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Small increase in risk of autism seen for pre- and post-term births
A study of more than 3.5 million Nordic children suggests that the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may increase slightly for each week a child is born before or after 40 weeks of gestation. (2020-09-22)
Deep learning helps explore the structural and strategic bases of autism?
Researchers have applied deep learning models to a vast collection of MRI brain scans of those known to have autism to identify the brain structures and dynamics of the condition in a way far beyond what humans could possibly assess. (2020-09-22)
FABP4: Preschool-aged biomarker discovered for autism spectrum disorder
Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science in Japan have discovered a biomarker that can detect autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in preschool-aged children. (2020-09-10)
Autistic adults have a higher rate of physical health conditions
Autistic individuals are more likely to have chronic physical health conditions, particularly heart, lung, and diabetic conditions, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge. (2020-09-10)
A window into adolescence
Why do some adolescents take more risks than others? Research from University of Delaware Biomedical Engineer Curtis Johnson and graduate student Grace McIlvain suggests that two centers in the brain, one which makes adolescents want to take risks and the other which prevents them from acting on these impulses, physically mature at different rates and that adolescents with large differences in the rate of development between these two brain regions are more likely to be risk-takers. (2020-09-09)
Swine flu vaccination in pregnant women did not increase risk of autism in offspring
Two recent studies were unable to rule out that H1N1 ('swine flu') vaccination ('Pandemrix') and seasonal influenza vaccination given to pregnant women might be associated with autism-spectrum disorder in the offspring. (2020-08-31)
Brain protein linked to seizures, abnormal social behaviors
A team led by a biomedical scientist at the University of California, Riverside has found a new mechanism responsible for the abnormal development of neuronal connections in the mouse brain that leads to seizures and abnormal social behaviors. (2020-08-31)
Physiological test for autism proves effective independent of co-occurring conditions
Developing a physiological test for diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), one that measures certain components in the blood, has the potential to be a paradigm shift for diagnosing ASD. (2020-08-28)
Genetic link between cattle temperament and autism
Researchers have discovered that cattle share an overlap of genes with humans that are critical in brain function and response to fear stimuli. (2020-08-27)
Overlooked 'housekeeping' gene plays unexpected role in seizures
Molecules known as tRNAs are often overlooked in studies of disease processes. (2020-08-26)
Autistic people's nerve cells differ before birth
A new study now shows in human brain cells that Autism, a neurodevelopmental condition, can now be traced back to prenatal development, even though the disorder is not diagnosed until at least 18 months of age. (2020-08-24)
Simple test could improve public attitudes to autism
Psychologists from Bath and Essex suggest existing ways of testing public attitudes towards autism are not fit for purpose. (2020-08-21)
Future mental health care may include diagnosis via brain scan and computer algorithm
Most of modern medicine has physical tests or objective techniques to define much of what ails us. (2020-08-17)
Drexel study: Measuring social networks of young adults with autism
While social isolation is a core challenge associated with autism, researchers from Drexel University's A.J. (2020-08-17)
Autism-cholesterol link
Study identifies genetic link between cholesterol alterations and autism. (2020-08-17)
Pregnant mother's immunity tied to behavioral, emotional challenges for kids with autism
Children with autism born to mothers who had immune conditions during their pregnancy are more likely to have behavioral and emotional problems, a UC Davis Health study has found. (2020-08-14)
Cannabis use in pregnancy linked to a greater risk of autism
In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that children whose mothers reported using cannabis during pregnancy were at greater risk of autism. (2020-08-10)
AI-enhanced precision medicine identifies novel autism subtype
A novel precision medicine approach enhanced by artificial intelligence has laid the groundwork for what could be the first biomedical screening and intervention tool for a subtype of autism, reports a new study. (2020-08-10)
GI symptoms linked to behavioral problems in children, especially those with autism
A new UC Davis Health study found that common gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation and bloating are linked to troubling sleep problems, self-harm and physical complaints in preschool children. (2020-08-10)
Transgender and gender-diverse individuals more likely to be autistic
Transgender and gender-diverse adults are three to six times more likely as cisgender adults (individuals whose gender identity corresponds to their sex assigned at birth) to be diagnosed as autistic, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Cambridge's Autism Research Centre. (2020-08-07)
