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  • Minority delay
    6 March 2012
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    Minority children tend to show more severe symptoms of autism early on, regardless of social class.

  • Genetics: Maternal and paternal age increase risk of autism
    6 March 2012
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    The odds of having a child with autism begin to rise at age 35 for both men and women, but that risk does not increase further when both parents are over 35, according to a large study published in the March issue of Annals of Epidemiology.

  • Looking at autism through the fruit fly
    6 March 2012
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    The characteristics, interactions and roles of autism-associated genes in the fruit flies' brain will help guide how we think about the same genes in humans, says Ralph Greenspan.

  • Large eye-tracking study highlights diversity of autism
    5 March 2012
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    Children with autism who have different verbal and intellectual abilities seem to glean useful social information from different parts of the face, according to the largest-ever eye-tracking study of the disorder. The findings are published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

  • Stunted growth
    2 March 2012
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    Scientists worry that funding cuts to the National Children’s Study, an ambitious effort to track 100,000 children in the United States from before birth through age 21, may harm recruitment efforts.