26 November 2014Comments ( 1 )
More than 30 years after its discovery, an obscure gene called ANK2 has emerged as a top autism candidate, leaving researchers wondering about its link to the disorder. New clues suggest it may help neurons chart their path through the brain.
24 November 2014Comments ( 0 )
Each child with autism is different from the next. One approach rapidly gaining momentum makes sense of this diversity by grouping children together based on their genetics, then looking for patterns in their symptoms. The long-term aim: personalized treatments for each subtype of autism.
13 November 2014Comments ( 3 )
Three distinct behavioral profiles in siblings of children with autism at 18 months predict autism diagnosis at age 3. The findings, published 2 October, point to multiple developmental pathways to the disorder.
10 November 2014Comments ( 15 )
The newest entrant in the list of unusual autism therapies is a chemical mixture extracted from broccoli sprouts. The extract seems to improve social skills in young men with autism, a small pilot study has found.
3 November 2014Comments ( 9 )
Boys with autism who carry rare, spontaneous mutations have lower intelligence quotients and more severe symptoms than do those who may have inherited the disorder. The finding, published 21 October in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, hints at two classes of autism risk with varying severity.