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Largest ever study of psychological sex differences and autistic traits
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have completed the world's largest ever study of typical sex differences and autistic traits. (2018-11-12)
Children with autism thrive in mainstream pre-schools
In a world first, breakthrough research from La Trobe University has shown that toddlers with autism are just as capable of learning important life skills through early-intervention delivered in mainstream pre-schools as in specialised settings. (2018-11-10)
Autism is associated with zinc deficiency in early development -- now a study links the two
Autism has been associated with zinc deficiency in infancy. While it is not yet known whether zinc deficiency in early development causes autism, scientists have now found a mechanistic link. (2018-11-09)
Saliva-based RNA panel distinguishes children on autism spectrum from non-autistic peers
A new saliva-based biomarker panel could improve the ability to accurately identify children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in its earliest stages. (2018-11-09)
Emotional vulnerabilities shape complex behavioral arrangement of toddlers with ASD
At the time when autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be first reliably diagnosed, toddlers affected by ASD are already displaying emotional vulnerabilities potentially foreshadowing the emergence of co-morbid affective and behavioral conditions highly prevalent in older children, reports a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). (2018-11-06)
Music improves social communication in autistic children
Improved communication skills may be linked to increased connectivity between auditory and motor regions of the brain, researchers at Université de Montreal and McGill University find. (2018-11-05)
Air pollution linked to autism: study
Exposure to toxic air pollutants is linked to an increased risk of developing autism, according to a Monash University study of Chinese children during their first three-years of life. (2018-11-05)
'Master key' gene has links to both ASD and schizophrenia
Researchers at Emory and the Chinese Academy of Sciences analyze mice partially lacking MIR-137. (2018-11-05)
Studies highlight lasting effects of early life stress on the genome, gut, and brain
Excessive stress during fetal development or early childhood can have long-term consequences for the brain, from increasing the likelihood of brain disorders and affecting an individual's response to stress as an adult to changing the nutrients a mother may pass on to her babies in the womb. (2018-11-04)
Unraveling a genetic network linked to autism
Donnelly Centre Researchers have uncovered a network of more than 200 genes linked to autism. (2018-11-02)
Common medications taken during pregnancy are not associated with risk for autism
New method developed by Mount Sinai team allows systematic study of effects of a wide range of drugs on the developing fetus. (2018-10-31)
Prenatal exposures to medication affecting brain neurotransmitter systems and risk of ASD
An exploratory study that examined autism spectrum disorder (ASD) risk and prenatal exposure to medications that affect neurotransmitters, including the typical targets of antidepressants and antipsychotics, suggests that most medications weren't associated with higher estimates of ASD risk. (2018-10-31)
Brainwave activity reveals potential biomarker for autism in children
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects children's social and intellectual development. (2018-10-26)
At last, a simple way to solve the complex mysteries of the microbiome
Understanding how the microbes in the microbiome interact -- and how they influence human health -- is a gargantuan task, akin to counting the grains of sand on a beach. (2018-10-25)
Unique patterns of neural communications found in brains of children with autism
A research team studying MRI scans of school-age children's brains found unique patterns of neural communication involving the amygdala, the area of the brain responsible for processing social information. (2018-10-25)
Social stigma contributes to poor mental health in the autistic community
Stress related to social stigma may be the reason why autistic people experience more mental health problems than the general population, dispelling past theories that the condition itself is the origin of such distress. (2018-10-22)
In kids with autism, short questionnaire may detect GI disorders
Though they can be difficult to detect, gastrointestinal disorders are common in kids with autism, sometimes causing anger, aggression, and other behavior problems. (2018-10-22)
Children with autism, developmental delays nearly 50 percent more likely to be overweight, obese
A new study reveals that children with developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), are up to 50 percent more likely to be overweight or obese compared with the general population. (2018-10-18)
Bee social or buzz off: Study links genes to social behaviors, including autism
A new study published this week found that the social lives of sweat bees -- named for their attraction to perspiration -- are linked to patterns of activity in specific genes, including ones linked to autism. (2018-10-18)
Largest autism sequencing study to date yields 102 genes associated with ASD
In the largest genetic sequencing study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to date, researchers have identified 102 genes associated with ASD, and report significant progress toward teasing apart the genes associated with ASD from those associated with intellectual disability and developmental delay, conditions between which there is often overlap. (2018-10-16)
