Autism News

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April 17th, 2015
Parental concerns strongly predict developmental issues, including autism spectrum disorder
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can develop symptoms before 2 years of age and usually can be diagnosed by 3 years of age; early identification of ASD is associated with improved...

April 17th, 2015
Violent video games not linked to aggression in adults with autism
Effects of violent games on aggression are similar for adults with and without autism, study findsFollowing the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, some in the media and the public speculated...

April 15th, 2015
Autism: new studies investigate diagnosis time and identify epigenetic signatures
Across two new studies, Johns Hopkins and Oregon State researchers identify epigenetic variations associated with ASD in parental sperm and assess diagnosis time for ASD children.

April 15th, 2015
Balanced behavior with IRBIT
Regulating hyperactivity and social interactionsHyperactivity and social abnormalities are defining characteristics of ADHD and autism, two developmental disorders that parents and scientists...

April 15th, 2015
Maternal gestational diabetes linked to autism risk for offspring
A new study suggests that exposure to gestational diabetes while in utero could increase the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder for children.

April 14th, 2015
Study finds gestational diabetes associated with greater risk of autism in children
Children whose mothers developed gestational diabetes by the 26th week of pregnancy were at increased risk of developing autism later in life, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published...

April 13th, 2015
Autism's early neuronal 'neighborhood'
SDSU scientists find that in children with autism, sensorimotor regions of the brain become overconnected at the expense of later-developing higher-order functionsIn early childhood, the neurons...

April 10th, 2015
Could story-based video games help people with autism?
New research finds that nonviolent, story-based games may boost players' 'theory of mind' - the ability to accurately assess other people's mental states.

April 10th, 2015
'Autism discovery' - brain imaging reveals language development differences
Brain scans of toddlers, done before any childhood diagnosis on the autism spectrum, reveal a language-development discovery, and raise new research hopes, say neuroscientists.

April 9th, 2015
TSRI scientists find molecular trigger of schizophrenia-like behaviors and brain changes
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a molecule in the brain that triggers schizophrenia-like behaviors, brain changes and global gene expression in an animal model.

April 8th, 2015
Discovering the relationship between autism and epilepsy
Researchers at the University of Veracruz (UV), in the west coast of Mexico, study the neurobiological link between the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and epilepsy, in order to understand the...

April 6th, 2015
Delayed diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder, Australia
Less than 3% of Australian children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder are being identified by the age of 2, the earliest age ASD can be reliably diagnosed, according to research published in...

April 5th, 2015
Mighty microexons take center stage in shaping of the brain
Complex brain disorders, such as autism or schizophrenia, still puzzle scientists because their causes lie hidden in early events of brain development, which are still poorly understood.

April 3rd, 2015
Kaiser Permanente launches autism family genetics study
A new Kaiser Permanente study will gather genetic material from 5,000 member families in order to undertake urgently needed research on autism spectrum disorders.

April 1st, 2015
Raising awareness of the myths of autism spectrum disorder
For National Autism Awareness Month, we take a look at some of the most common misconceptions surrounding autism spectrum disorder.

April 1st, 2015
Discovering age-specific brain changes in autism
The field of autism research has tried to find a central theory underlying brain changes associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

April 1st, 2015
Rats, reasoning, and rehabilitation: Neuroscientists are uncovering how we reason
Even rats can imagine: A new study finds that rats have the ability to link cause and effect such that they can expect, or imagine, something happening even if it isn't.

March 31st, 2015
"Lightning bolts" in the brain show learning in action
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have captured images of the underlying biological activity within brain cells and their tree-like extensions, or dendrites, in mice that show how their...

March 30th, 2015
Blood test may shed new light on Fragile X related disorders
A blood test may shed new light on Fragile X syndrome related disorders in women, according to a new study published in the March 25, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the...

March 30th, 2015
New autism-causing genetic variant identified
Using a novel approach that homes in on rare families severely affected by autism, a Johns Hopkins-led team of researchers has identified a new genetic cause of the disease.

March 26th, 2015
Understanding severe autism - critical role for the CTNND2 gene
A newly identified gene that is associated with severe autism provides new clues about the factors that cause this neurodevelopmental disorder.

March 26th, 2015
Evidence many young children with autism show gut symptoms
Gastrointestinal symptoms of constipation, diarrhea and food allergy/intolerance up to 3 years of age were more likely to be seen by mothers of infants with autism in study.

March 25th, 2015
Rett Syndrome Research Trust awards Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic $1.3 million for clinical trial
A surgical sedative may hold the key to reversing the devastating symptoms of a neurodevelopmental disorder found almost exclusively in females.

March 25th, 2015
Father inspired after child's autism improved by course of antibiotic
A surprising improvement in a child’s autism, seemingly caused by amoxicillin, has led a father to begin investigating the links between gut bacteria and the disorder.

March 24th, 2015
Autistic and non-autistic brain differences isolated for first time
New big data methodology can analyse over 1 billion pieces of dataThis is a brain model with regions of interest highlighted.