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  • Clinical research: Signs of autism emerge in infancy
    28 March 2012
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    Warning signs of autism, such as deficits in social ability and fine motor skills, are apparent as early as 6 months of age, according to a large longitudinal study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

  • Uncommon testing
    27 March 2012
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    A new study published in the Journal of Genetic Counseling confirms the relative infrequency of genetic testing for autism.

  • Cognition and behavior: Mirror neurons age normally in autism
    27 March 2012
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    Age-related changes to the mirror neuron system — a pathway thought to be involved in empathy — are no different in individuals with autism compared with controls, according to a meta-analysis published 1 February in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. The results challenge previous reports that suggest deficits in the mirror neuron system diminish with age in individuals with autism.

  • Researchers seek 'active ingredients' of early intervention
    26 March 2012
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    Early intensive intervention is the only therapy that has been shown to be effective in young children with autism, according to a 2011 review of autism treatments commissioned by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. But researchers are just beginning to tease out what they refer to as its ‘active ingredients:’ why the treatment works, which elements are essential and why it fails to help some children.

  • Big neuroscience
    23 March 2012
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    Two large-scale neuroscience projects aim to integrate many different types of information about the brain into cohesive models and to share resources with the research community.