Top Ten 2012

Hundreds of Tiny Mutations Linked to Autism

Many arise spontaneously in germ cells; may explain why autism risk higher among children of older fathers

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Field Trials Suggest New Criteria for Diagnosing Autism 'Reliable'

American Psychiatric Association approves DSM-5 changes; autism advocates call for further study 

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Mounting Evidence of Critical Need for Adult Transition Support

Young adults with autism less likely than any other disability group to be employed or enrolled in higher education 

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Insights into Immune Changes & Autism

Researchers produce autism behaviors in mice by mimicking infection during pregnancy; reverse symptoms by resetting offspring’s immune system

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Peer Training Outperforms Traditional Autism Interventions

Training classmates produces greater gains in social inclusion than even one-on-one training between therapist and child 

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Arbaclofen Shows Promise for Treating Core Symptoms of Autism

Compound advances into larger clinical trials; could pave the way for other future medicines as well

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CDC Revises Estimate of Autism Prevalence: 1 in 88

Continuing increase in prevalence reaffirms public-health crisis

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Deeper Understanding of Link between Chemical Pollutants and Autism

The year brought advances in understanding whether and how chemical pollutants affect brain development in ways that may predispose to autism

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Early Intervention Program Alters Brain Activity in Children with Autism

Clinical study of Early Start Denver Model intervention shows that it improves not only social skills, but also brain responses to social cues

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Top Ten Autism Research Advances of 2012

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