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Prenatal allergies prompt sexual changes in offspring
A single allergic reaction during pregnancy prompts sexual-development changes in the brains of offspring that last a lifetime, new research suggests. (2019-03-21)
Children with autism are in 'in-tune' with mom's feelings like other children
New research addresses limitations of prior autism spectrum disorder (ASD) studies on facial emotion recognition by using five distinct facial emotions in unfamiliar and familiar (mom) faces to test the influence of familiarity in children with and without ASD. (2019-03-20)
Levels of autism in China similar to the West, joint Chinese-UK study shows
The first large-scale study of autism in China has revealed that around one in a hundred people in the country has an autism spectrum condition -- the same figure as found in the West. (2019-03-20)
Early exposure to pesticides linked to small increased risk of autism spectrum disorder
Exposure to common agricultural pesticides before birth and in the first year of life is associated with a small to moderately increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared with infants of women without such exposure, finds a study published in The BMJ today. (2019-03-20)
Inflammation inhibitor blocks neurodevelopmental disorders in mouse model
Work published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that an enzyme inhibitor developed by Professor Bruce Hammock and colleagues at UC Davis reduced inflammation in the brains of mice born to mothers with maternal immune activation. (2019-03-19)
Drexel Report: Low-income and minority youth with autism face worse outcomes than peers
Autism occurs in children from all backgrounds. But the impacts of autism are not felt equally across all groups. (2019-03-13)
UNH researchers identify role gender-biased protein may play in autism
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are one step closer to helping answer the question of why autism is four times more common in boys than in girls after identifying and characterizing the connection of certain proteins in the brain to autism spectrum disorders (ASD). (2019-03-11)
Child's elevated mental ill-health risk if mother treated for infection during pregnancy
Risks for autism and depression are higher if one's mother was in hospital with an infection during pregnancy. (2019-03-07)
New research on the role of connectomics in brain development
Researchers are analyzing brain connectomes to understand how normal and abnormal interactions between functional brain networks affect healthy brain development and contribute to disorders such as epilepsy. (2019-03-07)
Autism: Brain activity as a biomarker
Researchers from J├╝lich, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, and the UK have discovered specific activity patterns in the brains of people with autism. (2019-03-06)
Brain response to mom's voice differs in kids with autism, Stanford study finds
For most children, the sound of their mother's voice triggers brain activity patterns distinct from those triggered by an unfamiliar voice. (2019-02-26)
First common risk genes discovered for autism
A study headed by researchers from the Danish project iPSYCH and the Broad Institute, USA, has found the first common genetic risk variants for autism and uncovered genetic differences in clinical subgroups of autism. (2019-02-26)
Virtual reality a promising tool for reducing fears and phobia in autism
In a new pilot study, autistic adults showed real-life, functional improvement after a combination treatment approach that included graded exposure to fear and anxiety-producing experiences in a virtual reality environment. (2019-02-22)
Children with autism, co-occurring ADHD symptoms lag in key measures of independence
A pair of new studies has provided new insight into the challenges faced by children on the autism spectrum who exhibit symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (2019-02-19)
New study shows hidden genes may underlie autism severity
Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have implicated a largely hidden part of the human genome in the severity of autism symptoms, a discovery that could lead to new insights into the disorder and eventually to clinical therapies for the condition. (2019-02-15)
Looking behind a rare brain disease for clues to treat more common mental disorders
Researchers have clarified, for the first time, the mechanism behind a very rare brain disorder called MICPCH (microcephaly, disproportionate pontine and cerebellar hypoplasia) syndrome in animal models. (2019-02-15)
Study finds children with autism more likely to face maltreatment
A recent study by Vanderbilt researchers of 11 counties in Middle Tennessee revealed that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were nearly 2.5 times more likely than children without ASD to be reported to the Child Abuse Hotline by the age of 8. (2019-02-15)
Brain-computer interface, promise of restoring communication discussed at AAAS presentation
Choosing the 'right' brain-computer interface that maximizes reliability of the neural control signal and minimizes fatigue and frustration is critical. (2019-02-15)
Immersive virtual reality therapy shows lasting effect of treatment for autism phobias
New research shows that the Blue Room, an immersive virtual reality treats 45 percent of children with autism freeing them from their fears and phobias -- and that the treatment lasts. (2019-02-14)
Movement impairments in autism could be reversible
Researchers from Cardiff University have established a link between a genetic mutation and developmental movement impairments in autism. (2019-02-13)
Scientists provide new insight on gene mutations associated with autism
A novel investigation into the impacts of neuronal mutations on autism-related characteristics in humans has been described in the open-access journal eLife. (2019-02-12)
Brain clock ticks differently in autism
The neural 'time windows' in certain small brain areas contribute to the complex cognitive symptoms of autism, new research suggests. (2019-02-12)
Cell component breakdown suggests possible treatment for multiple neural disorders
Research published today (Feb. 11, 2019) by the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison reveals how one mutation causes fragile X, the most common inherited intellectual disability. (2019-02-11)
Geneticists ID molecular pathway for autism-related disorder
Discovery of molecular trigger for autism-related disorder leads scientists to test potential therapy on mice. (2019-02-11)
Human brain protein associated with autism confers abnormal behavior in fruit flies
A mutant gene that encodes a brain protein in a child with autism has been placed into the brains of fruit flies. (2019-02-11)
Big data approach shown to be effective for evaluating autism treatments
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who developed a blood test to help diagnose autism spectrum disorder have now successfully applied their distinctive big data-based approach to evaluating possible treatments. (2019-02-07)
Study examines association between birth weight, risk of developing psychiatric disorders in adulthood
It is unclear if the associations between fetal growth as indicated by birth weight and later mental health conditions remain after taking into account family-related factors that could affect these conditions. (2019-02-06)
See-through fish aid scientists in autism-related breakthrough
University of Miami researchers have discovered a clue in the humble zebrafish's digestive tract that, one day, could help people on the autism spectrum alleviate one of the most common yet least studied symptoms of their disorder: gastrointestinal distress. (2019-02-06)
Medical cannabis relieves symptoms in children with autism
Overall, after six months of treatment, 30 percent of patients reported a significant improvement, 53.7 percent reported moderate improvement, and only 15 percent had slight or no change. (2019-01-31)
Two windows into the brain
CHLA's Dr. Bradley Peterson uses two brain imaging techniques to study autism. (2019-01-30)
Novel autism mouse model based on an epigenetic gene developed
In a study published Jan. 17, 2019 in Translational Psychiatry, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe how, in a novel mouse model, epigenetic regulation negatively impacts a downstream gene specifically involved in neurodevelopment and associated behaviors. (2019-01-30)
Difference in brain connectivity may explain autism spectrum disorder
Researchers have identified a possible mechanism of human cognition that underlies autism spectrum disorders, or ASD. (2019-01-30)
UCLA-led team uncovers critical new clues about what goes awry in autistic brains
A team of UCLA-led scientists has discovered important clues to what goes wrong in the brains of people with autism -- a developmental disorder with no cure and for which scientists have no deep understanding of what causes it. (2019-01-30)
Females find social interactions to be more rewarding than males, study reveals
Females find same-sex social interactions to be more rewarding than males, and females are more sensitive to the rewarding actions of oxytocin than males, according to a research study led by Georgia State University on the brain mechanisms that determine the rewarding properties of social interactions. (2019-01-30)
Autism and theory of mind
Theory of mind, or the ability to represent other people's minds as distinct from one's own, can be difficult for people with autism. (2019-01-25)
Positive well-being may protect against depression in people with autism
In an Autism Research study of 36 newly employed adults with autism spectrum disorder who were participating in a supported employment program, positive well-being -- or a sense of happiness and life satisfaction -- was associated with a lower risk of developing depression over 12 months of follow-up. (2019-01-24)
Researchers conduct first population-based study of suicide risk in people with autism
Researchers at the University of Utah Health conducted the first population-based study of suicidality in individuals with ASD in the United States. (2019-01-21)
Mouse studies show 'inhibition' theory of autism wrong
Today's main hypothesis about the cause of autism symptoms is that neurons receive too little inhibition or too much excitation, causing hyperexcitability. (2019-01-21)
The cerebellum's hidden roles in social and reward-driven behavior
The cerebellum may regulate sociability and reward-driven behavior by controlling the release of dopamine, according to a new study. (2019-01-17)
Brain plasticity restored in adult mice through targeting specific nerve cell connections
Research in mice finds a new molecular mechanism that is essential for maturation of brain function and may be used to restore plasticity in aged brains. (2019-01-08)
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