Autism News

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October 16th, 2014
A tool enhances social inclusion for people with autism
The University of Alicante has developed, together with centres in the UK, Spain and Bulgaria, a tool designed to assist people with autism spectrum disorders by adapting written documents into a...

October 14th, 2014
Could a chemical in broccoli, sprouts help treat autism?
A new study finds that a chemical found in broccoli and other vegetables - sulforaphane - could help improve some behavioral symptoms in people with autism.

October 12th, 2014
UCLA study finds link between neural stem cell overgrowth and autism-like behavior in mice
People with autism spectrum disorder often experience a period of accelerated brain growth after birth. No one knows why, or whether the change is linked to any specific behavioral changes.

October 7th, 2014
Early intervention program benefits young children with autism, improves parent-child interactions
A parent coaching intervention brings meaningful benefits for preschool-aged children with autism-spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a clinical trial in the October Journal of Developmental ...

October 3rd, 2014
New learning mechanism for individual nerve cells
The traditional view is that learning is based on the strengthening or weakening of the contacts between the nerve cells in the brain.

October 3rd, 2014
Assessment protocol shows potential to diagnose autism in Tanzania
Researchers at Brown University and the University of Georgia have developed and tested an approach for diagnosing autism in Tanzania, where such clinical assessment and intervention services are...

September 30th, 2014
More sedentary behaviour found in children with autism
A new Oregon State University study of children with autism found that they are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and...

September 26th, 2014
Interpregnancy intervals of less than 1 year or more than 5 years increases risk of autism
A study published in the Month 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that children who were conceived either less than 1 year or more than 5 years...

September 24th, 2014
Blocking one gene could aid social behavior in some forms of autism, IU scientists report
Blocking a single gene that is active in the brain could provide a means to lessen behavioral problems among children with a common genetic disease, many of whom are also diagnosed with an autism...

September 24th, 2014
Boys with autism demonstrate surprising strength in grammar processing
Autism is often characterized by language and communication deficits. Yet a study by neuroscientists found that boys with high-functioning autism were significantly faster at a key task of grammar...

September 24th, 2014
Autism diagnosis and classification could be improved by brainwave test
A new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University suggests that measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying...

September 23rd, 2014
Brain differences in autistic males with early language delay
Comparing the brains of autistic men who did and did not experience delayed language onset in childhood, researchers have uncovered brain volume differences.

September 23rd, 2014
Maternal iron intake linked to offspring autism risk
Children whose mothers did not take iron supplements while pregnant are at significantly greater risk of autism, claim researchers, in the first study to link iron to autism risk.

September 22nd, 2014
Symptoms of autism common in people with Jacobsen syndrome
A rare genetic disorder known as Jacobsen syndrome has been linked with autism, according to a recent joint investigation by researchers at San Diego State University and the University of...

September 22nd, 2014
Mutations in gene linked to brain development 'may be a cause of autism'
Researchers have identified mutations in a gene linked to brain development that they believe may be a cause of severe autism. The gene is also linked to another related to speech.

September 20th, 2014
Risk of adolescent mental health disorders affected by size at birth
New research from the Copenhagen Centre for Social Evolution and Yale University offers compelling support for the general evolutionary theory that birth-weight and birth-length can partially predict...

September 18th, 2014
Parts of the brain's cortex develop differently in people with schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is generally considered to be a disorder of brain development and it shares many risk factors, both genetic and environmental, with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and...

September 16th, 2014
Discovery of "seesaw circuit" in brains of mice has implications for autism
Humans with autism often show a reduced frequency of social interactions and an increased tendency to engage in repetitive solitary behaviors.

September 9th, 2014
Autism treatment in infancy 'may prevent further symptoms'
A researcher who has developed an autism therapy for infants claims that, by beginning treatment as soon as symptoms appear, full onset of symptoms can be avoided by age 3.

September 9th, 2014
How do sex hormones influence autism risk?
A new study investigates why males are much more likely to have autism than females, by measuring estrogen receptor levels in the brain tissue of autism spectrum disorder patients.

September 5th, 2014
Autism medications' effectiveness may be reduced by poor stomach absorption of drugs
Recent research has revealed that many children and adults with autism experience gastrointestinal symptoms and that such symptoms can impact the absorption and availability of medications.

September 4th, 2014
Researchers find possible root of autism in early cerebellum injury
A brain region largely known for coordinating motor control has a largely overlooked role in childhood development that could reveal information crucial to understanding the onset of autism...

September 2nd, 2014
Changes in ADNP gene may be among the most common causes of autism
A new study from Bradley Hospital has identified a genetic change in a recently identified autism-associated gene, which may provide further insight into the causes of autism.

September 2nd, 2014
Pilot study of socially-assistive robots that help children with autism to learn imitative behavior
A team of researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering share results from a pilot study on the effects of using humanoid robots to help children with autism practice imitation behavior in...

August 28th, 2014
Previously reported autism risk appears to be attributable to mother's prenatal antidepression, not medication
Previous studies that have suggested an increased risk of autism among children of women who took antidepressants during pregnancy may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe...