Autism News

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March 22nd, 2017
Swimming lessons may be life-saver for children with autism
A new study looking at injury mortality in people with autism finds that accidental deaths are common and that swimming lessons could save lives.

March 17th, 2017
New biochemical method accurately diagnoses autism in children
New method uses biochemistry to accurately predict whether a child will develop autism spectrum disorder by measuring the products of metabolic processes.

March 17th, 2017
The genes and neural circuits behind autism's impaired sociability
Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have gained new insight into the genetic and neuronal circuit mechanisms that may contribute to impaired sociability in some forms of...

March 10th, 2017
Researchers find promising lead that reduces autism symptoms and more
Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of autism. Even though the single gene that's responsible for it was discovered in 1991, and the disease is detected by a simple blood test, there's no...

March 8th, 2017
World's largest autism genome database shines new light on many 'autisms'
The newest study from the Autism Speaks MSSNG project - the world's largest autism genome sequencing program - identified an additional 18 gene variations that appear to increase the risk of autism.

March 7th, 2017
Cerebrospinal fluid: Potential biomarker for autism found
Although autism appears to be on the rise, there are still no reliable biomarkers. A new study looking at links with cerebrospinal fluid may change this.

March 6th, 2017
Study finds new mechanism to control information flow in the brain
Specialized nerve cells, known as somatostatin-expressing (Sst) interneurons, in the outer part of the mammalian brain (or cerebral cortex) - play a key role in controlling how information flows in...

March 1st, 2017
Autism risk genes linked to evolving brain
Genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may have been positively selected during human evolution because they also contribute to enhanced cognition, a new Yale study suggests.

February 22nd, 2017
Genital herpes in pregnancy may raise autism risk for offspring
Researchers suggest that mothers with a greater immune response to herpes simplex virus 2 in pregnancy may be more likely to have children with autism.

February 16th, 2017
Algorithm predicts whether high-risk babies will develop autism
Predicting whether someone will go on to develop autism is currently impossible. A new algorithm that measures brain development may change this.

February 8th, 2017
Autism more common in people whose brains are anatomically more male-like
Autism is more common in males. Now, a new study finds it also linked to having a brain with certain anatomical features that are more common in males.

February 3rd, 2017
Adults with autism see interests as strengths, career paths
Adults on the autism spectrum see their interests as possible fields of study and career paths, as well as ways to mitigate anxiety, finds a study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education...

February 2nd, 2017
Autism may begin early in brain development
Autism is not a single condition, but a spectrum of disorders that affect the brain's ability to perceive and process information.

February 2nd, 2017
Study finds children exposed to complications at birth at risk of autism
Children who were exposed to complications shortly before or during birth, including birth asphyxia and preeclampsia, were more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder, according to a Kaiser...

February 1st, 2017
Study shows early brain changes in fragile X syndrome
A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is giving researchers a first look at the early stages of brain development in patients with Fragile X syndrome, a disorder...

January 27th, 2017
Could a tuberculosis drug help treat autism?
Researchers suggest that an antibiotic prescribed for the treatment of tuberculosis might help to reduce the social deficits seen in people with autism.

January 23rd, 2017
New clinical trial shows 'promising results' for ASD treatment
Researchers from Arizona State University are developing autism treatments by improving the gut microbiota through fecal microbial transplants.

January 10th, 2017
Brain alterations in preterm babies may begin weeks before birth
Brain changes in preterm infants that can put them at increased risk of developmental disorders may begin in the womb, new research finds.

January 5th, 2017
Genes affecting our communication skills relate to genes for psychiatric disorder
The researchers studied the genetic overlap between the risk of having these psychiatric disorders and measures of social communicative competence - the ability to socially engage with other people...

December 20th, 2016
Double effort against Rett's syndrome
The trick against haploinsufficiencies: getting the "single" gene to work for two.

December 16th, 2016
Could absence of one protein explain 1 in 3 cases of autism?
People with autism have low levels of the protein nSR100. Now, by reducing this this protein in mice, scientists have triggered behaviors linked to autism.

December 8th, 2016
Paternal aging and its possible link to neurodevelopmental disorders
Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are on the rise, but its underlying mechanisms are poorly understood.

December 8th, 2016
Study: Autism brain response theory a dead end
A new study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex challenges the hypothesis that nerve cells in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders do not reliably and consistently respond...

December 5th, 2016
Autism-linked protein crucial for feeling pain
Well-known autism and pain proteins are likely co-conspirators.Sensory problems are common to autism spectrum disorders.

December 5th, 2016
New form of autism found
Autism spectrum disorders affect around one percent of the world's population and are characterized by a range of difficulties in social interaction and communication.