Autism News

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November 20th, 2015
Research finds differences in brain connectivity in individuals with autism can predict future adaptive and social behavioral outcomes
A new study shows that differences in brain connectivity in individuals with autism can predict future adaptive and social behaviors.

November 20th, 2015
Brains with autism adapt differently during implicit learning
Severity of symptoms correlates with brain adaptation measures. Carnegie Mellon University scientists have discovered a crucial difference in the way learning occurs in the brains of adults with...

November 19th, 2015
New options for treating autism
A researcher at the University of the Basque Country has participated in the demonstration of the operating mechanism of oxytocin, the molecule involved in social behavior.

November 19th, 2015
Neuroscientists reveal how the brain can enhance connections
When the brain forms memories or learns a new task, it encodes the new information by tuning connections between neurons.

November 17th, 2015
First insights into changes to developing brain caused by gene associated with autism
Understanding fundamental changes in the brain that could lead to intellectual disabilities may one day help in the development of better treatments.

November 16th, 2015
Meeting transportation needs will improve lives of those with ASD, their families
Rutgers study: Integrating access to education, employment, mobility and planning resources will increase independence and opportunities for ASD population.

November 14th, 2015
Rare facial paralysis gives researchers new insights into social interaction
Möbius is an extremely rare congenital facial paralysis that is usually bilateral and complete.

November 11th, 2015
Intellectual disabilities share disease mechanisms, study suggests
Research suggests that different types of intellectual disabilities may benefit from common therapeutic approaches.

November 10th, 2015
Steps forward in the hunt for easily measurable biomarkers of autism
Future Science OA article provides proof of concept that autism-relevant biomarkers can be measured in saliva.

November 5th, 2015
Arousal study indicates Integrated Listening Systems is an effective behavioral solution for children with sensory processing challenges
Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), a provider of multi-sensory programs and products for improving brain function and emotional regulation, today announced the findings of a recent pilot study...

November 2nd, 2015
Divorce rate doesn't go up as families of children with disabilities grow
Couples raising a child with developmental disabilities do not face a higher risk of divorce if they have larger families, according to a new study by researchers from the Waisman Center at the...

October 27th, 2015
Oxytocin has social, emotional and behavioral benefits in young kids with autism
A five week treatment with the synthetic hormone oxytocin significantly improved social, emotional and behavioral issues among young children with autism, according to University of Sydney research...

October 27th, 2015
York U researchers produce report on products expectant mothers should avoid during first trimester
The list is long and includes cleaning solvents, pesticides, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugsExpectant mothers in their first trimester should avoid certain cosmetics, cleaning agents and...

October 23rd, 2015
Scientists find clues about how the brain filters out distractions
Experiments on mice have shown how the thalamus plays a role in filtering out distractions, with implications for treatment of people with autism and schizophrenia.

October 22nd, 2015
New guides produced to help families whose loved ones are in Assessment and Treatment Units, UK
A coalition of charities, family members and solicitors have produced a series of guides which explain the rights of individuals with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges, with a...

October 21st, 2015
Mathematically modeling the mind
New model described in the journal CHAOS represents how the mind processes sequential memory and may help understand psychiatric disordersFigure A shows a representation of a stable sequential...

October 20th, 2015
X-citing X chromosome discovery could aid research on many sex-linked disorders
U-M researchers find new way for RNA to regulate genetic activityThink back to middle school biology class, when you learned that boys have an X and a Y chromosome inside each cell, and girls...

October 20th, 2015
Building and breaking synapses
Our ability to learn, move, and sense our world comes from the neurons in our brain.

October 19th, 2015
Premature birth appears to weaken brain connections
Babies born prematurely face an increased risk of neurological and psychiatric problems that may be due to weakened connections in brain networks linked to attention, communication and the processing...

October 16th, 2015
Suppression of epigenetic brain proteins induces autism-like syndrome
Regulation of a family of brain proteins known as bromodomain and extra-terminal domain containing transcription regulators (BETs) plays a key role in normal cognition and behavior, according to a...

October 15th, 2015
Oxytocin nose-drop brings marmoset partners closer, has implications for autism
Researchers from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA, show for the first time that common marmosets -- Callithrix jacchus, a species of New World monkey -- that receive oxytocin in nose-drops...

October 14th, 2015
Novel technique shows how autism affects social brain
An MRI tool has been used to investigate the effect of autism on the areas of the brain affecting social interaction, highlighting lack of connectivity and excess blood flow.

October 14th, 2015
Autism: The gaze that hinders expression
It is not enough to observe what abilities are altered in autistic subjects, we also need to understand how each function interacts with the others.

October 14th, 2015
Imaging study demonstrates how the 'social brain' is functionally impaired in autism
Researchers measure blood flow and neural network connectivity to uncover impairmentsA team of UCLA scientists has found that brain areas linked to social behaviors are both underdeveloped and...

October 8th, 2015
Manipulating the brain to control maternal behavior in females & reduce aggression in males
Most female mammals give birth and care for their offspring, while the males often breed with multiple partners and play little role in parenting once the mating is over.