Autism News

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February 19th, 2018
New blood test predicts autism with 92 percent accuracy
Scientists have designed a test they believe is the first of its kind. Using blood and urine samples, the test correctly identified autism in children.

January 23rd, 2018
Children with autism may benefit from being bilingual
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers find that children with autism spectrum disorders who are bilingual have improved cognitive flexibility.

January 5th, 2018
Supplements during pregnancy may reduce autism risk
The latest study to investigate the relationship between vitamin supplements during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders finds a significant link.

November 2nd, 2017
Experimental drugs rewire brain connections in autism
Researchers reveal a different role played by missing gene in autism and uncover potential new treatments to reverse its effect on neural communication.

October 19th, 2017
The 10 best autism blogs
Autism affects everyone differently depending on its severity. We have found the best autism blogs that support individuals, families, and carers.

October 17th, 2017
What is stimming?
Stimming is a common symptom of autism. Learn more about it here, including the different types of behavior that can occur, and what can be done to help.

October 5th, 2017
Could multivitamin use in pregnancy protect children from autism?
A new study published in The BMJ suggests that children born to mothers who use multivitamins during pregnancy may be at lower risk of autism.

October 1st, 2017
How does oxytocin control the brain's social reward circuit?
New research sheds light on the mechanisms behind the brain's social reward circuitry. Results point to oxytocin as the "gatekeeper" to prosocial behavior.

September 13th, 2017
Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides
Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children's pesticide-related autism risk.

September 11th, 2017
Flat affect: Psychological symptoms and treatment
Flat affect is characterized by a lack of reaction to emotional stimuli, and can include a monotone voice or lack of expression in the face. Learn more.

August 25th, 2017
Altered mitochondria associated with increased autism risk
Mitochondria, the tiny structures inside our cells that generate energy, may play a key role in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

August 22nd, 2017
Gut bacteria influence the brain indirectly, study shows
A new study shows that some gut bacteria influence the brain through blood cortisol. This might have implications for ASD, but further studies are needed.

August 10th, 2017
MRI reveals striking brain differences in people with genetic autism
In the first major study of its kind, researchers using MRI have identified structural abnormalities in the brains of people with one of the most common genetic causes of autism, according to a new...

August 8th, 2017
No wonder cure, but music therapy can still be helpful for children with autism
An international study finds the improvements from improvisational music therapy, on symptoms of autism, to be similar to those who do not receive music therapy.

August 7th, 2017
Autism may reflect excitation-inhibition imbalance in brain, study finds
A study by Stanford University investigators suggests that key features of autism reflect an imbalance in signaling from excitatory and inhibitory neurons in a portion of the forebrain, and that...

August 3rd, 2017
People with autism are less surprised by the unexpected
Adults with autism may overestimate the volatility of the world around them, finds a new UCL study published in Nature Neuroscience.

July 28th, 2017
Autism severity detected with brain activity test
UCLA researchers have discovered that children with autism have a tell-tale difference on brain tests compared with other children.

July 27th, 2017
Antidepressant use in pregnant women linked to small increase in autism
A new study found that antidepressant medications taken during pregnancy may be linked to the development of autism in children - although the effect appears to be limited.

July 26th, 2017
Eye test could help diagnose autism
A new study out in European Journal of Neuroscience could herald a new tool that helps physicians identify a sub-group of people with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

July 18th, 2017
Females with autism show greater difficulty with day-to-day tasks than male counterparts
Largest study to date of executive function in females with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) reveals unique challenges in diagnosis and intervention.

July 17th, 2017
Study: Diet not connected to GI problems in children with autism
Stress - not nutrition - likely cause of increased GI issues.Many children with autism spectrum disorder experience significant gastrointestinal issues, but the cause of these symptoms is...

July 14th, 2017
In autism, genes drive eye gaze abnormalities
Twin study reveals strong genetic influences on how infants visually explore social world.

July 12th, 2017
Autism: Which children respond to oxytocin treatment?
Oxytocin treatment is thought to improve sociability in some children. A new clinical trial investigates which children are likely to respond best and why.

June 30th, 2017
How an autism gene mutation alters brain development
Using mouse models, researchers have shed light on how mutations in the CHD8 gene affect brain development and cognitive functioning to trigger autism.

June 29th, 2017
People with autism may be more rational in their economic choices
Scientists compare the decision-making abilities of adults with autism spectrum disorder and adults without. The former may be less biased than the latter.