Autism News

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April 27th, 2017
If your grandmother smoked, you may be more likely to develop autism
A mother who smokes during her pregnancy may increase the risk of autism in her grandchildren. Published today, the results will, no doubt, spark debate.

April 20th, 2017
Western University researchers identify mechanism that regulates acoustic habituation
Most people will startle when they hear an unexpected loud sound. The second time they hear the noise, they'll startle significantly less; by the third time, they'll barely startle at all.

April 19th, 2017
Imbalances in neural pathways may contribute to repetitive behaviors in autism
Genetic studies have linked a number of risk genes to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

April 13th, 2017
Parent-mediated therapy may help babies at risk of developing autism
The earliest autism intervention study in the world that uses video to provide feedback to parents of babies at family risk of autism, has indicated a reduction in the severity of emerging signs of...

April 5th, 2017
Girls are better at masking autism than boys
Girls with autism have relatively good social skills, which means that their autism is often not recognised. Autism manifests itself in girls differently from in boys.

April 3rd, 2017
Children with autism find understanding facial expressions difficult
A team from Bristol's School of Experimental Psychology aimed to find out whether six basic facial expressions differing in intensity are challenging for young people with autism to recognise.

March 22nd, 2017
Swimming lessons may be life-saver for children with autism
A new study looking at injury mortality in people with autism finds that accidental deaths are common and that swimming lessons could save lives.

March 17th, 2017
New biochemical method accurately diagnoses autism in children
New method uses biochemistry to accurately predict whether a child will develop autism spectrum disorder by measuring the products of metabolic processes.

March 17th, 2017
The genes and neural circuits behind autism's impaired sociability
Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have gained new insight into the genetic and neuronal circuit mechanisms that may contribute to impaired sociability in some forms of...

March 10th, 2017
Researchers find promising lead that reduces autism symptoms and more
Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of autism. Even though the single gene that's responsible for it was discovered in 1991, and the disease is detected by a simple blood test, there's no...

March 8th, 2017
World's largest autism genome database shines new light on many 'autisms'
The newest study from the Autism Speaks MSSNG project - the world's largest autism genome sequencing program - identified an additional 18 gene variations that appear to increase the risk of autism.

March 7th, 2017
Cerebrospinal fluid: Potential biomarker for autism found
Although autism appears to be on the rise, there are still no reliable biomarkers. A new study looking at links with cerebrospinal fluid may change this.

March 6th, 2017
Study finds new mechanism to control information flow in the brain
Specialized nerve cells, known as somatostatin-expressing (Sst) interneurons, in the outer part of the mammalian brain (or cerebral cortex) - play a key role in controlling how information flows in...

March 1st, 2017
Autism risk genes linked to evolving brain
Genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may have been positively selected during human evolution because they also contribute to enhanced cognition, a new Yale study suggests.

February 22nd, 2017
Genital herpes in pregnancy may raise autism risk for offspring
Researchers suggest that mothers with a greater immune response to herpes simplex virus 2 in pregnancy may be more likely to have children with autism.

February 16th, 2017
Algorithm predicts whether high-risk babies will develop autism
Predicting whether someone will go on to develop autism is currently impossible. A new algorithm that measures brain development may change this.

February 8th, 2017
Autism more common in people whose brains are anatomically more male-like
Autism is more common in males. Now, a new study finds it also linked to having a brain with certain anatomical features that are more common in males.

February 3rd, 2017
Adults with autism see interests as strengths, career paths
Adults on the autism spectrum see their interests as possible fields of study and career paths, as well as ways to mitigate anxiety, finds a study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education...

February 2nd, 2017
Autism may begin early in brain development
Autism is not a single condition, but a spectrum of disorders that affect the brain's ability to perceive and process information.

February 2nd, 2017
Study finds children exposed to complications at birth at risk of autism
Children who were exposed to complications shortly before or during birth, including birth asphyxia and preeclampsia, were more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder, according to a Kaiser...

February 1st, 2017
Study shows early brain changes in fragile X syndrome
A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is giving researchers a first look at the early stages of brain development in patients with Fragile X syndrome, a disorder...

January 27th, 2017
Could a tuberculosis drug help treat autism?
Researchers suggest that an antibiotic prescribed for the treatment of tuberculosis might help to reduce the social deficits seen in people with autism.

January 23rd, 2017
New clinical trial shows 'promising results' for ASD treatment
Researchers from Arizona State University are developing autism treatments by improving the gut microbiota through fecal microbial transplants.

January 10th, 2017
Brain alterations in preterm babies may begin weeks before birth
Brain changes in preterm infants that can put them at increased risk of developmental disorders may begin in the womb, new research finds.

January 5th, 2017
Genes affecting our communication skills relate to genes for psychiatric disorder
The researchers studied the genetic overlap between the risk of having these psychiatric disorders and measures of social communicative competence - the ability to socially engage with other people...