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Processed foods may hold key to rise in autism
University of Central Florida researchers are now a step closer to showing the link between the food pregnant women consume and the effects on a fetus' developing brain. (2019-06-20)
Rare recessive mutations pry open new windows on autism
Most genetic variants linked to autism are de novo mutations, which are not inherited and are relatively easy to find. (2019-06-20)
Study: Eyes hold clues for treating severe autism more effectively
In a new study, researchers demonstrate that assessment tools capturing implicit signs of word knowledge among those with severe autism like eye movement can be more accurate than traditional assessments of vocabulary, pointing the way toward better inventions and spurring much needed new research. (2019-06-19)
Parental support is key when autistic adolescents want to learn to drive
Autistic adolescents need the support of their parents or guardians to prioritize independence so that they are prepared for learning to drive, according to a study of specialized driving instructors who have worked specifically with young autistic drivers. (2019-06-18)
Brain anatomy links cognitive and perceptual symptoms in autism
Neuroscientists at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) and University College London have found an anatomical link between cognitive and perceptual symptoms in autism. (2019-06-18)
Mouse study finds BPA exposure has transgenerational effects on gene linked to autism
Transgenerational bisphenol A (BPA) exposure may contribute to autism, according to a mouse study published in the Endocrine Society's journal Endocrinology. (2019-06-12)
Bullying gets worse as children with autism get older
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to experience bullying than children without ASD and this bullying gets worse with age, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2019-06-12)
How we tune out distractions
MIT neuroscientists have identified a brain circuit that helps us to filter out unwanted background noise or other distracting sensory stimuli. (2019-06-12)
Using gene editing, neuroscientists develop a new model for autism
Using the genome-editing system CRISPR, researchers at MIT and in China have engineered macaque monkeys to express a gene mutation linked to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders in humans. (2019-06-12)
Scientists develop a primate model for autism by genome-editing
A China-US joint research team reported the generation of germline-transmittable cynomolgus macaques with Shank3 mutations, known to cause a form of autism. (2019-06-12)
Autism linked to less empathy in general population -- but that may not be a bad thing
The psychologists behind the research hope their insights can help the autistic community and those around them in adapting support available. (2019-06-07)
Where to draw the line between mental health and illness?
Schizophrenia is considered an illness by nearly all Finns, while grief and homosexuality are not. (2019-06-06)
Classification system based on co-occurring conditions may provide insight into autism
According to research to be published May 31, 2019 in Autism Research, creating a classification system for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) based on co-occurring conditions could provide useful insights into the underlying mechanics of ASD and these conditions. (2019-05-31)
Research confirms gut-brain connection in autism
Up to 90% of people with autism suffer from gut problems, but nobody has known why. (2019-05-30)
Gut bacteria influence autism-like behaviors in mice
Caltech researchers have discovered that gut bacteria directly contribute to autism-like behaviors in mice. (2019-05-30)
Early statin treatment may help children with Fragile X
Children with an inherited form of intellectual disability and autism could be helped by a medicine commonly used to lower cholesterol, if used early in life, research from the University of Edinburgh suggests. (2019-05-29)
'Mindreading' neurons capable of having expectations about the behavior of the others
Psychologists and philosophers had long suggested that simulation is the mechanism whereby humans understand the minds of others. (2019-05-28)
Artificial intelligence detects a new class of mutations behind autism
Using artificial intelligence, a Princeton University-led team has decoded the functional impact of regulatory DNA mutations in people with autism. (2019-05-27)
New causes of autism found in 'junk' DNA
Leveraging artificial intelligence techniques, researchers have demonstrated that mutations in so-called 'junk' DNA can cause autism. (2019-05-27)
Do you hear what I hear?
