Autism News

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March 26th, 2015
Understanding severe autism - critical role for the CTNND2 gene
A newly identified gene that is associated with severe autism provides new clues about the factors that cause this neurodevelopmental disorder.

March 26th, 2015
Evidence many young children with autism show gut symptoms
Gastrointestinal symptoms of constipation, diarrhea and food allergy/intolerance up to 3 years of age were more likely to be seen by mothers of infants with autism in study.

March 25th, 2015
Rett Syndrome Research Trust awards Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic $1.3 million for clinical trial
A surgical sedative may hold the key to reversing the devastating symptoms of a neurodevelopmental disorder found almost exclusively in females.

March 25th, 2015
Father inspired after child's autism improved by course of antibiotic
A surprising improvement in a child’s autism, seemingly caused by amoxicillin, has led a father to begin investigating the links between gut bacteria and the disorder.

March 24th, 2015
Autistic and non-autistic brain differences isolated for first time
New big data methodology can analyse over 1 billion pieces of dataThis is a brain model with regions of interest highlighted.

March 23rd, 2015
Fewer multiple births could reduce autism risk in ART children
In a paper published online, scientists report that the incidence of diagnosed autism was twice as high for assisted reproductive technology (ART) as non-ART births among the nearly 6 million...

March 12th, 2015
Rett Syndrome treatment may lie in targeting 'long genes'
A new study finds that the absence of MeCP2 protein - a hallmark of Rett Syndrome - disrupts the expression of long genes, suggesting these could be a treatment target.

March 11th, 2015
Link between autism genes and higher intelligence, study suggests
Genes linked with a greater risk of developing autism may also be associated with higher intelligence, a study suggests.

March 11th, 2015
Brain structure varies depending on how trusting people are of others, study shows
A recent study from the University of Georgia shows differences in brain structure according to how trusting people are of others.

March 10th, 2015
Autistic features linked to prenatal exposure to fire retardants, phthalates
Exposure during pregnancy to a combination of fire retardant chemicals and phthalate chemicals--both present in the average home--can contribute to autistic-like behaviors in the offspring, according...

March 8th, 2015
Oxytocin may enhance social function in psychiatric disorders
Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, have shown inducing the release of brain oxytocin may be a viable therapeutic option for enhancing social function in...

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.