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  • Behavioral patterns may predict autism in high-risk toddlers
    13 November 2014
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    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.

  • Trial sprouts doubts about broccoli extract for autism
    10 November 2014
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    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.

  • Rare mutations linked to severity of autism symptoms
    3 November 2014
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    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.

  • Massive sequencing studies reveal key autism genes
    29 October 2014
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    Analyzing the sequences of more than 20,000 people, researchers have unearthed the largest and most robust list of autism genes so far, they reported today in Nature.

  • Scientists catalog effects of PTEN mutations in autism
    27 October 2014
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    People with autism who have mutations in a gene called PTEN have a distinct profile of cognitive impairments and structural abnormalities in the brain. The profile, published 7 October in Molecular Psychiatry, points to a subtype of autism with these features.

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