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Autistic adults thought they were 'bad people'
Many over-50s who were diagnosed with autism late in life had grown up believing they were bad people, according to a new study published in the journal Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine. (2019-11-06)
Behavioral therapy for insomnia shows benefit for children with autism and their parents
Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders have found cognitive behavioral therapy can improve child and parent sleep, child behavior and parent fatigue. (2019-11-05)
The truth about misinformation
A new study shows why it is sometimes difficult for consumers to internalize retracted information from companies or news organizations. (2019-11-04)
Zebrafish study reveals developmental mechanisms of eye movement
Zebrafish research is a promising way to understand the neural and genetic causes of eye movement problems in people, according to multi-university research led by Albert Pan of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC. (2019-11-04)
Daylight Saving Time has long-term effects on health
The annual transition to and from daylight saving time (DST) has clinical implications that last longer than the days where clocks 'fall back' or 'spring forward.' (2019-11-04)
People with autism have a more symmetrical brain
Do people with autism have differently organized brains? A large-scale MRI study, published in Nature Communications, reports fewer differences between the right and left hemispheres in people with autism spectrum disorder. (2019-10-31)
NIH-funded study suggests acetaminophen in pregnancy linked to higher risk of ADHD, autism
Exposure to acetaminophen in the womb may increase a child's risk for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder, suggests a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. (2019-10-30)
Can watching movies detect autism?
In the current study, the researchers presented ASD and control children with three short movies, each shown twice. (2019-10-28)
Genetic variants for autism linked to higher rates of self-harm and childhood maltreatment
People with a higher genetic likelihood of autism are more likely to report higher childhood maltreatment, self-harm and suicidal thoughts according to a new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge. (2019-10-28)
Expecting the unexpected: A new model for cognition
Researchers in the Cognitive Neurorobotics Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have developed a computer model inspired by known biological brain mechanisms, modeling how the brain learns and recognizes new information and then makes predictions about incoming sensory inputs. (2019-10-23)
Drug combination reverses hypersensitivity to noise
MIT neuroscientists have identified two brain circuits that help to tune out distracting sensory information, and showed that enhancing the activity of those circuits in mice could reverse noise hypersensitivity, a common symptom of autism. (2019-10-23)
'Brain in a dish' models advance studies of neural development and disease
Experimental advances using lab-grown brain organoids are helping to clarify how best to use them as a model system to understand human brain development and diseases. (2019-10-22)
Brain imaging reveals neural correlates of human social behavior
Advances in the study of human social behavior may lead to a better understanding of normal processes such as empathy and theory of mind, as well as dysregulated conditions including autism spectrum disorder. (2019-10-22)
Little evidence common antidepressant is effective in autism spectrum disorders
A new study has found there is little evidence that a widely used antidepressant is effective at reducing obsessive compulsive behaviors in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. (2019-10-22)
New therapeutic strategy may help reverse autism behavioral abnormalities
Mutations in specific genes, such as PTEN, can explain many autism cases. (2019-10-21)
Studies of autism spectrum disorder reveal new avenues of neuroscience research
Advances in the study of cognitive disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), may pave the way for future treatments. (2019-10-21)
Autism spectrum disorder risk linked to insufficient placental steroid
A study led by Children's National Hospital and presented during Neuroscience 2019 finds that loss of allopregnanolone, a key hormone supplied by the placenta, leads to long-term structural alterations of the cerebellum -- a brain region essential for smooth motor coordination, balance and social cognition -- and increases the risk of developing autism. (2019-10-20)
Study: First evidence of immune response targeting brain cells in autism
Post-mortem analysis of brains of people with autism revealed cellular features not previously linked to autism. (2019-10-17)
New DNA 'clock' could help measure development in young children
Scientists have developed a molecular 'clock' that could reshape how pediatricians measure and monitor childhood growth and potentially allow for an earlier diagnosis of life-altering development disorders. (2019-10-15)
Sweating for science
When people become stressed, their bodies can respond by sweating. (2019-10-10)
Autism spectrum disorders linked with excess weight gain in children
A recent meta-analysis published in Obesity Reviews revealed that children with autism spectrum disorders had a 41.1% higher risk of developing obesity than matched groups of children, and on average, 22 out of 100 children with autism were found to have obesity. (2019-10-09)
