Autism News

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March 3rd, 2015
Cancer screening concerns
Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are much less likely to be screened for colorectal cancer, research showsAccording to new research, adults in Ontario with intellectual and...

March 3rd, 2015
Why debunked autism treatment fads persist
The communication struggles of children with autism spectrum disorder can drive parents and educators to try anything to understand their thoughts, needs and wants.

March 2nd, 2015
Study shows less aggressive behavior toward strangers in autism spectrum disorder model
While aggression toward caregivers and peers is a challenge faced by many individuals and families dealing with autism, there has been much speculation in the media over the possibility of generally...

March 2nd, 2015
Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D may control brain serotonin
Although essential marine omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D have been shown to improve cognitive function and behavior in the context of certain brain disorders, the underlying mechanism has been...

March 2nd, 2015
Newly discovered neurons predict the cooperative behavior of others
Social interactions rely on the ability to anticipate others' intentions and actions, and identifying neurons that reflect another individual's so-called "state of mind" has been a long-sought goal...

February 28th, 2015
Scientists discover part of brain that calculates the intentions of others
Scientists mapping monkeys' brains during tasks that require complex social anticipation believe their discovery could lead to treatments for autism and similar problems.

February 26th, 2015
An evolutionary approach reveals new clues toward understanding the roots of schizophrenia
Is mental illness simply the evolutionary toll humans have to pay in return for our unique and superior cognitive abilities when compared to all other species?

February 24th, 2015
Growth hormone improves social impairments in those with autism-linked disorder
A growth hormone can significantly improve the social impairment associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in patients with a related genetic syndrome, according to a pilot study conducted at...

February 23rd, 2015
Evolving a bigger brain with human DNA
Crucial DNA difference between humans and chimps boosts brain size in miceThe human version of a DNA sequence called HARE5 turns on a gene important for brain development (gene activity is...

February 20th, 2015
Brain imaging links language delay to chromosome deletion in children with neuro disorders
CHOP-led study suggests pathway common to autism, other disorders; hints at drugs to target overlapping illnessesA child seated in a MEG machine has his head surrounded by the machine's...

February 20th, 2015
Autism genes activate during fetal brain development
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that mutations that cause autism in children are connected to a pathway that regulates brain development.

February 20th, 2015
New insight into a fragile protein linked to cancer and autism
In recent years, scientists have found a surprising connection between some people with autism and certain cancer patients: They have mutations in the same gene, one that codes for a protein critical...

February 19th, 2015
Asperger's student leads female autism study
Psychology researchers are carrying out the first large-scale study into young women with autism - a condition usually viewed as a male syndrome.

February 19th, 2015
Tadpole model links drug exposure to autism-like effects
Research suggests that fetal exposure to chemicals or drugs can cause neurological problems.

February 17th, 2015
Seven genes for X-linked intellectual disability
Genetic analysis discovers new mutations on the X chromosomeX-linked intellectual disability is a disorder that predominantly affects men and can have highly variable clinical manifestations.

February 17th, 2015
Spontaneous activity shapes neuron development
A process previously thought to be mere background noise in the brain has been found to shape the growth of neurons as the brain developsThis is a growing neuron branches into a dendrite.

February 17th, 2015
A brain system that appears to compensate for autism, OCD, and dyslexia
Individuals with five neurodevelopmental disorders -- autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, dyslexia, and Specific Language Impairment -- appear to compensate...

February 12th, 2015
Behavioral therapy effective against pica in children with autism spectrum disorder
Unchecked, eating behavior can lead to medical complicationsIntensive behavioral intervention can be effective at eliminating pica, which is the repeated ingestion of inedible substances...

February 11th, 2015
Inducing or augmenting labor not associated with increase in autism
A research collaboration between Intermountain Healthcare, the University of Utah's Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, and the University of Utah's Psychiatry Department found that induced or...

February 10th, 2015
Medical marijuana for children with developmental and behavioral disorders?
Despite lack of evidence, some are advocating cannabis for children with autism, reports Journal of Developmental and Behavioral PediatricsAs medical marijuana becomes increasingly accepted...

February 9th, 2015
Babies with more frequent eye movements are at increased likelihood of developing Autism Spectrum Disorders as children
Researchers funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) have found that babies who move their eyes more often than their peers at the age of six months are more likely to meet criteria for Autism...

February 9th, 2015
Circadian clock-Angelman syndrome link established
Link could provide quickest way to determine effectiveness of experimental AS treatmentsMonitoring participants' biological clocks may be the quickest way to determine the effectiveness of...

February 9th, 2015
The brain's social network: Nerve cells interact like friends on Facebook
Neurons in the brain are wired like a social network, report researchers from Biozentrum, University of Basel.

February 8th, 2015
Online comments on vaccination 'more influential' than official announcements
A new study suggests that reader comments on websites may sway people's viewpoints on vaccination more than official public service announcements.

February 6th, 2015
New research sheds light on neural circuit development
Researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies report substantial postnatal changes in the functional properties of brain circuits that...