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  • Autism gene affects brain function early in development
    28 July 2014
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    Mutations in a gene linked to intellectual disability and sometimes autism may lead to a permanent boost in brain activity, according to a study published 18 June in Neuron.

  • Common mutations account for half of autism risk
    21 July 2014
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    Common genetic variants that have minor effects may contribute about half the risk of developing autism, according to a study published Sunday in Nature Genetics. Identifying these variants would require tens of thousands of samples.

  • Medical records find evidence linking autism to obesity
    21 July 2014
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    Children and adolescents with autism are more likely to be overweight or obese than their typically developing peers, finds a large survey published in Academic Pediatrics.

  • Maternal factors, birth order up autism risk
    17 July 2014
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    Having one child with autism raises the odds of having a second child with the disorder 20-fold, according to one of the largest epidemiological studies so far to address the inheritance of autism risk.

  • Experts balk at large trial of stem cells for autism
    14 July 2014
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    A Duke University team has won $15 million to explore stem cells from cord blood as a treatment for autism. But experts caution that the trial is premature.

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