Severe morning sickness associated with higher risk of autism
Children whose mothers had hyperemesis gravidarum -- a severe form of a morning sickness -- during pregnancy were 53% more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to Kaiser Permanente research published in the American Journal of Perinatology. (2019-10-03)
Full-body interaction videogames enhance social skills in children with autism disorders
Communicating with others is one of the biggest difficulties for autistic children. (2019-10-01)
Exploring the brain in a new way: WVU researcher records neurons to understand cognition
Whether we're searching for Waldo or our keys in a room of clutter, we tap into a part of the frontal region of the brain when performing visual, goal-related tasks. (2019-10-01)
First large-scale study of universal screening for autism raises questions about accuracy
In the first large, real-world study of universal screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in toddlers, researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have found that the most widely used and researched screening tool is less accurate than shown in previous studies conducted in research laboratory settings. (2019-09-27)
Technique can image individual proteins within synapses
Researchers at MIT and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT have devised a new way to rapidly image synaptic proteins at high resolution. (2019-09-26)
Predicting cancer versus autism risk in PTEN patients
In a new study published in American Journal of Human Genetics, a team of researchers led by Charis Eng, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of Cleveland Clinic's Genomic Medicine Institute, identified a metabolite that may predict whether individuals with PTEN mutations will develop cancer or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (2019-09-26)
Perturbed genes regulating white blood cells linked to autism genetics and severity
Researchers at UC San Diego say they are getting closer to identifying the mechanisms of autism spectrum disorder, revealing a critical gene network that is disrupted and which helps predict severity of symptoms. (2019-09-23)
Brain imaging shows how nonverbal children with autism have slower response to sounds
Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) used state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to determine how nonverbal or minimally verbal people who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) processes auditory stimuli, which could have important diagnostic and prognostic implications across the autism spectrum. (2019-09-18)
Low-cost blood pressure drug improves brain function in individuals with autism
Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders have discovered a version of the drug known as propranolol could provide cognitive and social benefits for those living with autism spectrum disorder. (2019-09-18)
Early maternal anemia tied to intellectual disability, ADHD and autism
The timing of anemia -- a common condition in late pregnancy -- can make a big difference for the developing fetus, according to research at Karolinska Institutet published in JAMA Psychiatry. (2019-09-18)
People with autism show atypical brain activity when coordinating visual and motor information
The brain is organized differently in individuals with ASD in its function for basic sensorimotor behaviors, but these functions can differ between people with autism. (2019-09-18)
Poor motor skills predict long-term language impairments for children with autism
Fine motor skills - used for eating, writing and buttoning clothing - may be a strong predictor for identifying whether children with autism are at risk for long-term language disabilities, according to a Rutgers-led study. (2019-09-11)
Autism study stresses importance of communicating with all infants
A new study from a UT Dallas assistant professor affiliated with the Infant Brain Imaging Study network that included infants later diagnosed with autism suggests that all children benefit from exposure to rich speech environments from their caregivers. (2019-09-04)
Study discovers abnormal expression of genes in psychopathy
The expression of many genes that have previously been associated with autism is abnormal also in violent psychopathy, a new study shows. (2019-08-29)
Autism rates increasing fastest among black, Hispanic youth
Autism rates among black and HIspanic children are catching up to and, in many states, exceeding rates among white youth, who have historically had higher prevalence, a new study shows. (2019-08-28)
Gene linked to autism undergoes changes in men's sperm after pot use
A specific gene associated with autism appears to undergo changes in the sperm of men who use marijuana, according to new research from Duke Health. (2019-08-27)
Stable home lives improve prospects for preemies
Researchers at at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2019-08-26)
Is it autism? The line is getting increasingly blurry
If the current trend in diagnostic practices holds, the definition of autism may get too blurry to be meaningful, a Canadian research team finds. (2019-08-21)
New study shows how autism can be measured through a non-verbal marker
A Dartmouth-led research team has identified a non-verbal, neural marker of autism. (2019-08-15)
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