Autism: How a gene alteration modifies social behavior
A team of researchers at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has discovered a new connection between a genetic alteration and social difficulties related to autism: A mutation in the neuroligin-3 gene reduces the effect of the hormone oxytocin. (2020-08-05)
Epigenetic changes in ADNP syndrome, a cause of autism, do not indicate profound presentation of the disorder
Study Finds Epigenetic Signatures Show Little Correlation to Severity of Symptoms (2020-08-05)
How climate change affects allergies, immune response and autism
Climate change and disruption of the ecosystem have the potential to profoundly impact the human body. (2020-08-05)
Dear Dr... how our email style reveals much about our personalities
An open letter from pscyhologists suggests how we communicate online, including via email and social media, reveals much about our personality and character types. (2020-08-04)
Study reveals greater excitability in social brain regions of autistic men compared to women
New insight on differences in the brains of men and women with autism has been published today in the open-access journal eLife. (2020-08-04)
Autism spectrum disorder can be predicted from health checkups at 18 months
An early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, a type of developmental disorder was found to be effective from routine health checkups of infants at 18 months of age. (2020-08-03)
Alteration of calcium channel signaling may explain mechanism of autism spectrum disorder
Based on altering calcium channel kinetics and gene activation exhibited by the Timothy mutant, these results provide insight into the cellular mechanism that allows predicting disease risk, and genetic diagnosis of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. (2020-08-03)
Humans and flies employ very similar mechanisms for brain development and function
A new study led by researchers from King's College London has shown that humans, mice and flies share the same fundamental genetic mechanisms that regulate the formation and function of brain areas involved in attention and movement control. (2020-08-03)
Cell antennas lacking in Fragile X syndrome, study finds
Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found fewer structures called primary cilia in the brains of mice born with Fragile X syndrome. (2020-07-30)
Experimental drug for Alzheimer's may help children with autism
An extensive international study led by Tel Aviv University researchers found deposits of the tau protein typically found in Alzheimer's patients in tissues taken from the postmortem brain of a 7-year-old autistic child. (2020-07-28)
Online tools can improve autism diagnosis
Online tools and assessments can help speed up diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the first comprehensive survey of research in the field has concluded. (2020-07-23)
Mapping the brain's sensory gatekeeper
Researchers from MIT and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have mapped the thalamic reticular nucleus in unprecedented detail, revealing that the region contains two distinct subnetworks of neurons with different functions. (2020-07-22)
Calcium channel subunits play a major role in autistic disorders
Neurobiologists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have found new evidence that specific calcium channel subunits play a crucial role in the development of excitatory and inhibitory synapses. (2020-07-22)
Blueprint of oxytocin receptor facilitates development of new autism drugs
Oxytocin plays a role in various mental health and sexual reproduction disorders. (2020-07-15)
Autism researchers map brain circuitry of social preference
A new study reveals how two key neural circuits dictate the choice between social approach and avoidance. (2020-07-14)
Vascular development may be at risk in autism
A Canadian collaboration led by Dr. Baptiste Lacoste has undertaken the first ever in-depth study of vasculature in the autistic brain. (2020-07-13)
Researcher develops method for mapping brain cell change, development in mice
Penn State researchers have developed a new method for studying key moments in brain development. (2020-07-13)
Discovery of a novel drug candidate to develop effective treatments for brain disorders
Researchers at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia discovered a novel chemical compound, which has the potential to became a new drug for the treatment of core symptoms of brain disorders like Down syndrome and autism. (2020-07-10)
Artificial tones in perception experiments could be missing the mark, research
Researchers at McMaster University who study how the brain processes sound have discovered the common practice of using artificial tones in perception experiments could mean scientists are overlooking important and interesting discoveries in the field of brain research. (2020-07-07)
IU School of Medicine study paves way for earlier autism diagnosis in Indiana
Led by Nancy Swigonski, MD and Mary Ciccarelli, MD, a team of faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine have developed a statewide early ASD screening and evaluation system in the primary care setting showing success in improving access to evaluations and lowering the age of diagnosis. (2020-07-06)
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