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  • Cognition and behavior: High IQ linked to anxiety in autism
    23 May 2012
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    A high intelligence quotient, a good understanding of social skills, and aggressiveness may all contribute to anxiety in children with autism, according to a study published 14 March in The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

  • Rinse and repeat
    22 May 2012
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    Researchers typically use only one 'cohort,' a group of about three dozen mice, for a given set of experiments. When others repeat the experiments with a different set of animals, sometimes the results hold up, and sometimes they don’t.

  • Genetics: Mutations at neuronal junctions linked to autism
    22 May 2012
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    Researchers have identified four new mutations in the autism-linked gene neurexin-1 in individuals who have autism and severe intellectual disability, they reported 3 April in Neurobiology of Disease.

  • European consortium strives to spur autism drug development
    21 May 2012
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    A $38.7 million project in the European Union — the largest single grant for autism research in the world — aims to bring together academic labs and pharmaceutical companies to speed the move from basic to clinical research.

  • Early data suggest antibiotic helps treat fragile X syndrome
    19 May 2012
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    Preliminary results from a placebo-controlled trial of the antibiotic minocycline in children with fragile X syndrome suggest the drug alleviates some aspects of the disorder, according to research presented Friday at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Toronto.