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In the Brain, Signs of Autism as Early as 6 Months Old

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Science Daily
Date Published: 
January 30, 2012
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Measuring brain activity in infants as young as six months may help to predict the future development of autism symptoms.

Concern Over Changes to Autism Criteria Unfounded, Says APA

Source: 
Medscape Today
Date Published: 
January 25, 2012
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Concerns that proposed changes to autism criteria in the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) will exclude many individuals from diagnosis and treatment are unfounded, says the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Scientists Link Evolved, Mutated Gene Module to Syndromic Autism

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Science Daily
Date Published: 
January 26, 2012
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A team led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reports that newly discovered mutations in an evolved assembly of genes cause Joubert syndrome, a form of syndromic autism.

Adolescents with Autism Spend Free Time Using Solitary, Screen-based Media

Source: 
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Date Published: 
January 25, 2012
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Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) tend to be fascinated by screen-based technology. A new study by a University of Missouri researcher found that adolescents with autism spend the majority of their free time using non-social media, including television and video-games.

New Research Suggests Birth Weight Plays A Role In Autism Spectrum Disorder

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
January 23, 2012
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Although the genetic basis of autism is now well established, a growing body of research also suggests that environmental factors may play a role. Using a unique study design, a new study suggests that low birth weight is an important environmental factor contributing to the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Automated Imaging Inroduced To Greatly Speed Whole-Brain Mapping Efforts

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
January 17, 2012
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A new technology developed by neuroscientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) transforms the way highly detailed anatomical images can be made of whole brains.

Movement during brain scans may lead to spurious patterns

Source: 
SFARI
Date Published: 
January 16, 2011
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Head movements taint the results of many brain imaging studies, particularly those analyzing children or individuals with autism. That’s the sobering message from two independent studies published over the past few months in NeuroImage.

Researchers Use Workshops To Teach Job Skills And Learn More About Families With Children On The Autism Spectrum

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
January 11, 2012
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Researchers at the University of Utah have created a program that helps kids with autism focus on building their skills and utilizing an aptitude for visual-spatial thinking, computers and other electronic media.

Gastrointestinal Problems In Autistic Children May Be Due To Gut Bacteria

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
January 11, 2012
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The underlying reason autism is often associated with gastrointestinal problems is an unknown, but new results to be published in the online journal mBio® on January 10 reveal that the guts of autistic children differ from other children in at least one important way: many children with autism harbor a type of bacteria in their guts that non-autistic children do not.

2 Genes Affect Anxiety, Behavior In Mice With Too Much MeCP2

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
January 11, 2012
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The anxiety and behavioral issues associated with excess MeCP2 protein result from overexpression of two genes (Crh [corticotropin-releasing hormone] and Oprm 1 [mu-opioid receptor MOR 1]), which may point the way to treating these problems in patients with too much of the protein, said Baylor College of Medicine scientists in a report that appears online in the journal Nature Genetics.