Autism News

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January 22nd, 2015
Shedding light on genetic mutations in autism disorders
Recent research has linked autism with a lack of "pruning" in developing brain connections, but a new Dartmouth study suggests instead it is the excessive growth of new connections that causes...

January 21st, 2015
Suramin for sleeping sickness reverses autism-like symptoms in fragile X mouse model
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect 1 to 2 percent of children in the United States. Hundreds of genetic and environmental factors have been shown to increase the risk of ASD.

January 21st, 2015
'Idiosyncratic' brain patterns discovered in autism
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been studied for many years, but there are still many more questions than answers.

January 19th, 2015
Study gives new genetic insight to fragile X syndrome
A study of an individual patient with a mutation in a specific gene has provided researchers with a new insight into fragile X syndrome.

January 19th, 2015
Virginia Tech scientists developing two-minute test for autism spectrum disorder
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have developed a brain-imaging technique that may be able to identify children with autism spectrum disorder in just two minutes.

January 16th, 2015
Potential for early detection of autism offered by advanced 3-D facial imaging
Autism is a spectrum of closely related disorders diagnosed in patients who exhibit a shared core of symptoms, including delays in learning to communicate and interact socially.

January 14th, 2015
Autism symptoms frequently missed by pediatricians during brief checkups
As the rate of children with autism in the U.S. continues to grow, a new study published in top-ranked journal Pediatrics shows that medical professionals can't rely solely on their clinical judgment...

January 13th, 2015
Ritual circumcision linked to increased risk of autism in young boys
Research published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine suggests that circumcised boys are more likely than intact boys to develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) before the age of 10.

January 10th, 2015
Systematically tracking subtle brain mutations
DNA sequences were once thought to be identical from cell to cell, but it's increasingly understood that mutations can arise during brain development that affect only certain groups of brain cells.

January 9th, 2015
How a protein crucial to learning and memory works
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found out how a protein crucial to learning works: by removing a biochemical "clamp" that prevents connections between nerve cells in the brain from growing stronger.

January 8th, 2015
Automated method detects activity of mouse neurons during specific behaviors, brainwide, at cellular resolution
Most people have seen fMRI scans of the human brain. These use a technology called functional magnetic resonance imaging to identify portions of the brain that are active while a subject is being...

January 8th, 2015
Autism-linked protein for sculpting brain connections pinpointed by study
Shortly after birth, human brains expand rapidly with the experience of an entirely new world.

January 7th, 2015
Study identifies part of brain key to controlling attention
For the first time, researchers have convincingly identified an ensemble of neurons in the brain that is crucial to focusing attention and ignoring distractions.

January 7th, 2015
Potential treatment for Huntington's disease suggested by animal study
By adjusting the levels of a key signaling protein, researchers improved motor function and brain abnormalities in experimental animals with a form of Huntington's disease, a severe neurodegenerative...

January 6th, 2015
Molecular network identified underlying autism spectrum disorders
Researchers in the United States have identified a molecular network that comprises many of the genes previously shown to contribute to autism spectrum disorders.

January 5th, 2015
Diverse autism mutations lead to different disease outcomes
People with autism have a wide range of symptoms, with no two people sharing the exact type and severity of behaviors.

January 1st, 2015
Tiny gene fragments discovered that are linked to brain development and autism
Very small segments of genes called "microexons" influence how proteins interact with each other in the nervous system, scientists at the University of Toronto have found, opening up a new line of...

December 31st, 2014
Living with pets linked to stronger social skills in children with autism
New study involving 70 families finds that children with autism have stronger social skills when there is any kind of pet in the home - including rabbits, reptiles, birds and fish.

December 31st, 2014
Autism, cancer mutations found in unexplored regions of the genome
Scientists and engineers have built a computer model that has uncovered disease-causing mutations in large regions of the genome that previously could not be explored.

December 30th, 2014
Scientists uncover molecular map of autism-related genes
Researchers have identified a molecular network consisting of genes known to be associated with autism. The findings pave the way for discovery of new genes linked to the disorder.

December 28th, 2014
Machine learning reveals unexpected genetic roots of cancers, autism and other disorders
In the decade since the genome was sequenced in 2003, scientists and doctors have struggled to answer an all-consuming question: Which DNA mutations cause disease?

December 23rd, 2014
'Master regulator' gene - long tied to autism disorders - stimulates other genes in early brain development
Chemical modifications to DNA's packaging - known as epigenetic changes - can activate or repress genes involved in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and early brain development, according to a new...

December 21st, 2014
Therapeutic strategy identified that may treat a childhood neurological disorder - neurofibromatosis type 1
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a possible therapy to treat neurofibromatosis type 1 or NF1, a childhood neurological disease characterized by learning deficits and autism...

December 18th, 2014
Maternal exposure to air pollution linked to offspring autism risk
Exposure to high levels of fine particulate matter during pregnancy - particularly in the third trimester - may put offspring at almost twice the risk of autism, a new study finds.

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...