses these concerns, showing that typically developing children maintain stable and positive social status after acting as peer buddies in a social skills intervention for children with ASD.

Family History of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder as Risk Factors for Autism

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Archives of General Psychiatry
Date Published: 
July 2, 2012
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Researchers discuss the association between schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ASD, and suggest the conditions share etiologic factors. Family history of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder was associated with increased ASD risk across three data sets. Individuals with schizophrenic siblings were 12 times more likely to have autism compared to those with no family history of schizophrenia.

Atypical Activation During the Embedded Figures Task as a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Endophenotype of Autism

Source: 
Brain
Date Published: 
October 11, 2012
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This study uncovers a possible fMRI endophenotype of autism, showing that compared to typically developing controls with no family history of ASD, adolescents with autism and non-autistic siblings had atypical patterns of brain activation during the Embedded Figures Task.

Researchers Swing Toward Monkey Models of Autism

Source: 
SFARI
Date Published: 
October 18, 2012
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Scientists reveal efforts to create transgenic monkey models of autism. Compared to mice and rats, these animals are more genetically similar to humans, and display more complex social and communicative behaviors.