Autism News

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August 10th, 2017
MRI reveals striking brain differences in people with genetic autism
In the first major study of its kind, researchers using MRI have identified structural abnormalities in the brains of people with one of the most common genetic causes of autism, according to a new...

August 8th, 2017
No wonder cure, but music therapy can still be helpful for children with autism
An international study finds the improvements from improvisational music therapy, on symptoms of autism, to be similar to those who do not receive music therapy.

August 7th, 2017
Autism may reflect excitation-inhibition imbalance in brain, study finds
A study by Stanford University investigators suggests that key features of autism reflect an imbalance in signaling from excitatory and inhibitory neurons in a portion of the forebrain, and that...

August 3rd, 2017
People with autism are less surprised by the unexpected
Adults with autism may overestimate the volatility of the world around them, finds a new UCL study published in Nature Neuroscience.

July 28th, 2017
Autism severity detected with brain activity test
UCLA researchers have discovered that children with autism have a tell-tale difference on brain tests compared with other children.

July 27th, 2017
Antidepressant use in pregnant women linked to small increase in autism
A new study found that antidepressant medications taken during pregnancy may be linked to the development of autism in children - although the effect appears to be limited.

July 26th, 2017
Eye test could help diagnose autism
A new study out in European Journal of Neuroscience could herald a new tool that helps physicians identify a sub-group of people with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

July 18th, 2017
Females with autism show greater difficulty with day-to-day tasks than male counterparts
Largest study to date of executive function in females with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) reveals unique challenges in diagnosis and intervention.

July 17th, 2017
Study: Diet not connected to GI problems in children with autism
Stress - not nutrition - likely cause of increased GI issues.Many children with autism spectrum disorder experience significant gastrointestinal issues, but the cause of these symptoms is...

July 14th, 2017
In autism, genes drive eye gaze abnormalities
Twin study reveals strong genetic influences on how infants visually explore social world.

July 12th, 2017
Autism: Which children respond to oxytocin treatment?
Oxytocin treatment is thought to improve sociability in some children. A new clinical trial investigates which children are likely to respond best and why.

June 30th, 2017
How an autism gene mutation alters brain development
Using mouse models, researchers have shed light on how mutations in the CHD8 gene affect brain development and cognitive functioning to trigger autism.

June 29th, 2017
People with autism may be more rational in their economic choices
Scientists compare the decision-making abilities of adults with autism spectrum disorder and adults without. The former may be less biased than the latter.

June 20th, 2017
Researchers explore why those with autism avoid eye contact
Imaging studies reveal overactivation of subcortical brain structures in response to direct gaze.

June 13th, 2017
Fever in pregnancy tied to higher risk of autism
Study of more than 95,000 children found that autism risk rose by over 300 percent if mothers had had three or more fevers after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

June 5th, 2017
Study shows active video games could improve kids' development
Video games might not be as bad for kids as we think, with new research showing interactive games like the Nintendo Wii can help non-typically developing children improve critical motor skills.

June 2nd, 2017
Exposure to heavy metals may increase risk of autism
New research finds higher concentrations of heavy metals in the baby teeth of children with autism spectrum disorder, compared with children without.

May 26th, 2017
Old drug points to promising new direction for treatment of autism
A trial of 10 boys with autism shows dramatic but transient results with one treatment of a century-old drug, and supports cell danger idea of the disease.

May 25th, 2017
Oxytocin administered to the nose increases emotion perception in autism
A recent study has demonstrated that intranasal oxytocin can influence how individuals with autism perceive emotion in others.

May 15th, 2017
Metformin shows promise as a potential treatment for fragile X syndrome
New study shows that treatment with the common type 2 diabetes drug metformin improves social, behavioral, and neuron deficits in mouse model of fragile X.

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.