Autism News

Courtesy of Medical News Today.

April 27th, 2016
Study may explain gene's role in major psychiatric disorders
Gene associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, ADHD, and depression linked to brain cell death in mice.

April 26th, 2016
GI problems in autism may originate in genes, study suggests
Gene linked to autism lowers serotonin activity in mice, slows movement in gut.

April 22nd, 2016
Review assesses published research on brain changes associated with autism
A recent review that examined all published studies on anatomical abnormalities in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder found substantial discrepancy throughout the literature...

April 21st, 2016
Scientist models Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome in adult stem cells
Studies performed by a Sanford Research scientist using an innovative stem-cell model for a fatal developmental disorder is the focus of a recent study published in Nature Medicine.

April 17th, 2016
Autism patients have more cancer gene mutations but lower cancer risk
Despite patients with autism having more cancer-related gene mutations than those without autism, they are less likely to develop the disease, a new study suggests.

April 15th, 2016
Brain scan method may help detect autism
Many doctors and scientists think they could improve the diagnosis and understanding of autism spectrum disorders if they had reliable means to identify specific abnormalities in the brain.

April 15th, 2016
Improved brain mapping tool 20 times more powerful than previous version
Salk Institute scientists have developed a new reagent to map the brain's complex network of connections that is 20 times more efficient than their previous version.

April 13th, 2016
UI researchers find benefits to using telehealth with ASD families
Telemedicine can save families, clinics time and money.Telemedicine - connecting health care providers and patients via computer or smart phone for diagnosis and treatment -- has been making it...

April 12th, 2016
Neuronal structures associated with memory sprout in response to novel molecules
Drug candidates protect neurons against damage from substance implicated in Alzheimer's disease.

April 11th, 2016
Whites receive more state funding for autism services than other racial/ethnic groups in California
UC Davis evaluation also shows autism-related spending increases with age.Whites with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in California receive more state funding than Hispanics, African Americans...

April 7th, 2016
Brain responses found to originate from previously unknown source
Discovery will inform further research into hearing disorders and brain training.

April 7th, 2016
For parents of autistic children, more social support means better health
About one in 681 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

April 6th, 2016
DiGeorge Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Learn about DiGeorge syndrome, also known as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a chromosomal disorder that causes several body systems to develop poorly.

April 5th, 2016
Review examines functioning, disability, and health in patients with autism spectrum disorder
A recent review and analysis of the medical literature has helped determine what constitutes the relevant aspects of ability and disability in individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorder.

April 5th, 2016
New study adds key piece to autism puzzle
Where do your eyes focus during a conversation? An innovative study by University of Vermont researchers reveals that for children with autism spectrum disorder, the answer depends on how emotional...

March 31st, 2016
CDC estimates 1 in 68 school-aged children have autism; no change from previous estimate
Too soon to say whether autism prevalence stabilizing.An estimated 1 in 68 (14.

March 31st, 2016
Remote eye gaze tracking as a marker for autism
A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports that eye tracking can differentiate children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from...

March 31st, 2016
"Cancer gene" twice as likely to be defective in children with autism
A large study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found that a gene whose role is to suppress cellular damage from environmental stressors is nearly twice as likely to be defective...

March 31st, 2016
Fungicides trigger autism-related gene expression changes in mice
Mouse neurons exposed to a new class of fungicides called strobilurins showed gene expression changes similar to those found in people with autism and Alzheimer's in a new study.

March 29th, 2016
Study: Autism intervention studies lack diversity
Autism affects children from all walks of life, and education professionals need scientifically based interventions to help those affected develop reading and other life skills.

March 29th, 2016
"I care for you", says the autistic moral brain
A new study disproves a common stereotype about autism."Autistic people are cold and feel no empathy." True?

March 29th, 2016
Genetic changes that cause autism are more diverse than previously thought
The types of gene mutations that contribute to autism are more diverse than previously thought, report researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in the March 24 online...

March 28th, 2016
Neuron type-specific gene loss linked to Angelman syndrome seizures
The gene UBE3A plays a critical role in early neurological development. If UBE3A is overexpressed - or if the enzymatic function of UBE3A protein is hyperactive - autism ensues.

March 25th, 2016
A study demonstrates the possibility of changing the behavior of the gaze by transcranial magnetic stimulation
A study financed by the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris has been conducted under the direction of Monica Zilbovicius in the Inserm Unit 1000 on a particular region of the brain, the superior...

March 23rd, 2016
Newly discovered brain mechanism could change understanding of cognitive diseases from ADHD to autism
Evidence is mounting that a gene called PTCHD1 helps the brain sort between important sights and sounds - and distractions.