Autism News

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February 11th, 2016
LouLou Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania create program of excellence for rare genetic disorder that affects children
The LouLou Foundation and the Orphan Disease Center of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have established a Program of Excellence to develop effective treatments for...

February 10th, 2016
Penn Medicine 'brain road maps' reflect behavior differences between males and females
Findings offer new insights for personalized medicine and treatment of particular disorders.

February 10th, 2016
In autism, the social benefits of being a girl
Infant girls at risk for autism pay more attention to social cues in faces than infant boys, according to a Yale School of Medicine study -- the first one known to prospectively examine sex-related...

February 5th, 2016
Cohen Children's Medical Center study: Children on autism spectrum more likely to wander, disappear
A new study by researchers at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York (CCMC) suggests that more than one-quarter million school-age children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other...

February 2nd, 2016
Blood pressure medicine may improve conversational skills of individuals with autism
An estimated 1 in 68 children in the United States has autism. The neurodevelopmental disorder, which impairs communication and social interaction skills, can be treated with medications and...

February 2nd, 2016
How mirror neurons can help improving autism
A randomized controlled trial published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics introduces a completely new therapeutic opportunity for disturbances that are related to autism.

February 2nd, 2016
Study strengthens evidence linking autism to maternal obesity-diabetes
Scientists show they can use electronic medical records and birth information to verify and strengthen an already suspected link between autistic children and pregnant mothers with obesity and...

January 29th, 2016
Study reveals subtle brain differences in men with autism
Research at King's College London has revealed subtle brain differences in adult males with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which may go some way towards explaining why symptoms persist into...

January 29th, 2016
Autism caused by immune response to viral infection during pregnancy?
Links between viral infection during pregnancy and autism grow ever stronger. The latest study investigates the role of T helper cells and specific cytokines.

January 29th, 2016
Maternal obesity and diabetes linked with increased infant autism risk
New research has found that children born to mothers with diabetes and obesity could be significantly more likely to develop the developmental disability.

January 29th, 2016
Texas A&M research hints at a nutritional strategy for reducing autism risk
Folic acid has long been touted as an important supplement for women of childbearing age for its ability to prevent defects in the baby's developing brain and spinal cord.

January 29th, 2016
Estrogens alleviate hyperactivity in zebrafish with autism gene
Research led by UCL, Yale and University of California, San Francisco has shown that the hormone estrogen alleviates the sleep disruption experienced by zebrafish genetically designed to help...

January 27th, 2016
Study: Anti-asthma drugs taken during pregnancy associated with autism risk
By comparing birth records over a period of nine years, Drexel researchers found that the children of mothers who took a certain asthma medication during pregnancy faced an elevated risk of being...

January 27th, 2016
Twenty-five-point drop in IQ caused by lack of gene copy
Researchers measured the intelligence of 700 family members who had at least one relative carrying the same genetic mutation on chromosome 16, which is known to predispose to autistic spectrum...

January 25th, 2016
Transgenic monkeys could aid study of autism
Genetically modified monkeys that overexpress a gene associated with autism-like behaviours in humans and that can pass the modification to their offspring are reported in Nature this week.

January 25th, 2016
Tourette syndrome: Brain circuits involved in vocal tic generation identified
A team of international researchers, led by Dr. Kevin W. McCairn, Ph.D. has announced the discovery of a system in the brain that may underlie the development of involuntary vocalizations (commonly...

January 25th, 2016
Group therapy helps autistic children to cope better with everyday life
In the framework of group therapy developed at Goethe University Frankfurt, children and adolescents with high functioning ASD can learn how to cope better in the social world and also achieve a...

January 22nd, 2016
Searching for genetic links between autism and other disorders
Research into autism as a symptom of other genetic disorders sheds some light on the molecular mechanisms behind the pervasive and elusive condition.

January 18th, 2016
Autism-linked protein lays groundwork for healthy brain
A gene linked to mental disorders helps lays the foundation for a crucial brain structure during prenatal development, according to Salk Institute research published January 14, 2016 in Cell...

January 15th, 2016
NIH genome sequencing program targets the genomic bases of common, rare disease
The National Institutes of Health will fund a set of genome sequencing and analysis centers whose research will focus on understanding the genomic bases of common and rare human diseases.

January 15th, 2016
Youths with gender dysphoria have higher rates of asperger syndrome
A new study provides clinical data to support growing evidence that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more prevalent in children and adolescents with gender dysphoria than in the general population.

January 15th, 2016
Trio of autism-linked molecules orchestrate neuron connections
Proteins linked to brain disorders help wire the brain.New research from Duke University reveals how three proteins work in concert to wire up a specific area of the developing brain that is...

January 14th, 2016
Scientists discover how we play memories in fast forward
Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered a mechanism that may explain how the brain can recall nearly all of what happened on a recent afternoon - or make a thorough plan...

January 13th, 2016
Is autism hiding in a fold of the brain?
Scientists at CNRS, Aix-Marseille Université and AP-HM have identified a cerebral marker specific to autism that can be detected by MRI and is present as from the age of two years.

January 12th, 2016
Untapped region in brain cell offers goldmine of drug targets for new autism treatments, UCLA study finds
UCLA scientists have discovered that an overlooked region in brain cells houses a motherlode of mutated genes previously tied to autism.