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Co-occurring conditions in autistic teens increase with age

The most prevalent conditions include obesity, neurological disorders, anxiety and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

By Calli McMurray
8 August 2023 | 1 min read

Cluster of traits tied to rare mutations in autism-linked gene

Developmental delay, intellectual disability and behavioral issues are common among people who have mutations in MYT1L, a gene with strong ties to autism.

By Anna Goshua
20 December 2021 | 3 min read
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Immune markers in newborns show complex relationship with autism odds

Newborns with either above- or below-average levels of an immune-system marker, among other differences, have increased odds of being autistic.

By Laura Dattaro
19 October 2020 | 6 min read
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Calling on primary care providers to help autistic children with weight issues

Pediatric primary care practitioners have a critical responsibility to provide guidance for autistic children struggling with weight gain, and to advocate for them at home and at school.

By Carol Curtin, Sarabeth Broder-Fingert
23 June 2020 | 5 min read
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Long-term study charts trajectory of fragile X syndrome into adulthood

For people with fragile X syndrome, progress in daily living skills and behavior tends to stall later in life.

By Chloe Williams
16 March 2020 | 4 min read
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Diabetes drug delivers multiple benefits for people with fragile X syndrome

Researcher Randi Hagerman is a big proponent of metformin — a diabetes drug that she is testing in people with fragile X syndrome. In fact, Hagerman takes the drug herself as a preventive measure against cancer.

By Polina Porotskaya
17 September 2019 | 6 min read
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Spectrum Stories: The benefits of genetic testing in autism

Finding a mutation linked to autism traits can have life-changing consequences for autistic individuals and their families.

By Ben Kuebrich
18 March 2019 | 1 min read
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Why genetic tests matter for autistic people

Genetic tests for people with autism are far from routine and don't always yield results, but the information they offer can change lives.

By Jessica Wright
30 January 2019 | 13 min read
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Notable papers in autism research in 2018

This year's list of top papers highlights new dimensions in our understanding of autism genetics and hints at novel treatments.

By Spectrum
21 December 2018 | 4 min read
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Study links autism to high levels of fat hormone

Autism may be accompanied by high levels of the hormone leptin in early childhood.

By Jessica Wright
7 December 2018 | 4 min read

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