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  • In defense of childhood disintegrative disorder
    3 April 2012
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    Childhood disintegrative disorder represents a distinct entity within the autism spectrum and it should remain a separate diagnostic category, says Kevin Pelphrey.

  • Analysis of new diagnostic criteria for autism sparks debate
    2 April 2012
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    A new analysis of proposed changes to the diagnostic criteria for autism suggests that the revision could exclude a substantial number of people with high-functioning autism. But critics say the study is fundamentally flawed.

  • Rising rates
    30 March 2012
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    A new report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention finds that autism rates have risen 23 percent since 2009, from 1 in 110 children to 1 in 88.

  • Molecular mechanisms: Extra MeCP2 affects brain signaling
    30 March 2012
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    Mice with an extra copy of MeCP2, the Rett syndrome gene, have impaired signaling between neurons in the hippocampus, a brain region that plays an important role in memory, according to a study published 29 February in The Journal of Neuroscience.