A new study by Columbia University researchers found that infants at high risk for autism were less attuned to differences in speech patterns than low-risk infants. (2019-05-24)
New approaches to study the genetics of autism spectrum disorder may lead to new therapies
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is highly variable disorder, both in its presentation and in its genetics -- hundreds of risk genes have been identified. (2019-05-24)
How a zebrafish could help solve the mysteries of genetic brain disease
A close look at the rapidly developing zebrafish embryo is helping neuroscientists better understand the potential underpinnings of brain disorders, including autism and schizophrenia. (2019-05-23)
Infants later diagnosed with autism seldom initiate joint attention
A new study published in Biological Psychiatry shows that infants who are later diagnosed with autism react adequately when others initiate joint attention, but seldom actively seek to establish such episodes themselves. (2019-05-22)
'Implicit measures' better assess vocabulary for those with autism than standard tests
In a new study, researchers demonstrate that assessment tools capturing implicit signs of word knowledge among those with severe autism like eye movement can be more accurate than traditional assessments of vocabulary, pointing the way toward better inventions and spurring much needed new research. (2019-05-21)
Scientists succeed in testing potential brain-based method to diagnose autism
Scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine have taken the first step in developing an objective, brain-based test to diagnose autism. (2019-05-20)
Brain cell genomics reveals molecular pathology of autism
Molecular changes in specific types of neural cells and brain circuits correlate with the clinical severity of autism spectrum disorder, a new single-cell analysis of brain cells from autism patients finds. (2019-05-16)
Brain changes in autism traced to specific cell types
Changes in gene activity in specific brain cells are associated with the severity of autism in children and young adults with the disorder, according to a UC San Francisco study of postmortem brain tissue. (2019-05-16)
Older fathers put health of partners, unborn children at risk, Rutgers study finds
Men who delay starting a family have a ticking 'biological clock' -- just like women -- that may affect the health of their partners and children, according to Rutgers researchers. (2019-05-12)
Neurodevelopmental disorders may be rooted in genetics and mitochondrial deficits
A new study published in Neuron provides the first evidence showing that individual nerve cells fail to make the right number of connections. (2019-05-09)
A step toward better understanding brain anatomy of autism spectrum disorder
A new study, led by researchers at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, set out to settle some of the discrepancies related to brain anatomy and ASD, employing a large dataset to obtain their findings. (2019-05-08)
Autism gene linked to brain and behavior deficits in mice
Mice lacking the gene Shank3 display structural and functional deficits in the prefrontal cortex, finds a study published in JNeurosci. (2019-05-06)
Viral infections during pregnancy linked to behavioral abnormalities in offspring
Male and female rats whose mother experienced a simulated viral infection during pregnancy behave abnormally, consistent with behavioral alterations in autism or schizophrenia. (2019-05-02)
CHOP researchers to present new findings at 2019 INSAR Annual Meeting
Two researchers from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) were among five international experts selected to present the results of two innovative studies shaping the field of autism research at the 2019 annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), held this year in Montreal, on May 1-4. (2019-05-01)
Possible link between autism and antidepressants use during pregnancy
An international team led by Duke-NUS Medical School has found a potential link between autistic-like behaviour in adult mice and exposure to a common antidepressant in the womb. (2019-04-30)
Study links gene to sleep problems in autism
Research conducted by a team of Washington State University researchers has found that sleep problems in patients with autism spectrum disorder may be linked to a mutation in the gene SHANK3 that in turn regulates the genes of the body's 24-hour day and night cycle. (2019-04-29)
Autism diagnoses prove highly stable as early as 14 months
Diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by trained professionals in children as young as 14 months are remarkably stable, suggesting that accurate screening and earlier treatment is feasible, report scientists at University of California San Diego School of Medicine. (2019-04-29)
Gene repair improves memory and seizures in adult autism model
There may be reason to treat severe neurodevelopmental disorders at any stage of life, a new study of SYNGAP1 related autism suggests. (2019-04-26)
Girls and boys on autism spectrum tell stories differently, could explain 'missed diagnosis' in girls
A new study from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) examined differences in the way girls and boys on the autism spectrum used certain types of words during storytelling. (2019-04-23)
Neuroscientists reverse some behavioral symptoms of Williams syndrome
In a study of mice, MIT neuroscientists have found that impaired myelination underlies the hypersociability seen in patients with Williams syndrome. (2019-04-22)
Researchers find high-risk genes for schizophrenia
Using a unique computational 'framework' they developed, a team of scientist cyber-sleuths in the Vanderbilt University Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute (VGI) has identified 104 high-risk genes for schizophrenia. (2019-04-22)
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