Autism News

Courtesy of Medical News Today.

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.

November 5th, 2014
Autism spectrum disorder: ten tips guidance article
A Clinical Perspectives article published in the November 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry proposes a tool to empower stakeholders, guide...

November 5th, 2014
Researchers determine that brain anatomy differences between autistic and typically developing individuals are mostly indistinguishable
In the largest MRI study to date, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Carnegie Mellon University have shown that the brain anatomy in MRI scans of people with autism above...

November 3rd, 2014
Increased prevalence in autism diagnoses linked to reporting in Denmark
About 60 percent of the increase in the observed prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in Danish children appears to be largely due to changes in reporting practices, according to a study...

October 31st, 2014
Unparalleled gene-sequencing study has identified dozens of high-confidence autism genes and hundreds more worthy of study
A genetic autism study of unprecedented scope and power has uncovered more than two-dozen high-confidence risk genes for the disorder.

October 30th, 2014
Children with autism benefit from 'integrated play groups'
It's an often agonizing challenge facing any parent of a child with autism: How can I help my son or daughter socialize with his or her typically developing peers?

October 29th, 2014
Effective autism therapy taught to parents in group classes
Parents can learn to use a scientifically validated autism therapy with their own children by taking a short series of group classes, a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of...

October 23rd, 2014
Early exposure to air pollutants linked to autism risk
Researchers find that children with autism were more likely to be exposed to certain air pollutants during their mother's pregnancy and up to the age of 2 years.

October 23rd, 2014
Pitt Public Health finds association between air toxics and childhood autism
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain air toxics during their mothers' pregnancies and the first two years of life compared...

October 22nd, 2014
Gene duplications associated with autism evolved recently in human history
Human geneticists have discovered that a region of the genome associated with autism contains genetic variation that evolved in the last 250,000 years, after the divergence of humans from ancient...

October 22nd, 2014
Siblings of children with autism can show signs at 18 months
About 20% of younger siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will develop the condition by age 3.

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...