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Autism and related disorders are characterized by impaired social interactions, impaired social communication, restricted and repetitive behavior and interests, and impulsivity.

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There are no drug treatments proven to affect the core symptoms of autism. The following drugs and alternative therapies have been used experimentally and to manage associated symptoms.

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Study finds new ADHD genes, links susceptibility with autism and other neuropsychiatric conditions
Aug 11, 2011
New research has identified more genes in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and shows that there is an overlap between some of these genes and those found in other neuropsychiatric conditions such as autism spectrum disorder.
Brain imaging research reveals why autistic individuals confuse pronouns
Aug 01, 2011
A new brain imaging study published in the journal Brain provides an explanation as to why autistic individuals' use of the wrong pronoun is more than simply a word choice problem. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging found that errors in choosing a self-referring pronoun reflect a disordered neural representation of the self, a function processed by at least 2 brain areas—1 frontal and 1 posterior.
Weak synchronization in toddler brains may be a biological marker for autism
Jul 25, 2011
Scientists have found, for the first time, a method that can accurately identify a biological sign of autism in very young toddlers. By scanning the brain activity of sleeping children, the scientists discovered that the autistic brains exhibited significantly weaker synchronization between brain areas tied to language and communication, compared to that of nonautistic children.
New clinical trial to examine medication to treat social withdrawal in fragile X and autism patients
Jul 20, 2011
Children and adults with social withdrawal due to Fragile X syndrome, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and the most common known single gene cause of autism, may benefit from an experimental drug under study by pediatric neurologists at Rush Children’s Hospital at Rush University Medical Center.
Biomarker for autism discovered
Jul 12, 2011
Siblings of people with autism show a similar pattern of brain activity to that seen in people with autism when looking at emotional facial expressions. University of Cambridge researchers identified the reduced activity in a part of the brain associated with empathy and argue it may be a 'biomarker' for a familial risk of autism.
Study of twins suggests genetic component of autism spectrum disorders may be moderate
Jul 05, 2011
After evaluating twin pairs in which at least one child has autism or autism spectrum disorder, researchers suggest that the shared environment may play a more substantial role in development of the condition than shared genes do.
Research provides important insight into ‘systemizing’ theory of autism
Jun 20, 2011
A new study from Cambridge University has for the first time found that autism diagnoses are more common in an information-technology rich region. The study, published today in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, has important implications for service provision in different regions and for the ‘hyper-systemizing’ theory of autism.
Researchers discover many genetic keys needed to unlock autism
Jun 08, 2011
Hundreds of small genetic variations are associated with autism spectrum disorders, including an area of DNA that may be a key to understanding why humans are social animals, according to a multisite collaborative study led by researchers at Yale University.
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