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  • Short screening tool flags children with autism
    3 October 2012
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    A subset of questions on two behavioral screens can distinguish children with autism from those with other developmental disorders, according to a study published 23 August in Autism.

  • Molecular mechanisms: Autism gene linked to fragile X traits
    3 October 2012
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    Deleting CYFIP1, a gene within a region linked to Angelman syndrome and autism, in mice leads to symptoms reminiscent of fragile X syndrome, according to a study published 10 August in PLoS One.

  • Guest blog: Speedy mice
    2 October 2012
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    Amphetamines and other compounds with stimulant properties may improve social behaviors in a subset of individuals who have autism with hyperactivity, says Jill Silverman.

  • Placenta plays potent role in autism risk
    2 October 2012
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    As the central organ regulating maternal-fetal interactions, the placenta is perfectly positioned to mediate environmental and genetic risk factors during prenatal development. It may also relay risk factors for autism to the fetus, says Paul Patterson.

  • Cognition and behavior: Bilingualism aids people with autism
    2 October 2012
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    Being fluent in both English and Spanish may boost the use of communicative gestures in children with autism, according to a study published 1 August in the Journal of Child Neurology