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Thursday, July 13, 2017

A new study suggests that our genes influence how we make eye contact with others during social situations. A failure to make eye contact is considered an early sign of autism.

Researchers measured the eye contact given by identical and fraternal twin pairs, who do not have autism. The identical twins, who share the same genes, had more similar eye gaze patterns than the fraternal twins, who share about half their genes. Unrelated children who were typically developing, as well as children with autism, had different patterns.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dr. Paul H. Lipkin, director of the Interactive Autism Network, participated in the first International Suicide in Autism Summit held in Newcastle, United Kingdom, this month. The summit's goal was to find ways to prevent the "worryingly high rates" of suicidal thoughts and behavior among people with autism. IAN is currently conducting research into mental health and suicidal behaviors in children and certain adults with autism.