Autism News

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June 21st, 2016
New brain map could enable novel therapies for autism and Huntington's disease
USC scientists have mapped an uncharted portion of the mouse brain to explain which circuit disruptions might occur in disorders such as Huntington's disease and autism.

June 17th, 2016
Specific gut bacteria reverse autism-like behavior in mice
Could autistic traits be partially controlled by the bacteria in our guts? New research demonstrates that this is a genuine possibility.

June 16th, 2016
Links between autism and epilepsy deepen
New research shows that having a first-degree relative with epilepsy significantly increases the risk of being diagnosed with autism.

June 11th, 2016
Brain activity differs between men and women when cooperating
In a cooperation task, researchers identified differences in the brain activity of men and women - even though they performed equally as well.

June 10th, 2016
Mouse study suggests autism is not just a disease of the brain
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by impaired social interactions and repetitive behaviors, often accompanied by abnormal reactions to sensory stimuli.

June 8th, 2016
Risk of autism with intellectual disability linked with maternal immune dysfunction during pregnancy
Pregnant women with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, proteins that control communication between cells of the immune system, may be at significantly greater risk of having a...

June 8th, 2016
Stress in pregnancy and autism: New gene-stress interaction uncovered
A new study uncovers a genetic variant that may predispose pregnant women to higher risks for offspring with autism; further investigation is warranted.

June 2nd, 2016
Novel mouse model sheds new light on autism spectrum disorder
A new mouse model, developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the first to show that when more of a specific biological molecule moves between different parts of nerve...

June 1st, 2016
Autism care improved, diagnosis time shortened by new MU program
Wait lists for a specialist to confirm an autism diagnosis can be agonizing and last months.

June 1st, 2016
Antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy: Folic acid could help to prevent autism
If pregnant women take antiepileptic drugs, the child can develop autistic traits.

May 27th, 2016
A new genetic player in autism
A study aimed at detecting the genetic triggers of autism spectrum disorder has uncovered a new gene mutation, which could lead to better diagnosis and treatment outcomes.

May 26th, 2016
Neuroscientists illuminate role of autism-linked gene
A new study from MIT neuroscientists reveals that a gene mutation associated with autism plays a critical role in the formation and maturation of synapses - the connections that allow neurons to...

May 25th, 2016
Can telehealth fill gap in autism services?
Parents struggling to find and afford therapy for their child with autism may eventually be able to provide that therapy themselves with the help of telehealth training.

May 19th, 2016
Colours of autism spectrum described by CanChild researchers
Children with autism have a wide range of ability to talk with other people, but it has been difficult to group children by their specific skills.

May 4th, 2016
Children with autism learn new words much like others do, study finds
Autistic children are capable of following someone's eyes as they name an object.

May 4th, 2016
Autism and cancer share a remarkable number of risk genes in common
Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for...

May 3rd, 2016
Origin of synaptic pruning process linked to learning, autism and schizophrenia identified
Research led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center has identified a brain receptor that appears to initiate adolescent synaptic pruning, a process believed necessary for learning, but one that appears to...

May 2nd, 2016
One-third of autistic children likely to wander, disappear
A review of data on 1,420 children ages 6 to 17 with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) found that more than one-third had wandered away from a safe environment within the past 12 months, according...

May 2nd, 2016
Children are diagnosed with autism at younger ages since push for universal screening
Researchers say children with autism who were born before the 2007 recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that all children be screened for the disorder at the 18- and 24-month...

April 27th, 2016
Study may explain gene's role in major psychiatric disorders
Gene associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, ADHD, and depression linked to brain cell death in mice.

April 26th, 2016
GI problems in autism may originate in genes, study suggests
Gene linked to autism lowers serotonin activity in mice, slows movement in gut.

April 22nd, 2016
Review assesses published research on brain changes associated with autism
A recent review that examined all published studies on anatomical abnormalities in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder found substantial discrepancy throughout the literature...

April 21st, 2016
Scientist models Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome in adult stem cells
Studies performed by a Sanford Research scientist using an innovative stem-cell model for a fatal developmental disorder is the focus of a recent study published in Nature Medicine.

April 17th, 2016
Autism patients have more cancer gene mutations but lower cancer risk
Despite patients with autism having more cancer-related gene mutations than those without autism, they are less likely to develop the disease, a new study suggests.

April 15th, 2016
Brain scan method may help detect autism
Many doctors and scientists think they could improve the diagnosis and understanding of autism spectrum disorders if they had reliable means to identify specific abnormalities in the brain.