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Serotonin Revived as a Possible Target for Autism Treatments

Speeding up the chemical messenger’s action makes autism-modeling mice more social

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Numerous Health Problems Burden Young Adults with Autism

Young people with autism have more psychiatric and medical conditions than do their typical peers or those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

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Autism Prevalence Jumps 16 Percent, CDC Says

Rising awareness of the condition’s characteristics may contribute to an increase in reporting 

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The Prevalence of Autism in the U.S. Appears Steady

New data suggest the rate hovers between two and three percent

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Unmasking Anxiety in Autism

Anxiety can assume unusual forms—turning uncertainty, or even a striped couch, into a constant worry

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Oxytocin Nasal Spray May Boost Social Skills in Children with Autism

Study suggests a biomarker for treatment with the “love hormone”

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The Real Reasons Autism Rates Are Up in the U.S.

A hard look at whether the rise comes from more awareness, better diagnosis—or something else 

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Mice Take Selfies of Their Own Brains

Rodents learn to put their heads under a microscope as a daily routine, letting researchers peer into their brains while the animals are relaxed and happy

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Does the Immune System Have a Role in Battling Autism?

New study finds mice may need infection-fighting molecules to socialize

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