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Researchers Unravel a Link Between a Genetic Mutation and Autistic Behaviors – and Then Find a Way to Undo It

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Scientists at the University at Buffalo have identified the mechanisms behind a genetic mutation that produces certain autistic behaviors in mice, as well as therapeutic strategies to restore normal behaviors.

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Sleep Quality Influences the Cognitive Performance of Autistic and Neurotypical Children

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One night of poor sleep significantly decreases performance on intelligence tests in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and also in neurotypical children (without ASD).

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GW Researcher Finds Differences in Brain Expression of RORA Gene May Contribute to Sex Bias in Autism

Valerie Hu, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has found an important sex-dependent difference in the level of RORA protein in brain tissues of males and females. Specifically, females without autism have a slightly higher level of RORA in the frontal cortex of the brain than males without autism, while the levels of the protein are comparably lower in the brain of both males and females with autism.

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Autism and Rare Childhood Speech Disorder Often Coincide

Some children with autism should undergo ongoing screenings for apraxia, a rare neurological speech disorder, because the two conditions often go hand-in-hand, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Fact or Fiction: Vaccine Myths

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccines have saved more the 732,000 lives in the past two decades and studies have repeatedly shown that they are the best way to protect our communities from some of the deadliest illnesses. Still, there is a lot of confusing information about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines and it can be difficult to discern fact from fiction.

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Researchers from Montefiore and Einstein to Present Findings at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting

Investigators will present data from more than 50 studies on topics including adolescent sexual risk, co-locating behavioral health and primary care services, childhood obesity, asthma and autism.

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Discovery May Open Door for Treating Fragile X Carriers

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Fragile X syndrome, an inherited cause of autism and intellectual disability, can have consequences even for carriers of the disorder. Researchers have identified a potential target for treatments for these carriers.

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Autism and Prodigy Share a Common Genetic Link

Researchers have uncovered the first evidence of a genetic link between prodigy and autism. The scientists found that child prodigies in their sample share some of the same genetic variations with people who have autism.

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Parent Training Significantly Reduces Disruptive Behavior in Children with Autism

A new study suggests that doctors may want to focus on parents and not just on their patients when it comes to caring for children with autism spectrum disorder. The study, published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that parents who were taught specific behavior management skills saw a dramatic improvement in their child’s behavior.

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No Association Found Between MMR Vaccine and Autism, Even Among Children at Higher Risk

In a study that included approximately 95,000 children with older siblings, receipt of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine was not associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), regardless of whether older siblings had ASD, findings that indicate no harmful association between receipt of MMR vaccine and ASD even among children already at higher risk for ASD, according to a study in the April 21 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on child health.