Autism News

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December 15th, 2014
Memory formation in fragile X syndrome strengthened by multiple, short learning sessions
A learning technique that maximizes the brain's ability to make and store memories may help overcome cognitive issues seen in fragile X syndrome, a leading form of intellectual disability, according...

December 11th, 2014
Brain study shows inflammation is a marker of autism
Using the largest data set for a study on gene expression and autism, researchers found the brains of people with autism have inflammation response genes perpetually turned on.

December 9th, 2014
Preeclampsia during pregnancy and child's autism risk linked
A large population-based, case-controlled study finds a link between children diagnosed with autism and their mothers experiencing preeclampsia during pregnancy.

December 5th, 2014
Researchers pinpoint chemo effect on brain cells, potential link to autism
The common chemotherapy drug topotecan disrupts a gene integral for neuron communication, though the effects are reversible. The research also homes in on an underlying cause of autism.

December 5th, 2014
Autism and gender nonconformity combined present unique challenges
The challenges in providing psychotherapy to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who also are struggling with their gender identity are explored in two case studies of high-functioning...

December 4th, 2014
Altered 'thought-markers' of autism identified by new tool
Psychiatric disorders -- including autism -- are characterized and diagnosed based on a clinical assessment of verbal and physical behavior.

December 3rd, 2014
Minute movements of autistic children and their parents provide clue to severity of disorder
Imperceptible variations in movement patterns among individuals with autism spectrum disorder are important indicators of the severity of the disorder in children and adults, according to a report...

November 30th, 2014
Why faces are seen differently in autism
The way people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gather information - not the judgement process itself - might explain why they gain different perceptions from peoples' faces, according to a new...

November 28th, 2014
Researchers identify drug target for behavioral symptoms of fragile X syndrome
Researchers have discovered that by blocking a molecule called eIF4E, they can reverse the behavioral symptoms of fragile X syndrome - the most common genetic cause of autism.

November 26th, 2014
Missing gene linked to autism
Researchers at the University of Leeds have shed light on a gene mutation linked to autistic traits.

November 26th, 2014
Mouse study identifies malfunctioning neural circuit at the root of motor impairments seen in autism
Abnormal connections between neurons are the likely cause of motor coordination issues seen in autism spectrum disorder.

November 24th, 2014
Findings presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting by Johns Hopkins scientists
A Blood Pressure Hormone Implicated in PsychosisIn an effort to find a marker that predicts psychosis, postdoctoral researcher Lindsay Hayes, Ph.D.

November 21st, 2014
Serotonin's early role in the assembly of brain circuits
A lot of research has shown that poor regulation of the serotonin system, caused by certain genetic variations, can increase the risk of developing psychiatric illnesses such as autism, depression...

November 18th, 2014
New insights that link Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability (ID), as well as the most frequent monogenic cause of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

November 18th, 2014
New player identified in brain function and memory
Is it possible to change the amount of information the brain can store? Maybe, according to a new international study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC).

November 17th, 2014
Recognising changing facial expressions a problem in autism
People on the autistic spectrum may struggle to recognise social cues, unfamiliar people or even someone's gender because of an inability to interpret changing facial expressions, new research has...

November 17th, 2014
Study shows how brain maps develop to help us perceive the world
Driving to work becomes routine--but could you drive the entire way in reverse gear? Humans, like many animals, are accustomed to seeing objects pass behind us as we go forward.

November 14th, 2014
New mouse model demonstrates how the brain develops in individuals with autism
Mutated gene causes parts of the brain to degenerate, leading to behavioral deficits, geneticists from Heidelberg publish study in Molecular Psychiatry, better understanding can help deal with...

November 13th, 2014
Clues to ADHD, autism and bipolar disorder offered by 'darting' mice
A darting mouse may hold an important clue in the development of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism and bipolar disorder, according to a study by a Vanderbilt University-led...

November 13th, 2014
New genetic links in autism
For answers, researchers turned to mice, stem cells and the 'tooth fairy'With the help of mouse models, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and the "tooth fairy," researchers at the University...

November 12th, 2014
New findings challenge assumptions about how information is encoded in the brain
Think about all the things you are doing at this moment. As your eyes scan across the lines of this article, maybe your brain is processing the smell of coffee brewing down the hall and the sound of...

November 11th, 2014
Black, Hispanic children underrepresented in autism identification
The number of children diagnosed with autism has increased in recent years, but a new study co-authored by a University of Kansas professor shows that while the number of students with autism...

November 7th, 2014
Images captured of a protein complex that keeps hearts beating
For years, a multidisciplinary team of Johns Hopkins researchers has tracked an elusive creature, a complex of proteins thought to be at fault in some cases of sudden cardiac death.

November 7th, 2014
Brain changes linked to prematurity may explain risk of neurodevelopmental disorders
Disturbances in the early stages of brain growth, such as preterm birth - when many of the brain's structures have not yet fully developed - appears to affect the brain's neuro-circuitry, which may...

November 6th, 2014
Link discovered between oxytocin levels in blood and cerebrospinal fluid
For years, scientists have debated how best to assess brain levels of oxytocin, a hormone implicated in social behaviors.