Survey shows widespread skepticism of flu shot
The consensus among medical professionals is that the flu shot is safe and is the most effective tool we have in preventing the flu, but a new national survey by Orlando Health finds that a shocking number of parents are still skeptical about the safety and effectiveness of the flu shot. (2018-10-15)
Earlier treatment could help reverse autistic-like behavior in tuberous sclerosis
New research in a mouse model suggests that the drug rapamycin can reverse autism-like social deficits -- but only if given early. (2018-10-09)
Compound improves social interaction in autism mouse model
Children with autism often find social interactions awkward, leaving them isolated. (2018-09-26)
Immune cell pruning of dopamine receptors may modulate behavioral changes in adolescence
A study by MassGeneral Hospital for Children researchers finds that the immune cells of the brain called microglia play a crucial role in brain development during adolescence, but that role is different in males and females. (2018-09-25)
New developments in EEG brain scans could help spot mental disorders early
Patients suffering from mental and neurological disorders, including autism, ADHD and dementia, could benefit from new developments in brain scanning technology, according to a new study published in The Neurodiagnostic Journal. (2018-09-25)
Overlooked signal in MRI scans reflects amount, kind of brain cells
A six-minute MRI scan gives enough data for researchers to study how the brain develops, or to detect the loss of brain cells due to injury or illness. (2018-09-24)
Latest research hints at predicting autism risk for pregnant mothers
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute--led by Juergen Hahn, professor and head of biomedical engineering--are continuing to make remarkable progress with their research focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (2018-09-21)
Study of protein 'trafficker' provides insight into autism and other brain disorders
Researchers have discovered that the protein ASTN2 shuttles receptors away from the surface of neurons, a process that facilitates efficient brain activity. (2018-09-21)
Overlapping copy number variations underlie autism and schizophrenia in Japanese patients
Common genetic variants may underlie autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia across human populations, according to a study appearing Sept. (2018-09-11)
Chronic diseases driven by metabolic dysfunction
Progress in treating chronic illness, where the cause of the problem is often unknown, has lagged. (2018-09-07)
New biomarker panel could accelerate autism diagnoses
Investigators at the UC Davis MIND Institute and NeuroPointDX, a division of Stemina Biomarker Discovery, have identified a group of blood metabolites that could help detect some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (2018-09-06)
Rapid weight gain during infancy possible risk factor for later obesity in kids with autism
Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern that can have a profound impact on children's health and well-being. (2018-09-06)
Building a Better Brain-in-a-Dish, Faster and Cheaper
Writing in the current online issue of the journal Stem Cells and Development, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe development of a rapid, cost-effective method to create human cortical organoids directly from primary cells. (2018-09-06)
Researchers find disrupted functional connectivity in cerebellum of adults with HF-ASD
A new study using an unbiased, whole-brain data-driven approach to assess the resting-state functional connectome in young adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HF-ASD) found two clusters of abnormal connectivity in the cerebellum. (2018-09-05)
Study helps children hit the right note in supporting autistic peers
Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with autism, a new study in the journal Autism reports. (2018-08-28)
First biomarker evidence of DDT-autism link
A study of more than 1 million pregnancies in Finland reports that elevated levels of a metabolite of the banned insecticide DDT in the blood of pregnant women are linked to increased risk for autism in the offspring. (2018-08-16)
Microbial activity in the mouth may differentiate children with autism spectrum disorder
Research suggests that shifts in bacterial populations within a child's mouth could provide objective biomarkers for identifying autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (2018-08-16)
Study links mothers' pesticide levels with autism in children
A new study from The American Journal of Psychiatry finds that elevated pesticide levels in pregnant women are associated with an increased risk of autism among their children. (2018-08-16)
Discovery of a key protein involved in the development of autism
The protein CPEB4, which coordinates the expression of hundreds of genes required for neuronal activity, is altered in the brains of individuals with autism. (2018-08-16)
Autism linked to egg cells' difficulty creating large proteins
New work from Carnegie's Ethan Greenblatt and Allan Spradling reveals that the genetic factors underlying fragile X syndrome, and potentially from other autism-related disorders, stem from defects in the cell's ability to create unusually large protein structures. (2018-08-16)
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