Autism News

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July 3rd, 2015
Could a 'sniff test' lead to early autism diagnosis?
Researchers find children with autism have different sniff responses to those without the disorder and suggest a 'sniff test' could be used to diagnose autism early.

July 2nd, 2015
Preemies at high risk of autism don't show typical signs of disorder in early infancy
Premature babies are at an increased risk for developing autism spectrum disorder.

July 2nd, 2015
Human brain may contain a map for social navigation
The brain region that helps people tell whether an object is near or far may also guide how emotionally close they feel to others and how they rank them socially, according to a study conducted at...

June 25th, 2015
Study examines cesarean section delivery and autism spectrum disorder
The initial results of a study suggested that children born by cesarean section were 21 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder but that association did not hold up in...

June 22nd, 2015
Autism: The value of an integrated approach to diagnosis
Researchers at Inserm (Inserm Unit 930 "Imaging and Brain") attached to François-Rabelais University and Tours Regional University Hospital have combined three clinical, neurophysiological and...

June 12th, 2015
Longitudinal brain changes during transition from adolescence to adulthood found in ASD
A study published in the June 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry demonstrates that the atypical trajectory of cortical/brain development in autism...

June 12th, 2015
Special skills of perception 'could pick out autism at age 9 months'
Special abilities of children with autism to search things out visually could offer diagnostic clues earlier on in life for those kids who could on to have developmental problems.

June 11th, 2015
Fragile X proteins involved in proper neuron development
Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the greatest single genetic contributor to autism.

June 11th, 2015
Youth on the autism spectrum who are overly sensitive to sensory stimuli brains react differently than youth who are not as affected by such stimuli
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, a team of UCLA researchers has shown for the first time that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are overly sensitive to sensory stimuli...

June 11th, 2015
Clinical trial launched to assess safety and efficacy of autism drug treatment
UC San Diego researchers open first study of suramin in children with autismResearchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have launched a clinical trial to investigate...

June 10th, 2015
GI content of diet may influence autism symptoms
Researchers have discovered that diets with high and low glycemic index scores led to different symptoms of autism spectrum disorders in mice.

June 10th, 2015
Early intervention program improves long-term outcomes for children with autism
An early intervention program for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder improves their intellectual abilities and reduces autism symptoms - and those results persist years after the children...

June 10th, 2015
Syllables that oscillate in neuronal circuits - What neuroscience can say about speech processing in the brain
Speech, emitted or received, produces an electrical activity in neurons that neuroscientists measure in the form of "cortical oscillations".

June 9th, 2015
New study shows boys will be boys -- sex differences aren't specific to autism
There are more boys than girls diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

June 9th, 2015
Autism risk may be influenced by age gap between parents
Children of teen moms, older parents and parents with a relatively large age gap have a higher risk of autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests.

June 5th, 2015
An initiation mechanism for dendritic spines discovered
Researchers from the University of Helsinki, ETH Zürich, Aix-Marseille and the German Mouse Clinic teamed up to investigate the initiation process of dendritic spines.

June 5th, 2015
Parents of kids with ASD warned about dietary supplements
Parents should avoid excess intake of vitamins that their children with autism already get in the diet, say nutrition researchers, who also found inadequate calcium and vitamin D.

June 4th, 2015
Genetic variation of stress hormone receptor may affect vulnerability to major depression; schizophrenia; neurodevelopmental disorders
Three papers on the genetics of psychiatric disorders published June 3 in Neuron1.

June 3rd, 2015
Autism struck by surprise
A new study shows that social and sensory overstimulation drives autistic behaviors.

June 2nd, 2015
Missing link found between brain and immune system has major disease implications
Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine say that a link found between the brain and immune system has profound implications for neurological diseases from autism to Alzheimer's...

June 1st, 2015
Altered pain processing in patients with cognitive impairment
People with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment (CI) have altered responses to pain, with many conditions associated with increased pain sensitivity, concludes a research review in...

May 29th, 2015
Researchers unravel a genetic link with autistic behaviors -- and find a way to undo it
Proteins that regulate actin filaments -- essential for neuronal communications -- are potential therapeutic targets for autism, UB researchers reportScientists at the University at Buffalo have...

May 29th, 2015
Sleep quality influences the cognitive performance of autistic and neurotypical children
One night of poor sleep significantly decreases performance on intelligence tests in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and also in neurotypical children (without ASD).

May 28th, 2015
Autism and rare childhood speech disorder often coincide
Some children with autism should undergo ongoing screenings for apraxia, a rare neurological speech disorder, because the two conditions often go hand-in-hand, according to Penn State College of...

May 28th, 2015
Zebrafish model gives new insight on autism spectrum disorder
University of Miami study of zebrafish reveals how dysfunction of SHANK3 or SYNGAP1 genes play a role in the development of autism spectrum disorderAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a...