Autism News

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October 20th, 2016
Folinic acid could help children with autism communicate better
Preliminary study also identifies specific biomarkers that can predict treatment response in children with autism and verbal communication problems.

October 13th, 2016
Study finds differences in obesity rates between children/teens with and without autism
Children and teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be more likely to be obese and stay obese during adolescence than their peers without ASD, according to a new epidemiological study led by...

October 3rd, 2016
Autism: Disruption of a uniquely human developmental program
Every time a child or adult learns something new, new contacts form between neurons in the brain. This process (synaptogenesis) is especially active in children during the first 10 years of life.

September 27th, 2016
'Teashirt' gene links autism and kidney problems, new study finds
A gene dubbed the 'Teashirt' by its discoverers has been identified as a link between children with kidney problems and autism, in a new study which has implications for how doctors working on both...

September 19th, 2016
Link discovered between touch of individuals with autism and their social difficulties
The sense of touch may play a more crucial role in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than previously assumed.

September 19th, 2016
Study finds that belief that Tourette's patients are aggressive to be a myth
It is commonly believed that people with Tourette's syndrome tend to be aggressive.

August 30th, 2016
New iPad game could help diagnose autism in children
Autism could be diagnosed by allowing children to play games on smart phones and tablets, a study involving the University of Strathclyde has found.

August 25th, 2016
Metformin associated with decreasing weight gain in kids with autism
The diabetes medication metformin hydrochloride was associated with decreased weight gain in a small clinical trial of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder who were taking...

August 25th, 2016
Chemicals banned decades ago linked to increased autism risk today
Chemicals used in certain pesticides and as insulating material banned in the 1970s may still be haunting us, according to new research that suggests links between higher levels of exposure during...

August 23rd, 2016
Autism risk increased with prenatal exposure to banned chemicals
Exposure to organochlorines - chemicals banned in the U.S. in the 1970s - in pregnancy may increase offspring's autism risk by 80 percent, study finds.

August 12th, 2016
Simple, sensitive, and cost-effective assays for analyzing fragile X
Tests useful for preclinical and clinical research on a genetic mutation related to autism and intellectual disability may become more available, reports The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.

August 9th, 2016
Autism risk in younger children increases if they have older sibling with disorder
A new Kaiser Permanente study found that the risk of younger siblings developing an autism spectrum disorder is 14 times higher if an older sibling has ASD.

August 2nd, 2016
Princeton researchers identify autism genes using new approach
Princeton University and Simons Foundation researchers have developed a machine-learning approach that for the first time analyzes the entire human genome to predict which genes may cause autism...

July 27th, 2016
Hearing test may identify autism risk
Researchers have identified an inner ear deficiency in children with Autism that may impact their ability to recognize speech.

July 25th, 2016
Labor induction: No association with autism
Contrary to a previous study, new research from more than 1.3 million births concludes that there is no association between labor induction and autism.

July 21st, 2016
High quality MRIs without sedation are possible in severely affected children with autism
UC Davis researchers have found a way to get MRI images of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability without sedating them first using the principles of applied...

July 15th, 2016
Why scientists are calling for experiments on ecstasy
MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, promotes strong feelings of empathy in users and is classified as a Schedule 1 drug - a category reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high...

July 11th, 2016
New neurons reveal clues about an individual's autism
The brains of some people with autism spectrum disorder grow faster than usual early on in life, often before diagnosis.

July 7th, 2016
Neuroscience study identifies new trigger mechanism for fragile X syndrome in mice
Loss of astroglia-specific fragile X mental retardation protein contributes to fragile X syndrome.

July 4th, 2016
Acetaminophen use in pregnancy linked to autism, ADHD in offspring
Researchers find children born to mothers who used acetaminophen during pregnancy may be more likely to develop symptoms of autism or ADHD.

July 4th, 2016
Prenatal exposure to paracetamol may increase autism spectrum and hyperactivity symptoms in children
A new study has found that paracetamol (acetaminophen), which is used extensively during pregnancy, has a strong association with autism spectrum symptoms in boys and for both genders in relation...

June 21st, 2016
New brain map could enable novel therapies for autism and Huntington's disease
USC scientists have mapped an uncharted portion of the mouse brain to explain which circuit disruptions might occur in disorders such as Huntington's disease and autism.

June 17th, 2016
Specific gut bacteria reverse autism-like behavior in mice
Could autistic traits be partially controlled by the bacteria in our guts? New research demonstrates that this is a genuine possibility.

June 16th, 2016
Links between autism and epilepsy deepen
New research shows that having a first-degree relative with epilepsy significantly increases the risk of being diagnosed with autism.

June 11th, 2016
Brain activity differs between men and women when cooperating
In a cooperation task, researchers identified differences in the brain activity of men and women - even though they performed equally as well.