Autism News

Courtesy of Medical News Today.

October 31st, 2014
Unparalleled gene-sequencing study has identified dozens of high-confidence autism genes and hundreds more worthy of study
A genetic autism study of unprecedented scope and power has uncovered more than two-dozen high-confidence risk genes for the disorder.

October 30th, 2014
Children with autism benefit from 'integrated play groups'
It's an often agonizing challenge facing any parent of a child with autism: How can I help my son or daughter socialize with his or her typically developing peers?

October 29th, 2014
Effective autism therapy taught to parents in group classes
Parents can learn to use a scientifically validated autism therapy with their own children by taking a short series of group classes, a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of...

October 23rd, 2014
Early exposure to air pollutants linked to autism risk
Researchers find that children with autism were more likely to be exposed to certain air pollutants during their mother's pregnancy and up to the age of 2 years.

October 23rd, 2014
Pitt Public Health finds association between air toxics and childhood autism
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain air toxics during their mothers' pregnancies and the first two years of life compared...

October 22nd, 2014
Gene duplications associated with autism evolved recently in human history
Human geneticists have discovered that a region of the genome associated with autism contains genetic variation that evolved in the last 250,000 years, after the divergence of humans from ancient...

October 22nd, 2014
Siblings of children with autism can show signs at 18 months
About 20% of younger siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will develop the condition by age 3.

October 16th, 2014
A tool enhances social inclusion for people with autism
The University of Alicante has developed, together with centres in the UK, Spain and Bulgaria, a tool designed to assist people with autism spectrum disorders by adapting written documents into a...

October 14th, 2014
Could a chemical in broccoli, sprouts help treat autism?
A new study finds that a chemical found in broccoli and other vegetables - sulforaphane - could help improve some behavioral symptoms in people with autism.

October 12th, 2014
UCLA study finds link between neural stem cell overgrowth and autism-like behavior in mice
People with autism spectrum disorder often experience a period of accelerated brain growth after birth. No one knows why, or whether the change is linked to any specific behavioral changes.

October 7th, 2014
Early intervention program benefits young children with autism, improves parent-child interactions
A parent coaching intervention brings meaningful benefits for preschool-aged children with autism-spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a clinical trial in the October Journal of Developmental ...

October 3rd, 2014
New learning mechanism for individual nerve cells
The traditional view is that learning is based on the strengthening or weakening of the contacts between the nerve cells in the brain.

October 3rd, 2014
Assessment protocol shows potential to diagnose autism in Tanzania
Researchers at Brown University and the University of Georgia have developed and tested an approach for diagnosing autism in Tanzania, where such clinical assessment and intervention services are...

September 30th, 2014
More sedentary behaviour found in children with autism
A new Oregon State University study of children with autism found that they are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and...

September 26th, 2014
Interpregnancy intervals of less than 1 year or more than 5 years increases risk of autism
A study published in the Month 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that children who were conceived either less than 1 year or more than 5 years...

September 24th, 2014
Blocking one gene could aid social behavior in some forms of autism, IU scientists report
Blocking a single gene that is active in the brain could provide a means to lessen behavioral problems among children with a common genetic disease, many of whom are also diagnosed with an autism...

September 24th, 2014
Boys with autism demonstrate surprising strength in grammar processing
Autism is often characterized by language and communication deficits. Yet a study by neuroscientists found that boys with high-functioning autism were significantly faster at a key task of grammar...

September 24th, 2014
Autism diagnosis and classification could be improved by brainwave test
A new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University suggests that measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying...

September 23rd, 2014
Brain differences in autistic males with early language delay
Comparing the brains of autistic men who did and did not experience delayed language onset in childhood, researchers have uncovered brain volume differences.

September 23rd, 2014
Maternal iron intake linked to offspring autism risk
Children whose mothers did not take iron supplements while pregnant are at significantly greater risk of autism, claim researchers, in the first study to link iron to autism risk.

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.