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  • Identity of autism-linked maternal antibodies revealed
    2 May 2013
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    Researchers have identified six fetal brain proteins that bind to maternal antibodies, which are thought to trigger changes to the fetal brain and raise the risk of autism. They presented their findings today at the International Meeting for Autism Research in San Sebastián, Spain.

  • Reward study questions autism mouse model's relevance
    2 May 2013
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    The BTBR mouse model, an asocial strain often used to study autism, may not be optimal for autism research, suggests an unpublished study presented today at the 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research in San Sebastián, Spain.

  • Behavioral therapy normalizes activity in autism brains
    2 May 2013
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    Pivotal response training, a form of behavioral therapy for autism, alters brain activity in children with the disorder, normalizing it in some regions and triggering compensatory activity in others, according to a small study. The unpublished results were presented Wednesday at the International Meeting for Autism Research in San Sebastián, Spain.

  • Reactions from IMFAR
    30 April 2013
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    We check in from the 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research with daily reactions from this year’s attendees.

  • Angelman syndrome drug shows promise in mouse study
    29 April 2013
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    Two weeks of treatment with a cancer drug called topotecan boosts expression for a year of the gene that's deficient in Angelman syndrome, according to unpublished mouse research presented 20 March at the New York Academy of Sciences.