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  • Simple questionnaire may improve early detection of autism
    18 April 2014
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    A set of six questions about child development can identify parental biases and help to improve the accuracy of a commonly used autism test, according to a study published 30 March in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

  • Clinical research: Seizures common with 15q11-13 duplication
    18 April 2014
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    People with duplications of the 15q11-13 chromosomal region, which is linked to certain neurological disorders, can experience a variety of seizures, according to a study published 6 February in Epilepsia. They may also respond better to some seizure medications than others.

  • Researchers unveil fetal brain map, mouse 'connectome'
    17 April 2014
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    Two new maps of the brain — an atlas of fetal development and a wiring diagram in the mouse — debuted 2 April in Nature. The maps may open new avenues of investigation into the genetic and neurological basis of autism.

  • Statistical model rates billions of human mutations
    16 April 2014
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    A new statistical system ranks the potential harm done by each of the nearly 9 billion possible variants in the human genome, researchers reported in March in Nature Genetics.

  • Guest blog: A cautionary tale for autism drug development
    15 April 2014
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    Poorly designed animal drug studies for motor disorders have led to spurious conclusions for the clinical trials that follow. This may be even more true for autism research, says Michael Ehlers.

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