Autism News

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September 22nd, 2014
Symptoms of autism common in people with Jacobsen syndrome
A rare genetic disorder known as Jacobsen syndrome has been linked with autism, according to a recent joint investigation by researchers at San Diego State University and the University of...

September 22nd, 2014
Mutations in gene linked to brain development 'may be a cause of autism'
Researchers have identified mutations in a gene linked to brain development that they believe may be a cause of severe autism. The gene is also linked to another related to speech.

September 20th, 2014
Risk of adolescent mental health disorders affected by size at birth
New research from the Copenhagen Centre for Social Evolution and Yale University offers compelling support for the general evolutionary theory that birth-weight and birth-length can partially predict...

September 18th, 2014
Parts of the brain's cortex develop differently in people with schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is generally considered to be a disorder of brain development and it shares many risk factors, both genetic and environmental, with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and...

September 16th, 2014
Discovery of "seesaw circuit" in brains of mice has implications for autism
Humans with autism often show a reduced frequency of social interactions and an increased tendency to engage in repetitive solitary behaviors.

September 9th, 2014
Autism treatment in infancy 'may prevent further symptoms'
A researcher who has developed an autism therapy for infants claims that, by beginning treatment as soon as symptoms appear, full onset of symptoms can be avoided by age 3.

September 9th, 2014
How do sex hormones influence autism risk?
A new study investigates why males are much more likely to have autism than females, by measuring estrogen receptor levels in the brain tissue of autism spectrum disorder patients.

September 5th, 2014
Autism medications' effectiveness may be reduced by poor stomach absorption of drugs
Recent research has revealed that many children and adults with autism experience gastrointestinal symptoms and that such symptoms can impact the absorption and availability of medications.

September 4th, 2014
Researchers find possible root of autism in early cerebellum injury
A brain region largely known for coordinating motor control has a largely overlooked role in childhood development that could reveal information crucial to understanding the onset of autism...

September 2nd, 2014
Changes in ADNP gene may be among the most common causes of autism
A new study from Bradley Hospital has identified a genetic change in a recently identified autism-associated gene, which may provide further insight into the causes of autism.

September 2nd, 2014
Pilot study of socially-assistive robots that help children with autism to learn imitative behavior
A team of researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering share results from a pilot study on the effects of using humanoid robots to help children with autism practice imitation behavior in...

August 28th, 2014
Previously reported autism risk appears to be attributable to mother's prenatal antidepression, not medication
Previous studies that have suggested an increased risk of autism among children of women who took antidepressants during pregnancy may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe...

August 23rd, 2014
In stress hormone regulation, maturing brain flips function of amygdala
In contrast to evidence that the amygdala stimulates stress responses in adults, researchers at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University have found that the amygdala has an...

August 22nd, 2014
Children with autism 'have too many synapses in their brain'
Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, find that children with autism have excess synapses in their brain, which impacts brain function.

August 19th, 2014
Algorithm developed to uncover genomic insertions and deletions involved in autism, OCD
With three billion letters in the human genome, it seems hard to believe that adding a DNA base here or removing a DNA base there could have much of an effect on our health.

August 19th, 2014
How information flow in the brain is centrally regulated for sleep and wakefulness
Ever wonder why it's hard to focus after a bad night's sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal...

August 19th, 2014
Sexual victimization a greater risk for adults with autism
Adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimization than adults without, due to lack of sex education, but with improved interventions that focus on sexual knowledge and skill building...

August 18th, 2014
Brain 'switchboard' identified that is important in attention and sleep, suggests new targets for treating psychiatric disorders
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, using a mouse model, have recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of the brain that works as a "switchboard,"...

August 16th, 2014
Protein implicated in Alzheimer's disease has important treatment potential in genetic form of epilepsy
Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes have shown that reducing brain levels of the protein tau effectively blocks the development of disease in a mouse model of Dravet syndrome, a severe...

August 14th, 2014
Autism interventions should focus on identifying and harnessing the autistic child's strengths
An analysis of autism research covering genetics, brain imaging, and cognition led by Laurent Mottron of the University of Montreal has overhauled our understanding of why autism potentially occurs...

August 7th, 2014
Patients with autism spectrum disorder are not sensitive to 'being imitated'
A Japanese research group led by Prof Norihiro Sadato, a professor of the National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS), National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), has found that people...

August 6th, 2014
In children with autism, blood-oxytocin levels found to be in normal range
Autism does not appear to be solely caused by a deficiency of oxytocin, but the hormone's universal ability to boost social function may prove useful in treating a subset of children with the...

August 4th, 2014
Scientists unravel a neural circuit that could play an important role in autism
The insular cortex is an integral "hub", combining sensory, emotional and cognitive content.

August 4th, 2014
Timing of neuronal generation is linked to how neurons achieve specific brain wiring
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have evidence suggesting that neurons in the developing brains of mice are guided by a simple but elegant birth order rule...

August 4th, 2014
Biomedical discoveries accelerated by see-through organs and bodies
The ability to see through organs and even the entire body to visualize long-range connections between cells as well as fine-grained cellular structures has been a long-time dream of biologists.