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  • Molecular mechanisms: Mutant star cells stunt neuron size
    1 April 2014
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    Support cells generated from people with Rett syndrome release molecules that alter the shape and function of neurons, according to a study published 27 February in Human Molecular Genetics.

  • The cerebellum's surprisingly evolved role in autism
    1 April 2014
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    Thought until recently to only coordinate motor skills, the cerebellum is involved in diverse cognitive functions such as language and social interaction, and may play a role in autism, says Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom.

  • New spike in autism numbers may reflect rise in awareness
    31 March 2014
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    About 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scientists from the organization reported Thursday.

  • Autism abounds in 'deprived' neighborhoods
    28 March 2014
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    Children living in low-income neighborhoods with high unemployment rates are more likely to be diagnosed with autism than are children who live in high-income communities, reports a large Swedish study published 26 February in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

  • Cognition and behavior: Brain symmetry atypical in autism
    28 March 2014
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    People with autism show diminished language activity in the left halves of their brains but otherwise show typical specialization between hemispheres, according to a study published 6 February in Molecular Autism.