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  • Clinical research: Father's age affects child's risks
    22 April 2014
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    Children born to fathers older than 45 years have a heightened risk of developing a range of conditions, from autism to addiction, according to a large Swedish study published 1 April in JAMA Psychiatry.

  • Clinical research: Seizures common with 15q11-13 duplication
    18 April 2014
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    People with duplications of the 15q11-13 chromosomal region, which is linked to certain neurological disorders, can experience a variety of seizures, according to a study published 6 February in Epilepsia. They may also respond better to some seizure medications than others.

  • Molecular mechanisms: Gene marker may alter autism brains
    15 April 2014
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    In the brains of people with autism, certain genes are suppressed by a chemical tag that increases binding to MeCP2, the protein implicated in Rett syndrome. The findings were published 21 January in Translational Psychiatry.

  • Cognition and behavior: Mirror neurons normal in autism
    11 April 2014
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    Mirror neurons, which fire when a person performs or observes an action, function just as well in young children with autism as they do in their typically developing peers. The finding, reported 10 February in Autism Research, boosts evidence against a popular theory of autism.

  • Genetics: New autism mutations affect DNA packaging
    8 April 2014
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    Mutations in a gene associated with DNA packaging may lead to autism and intellectual disability, suggests a study published 16 February in Nature Genetics.

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