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  • Guest blog: A cautionary tale for autism drug development
    15 April 2014
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    Poorly designed animal drug studies for motor disorders have led to spurious conclusions for the clinical trials that follow. This may be even more true for autism research, says Michael Ehlers.

  • Study implicates obese fathers in children’s autism risk
    11 April 2014
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    The children of obese fathers may be at a 53 percent higher risk of autism than children whose fathers are a healthy weight, reports a large Norwegian study published 7 April in Pediatrics.

  • New tests extend prospects for 'reading the mind in the eyes'
    8 April 2014
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    Researchers have revamped a screen for ‘mind blindness’ — an impaired understanding of others’ intentions and perspectives — which is a key deficit in autism. The revised test may shed light on how autism develops.


  • Study flags role of birth complications in autism
    4 April 2014
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    Three factors related to childbirth — preterm delivery, small size at birth and cesarean delivery — contribute to autism prevalence in the U.S., according to a study published in April in Annals of Epidemiology.

  • Guest blog: The case for using 'prebiotics'
    1 April 2014
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    Prebiotics — nutrients that promote the growth of some beneficial gut bacteria — can influence brain chemistry and behavior. New findings suggest prebiotics as treatments for people with neurological disorders, say Sarkis Mazmanian and Gil Sharon.

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