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  • Molecular mechanisms: Autism mutations cause cell stress
    25 September 2012
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    Autism-linked mutations in CNTNAP2 prevent proper localization and folding of the protein and activate a cellular stress response, according to a study published 23 August in Human Molecular Genetics.

  • 'Noisy' brain signals could underlie autism, study says
    24 September 2012
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    Sensory responses in the brain of an individual with autism vary much more than in someone without the disorder, according to a study published 20 September in Neuron. This may explain why some people with autism are extremely sensitive to lights and sounds.

  • Economic imperative
    21 September 2012
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    The cost of caring for individuals with autism increases throughout childhood and adolescence, by approximately five percent with each year of age.

  • Cognition and behavior: Autism model mice ignore playmates
    21 September 2012
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    Mice lacking EN2, an autism-linked gene, have a range of behavioral problems, including social deficits, problems with learning and memory, and motor abnormalities, according to a study published 19 July in PLoS One.

  • Drug improves social deficits in fragile X syndrome
    19 September 2012
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    A drug called arbaclofen improves behavioral problems in people with fragile X syndrome, an inherited condition that can lead to mental retardation and autism, according to the results of a clinical trial published today in Science Translational Medicine. A second study published in the same journal showed that the drug restores normal brain function in a mouse model of the disorder.