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Brain discovery suggests source of lifelong behavioral issues
The finding also could have important implications for a wide range of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. (2020-04-08)
Genes sow seeds of neuropsychiatric diseases before birth, in early childhood
From early prenatal development through childhood, the prefrontal cortex of the human brain undergoes an avalanche of developmental activity. (2020-04-07)
Changes in brain attention may underlie autism
New research in JNeurosci explores how a particular region of the brainstem might explain differences in attention in people with autism. (2020-04-06)
Pilot study suggests promise of new approach to treat adults with autism and depression
Medical University of South Carolina researchers report in Autism Research the findings of a pilot study assessing the safety and potential efficacy of transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, to treat patients with both autism and depression. (2020-04-06)
Single mutation leads to big effects in autism-related gene
A new study in Neuron offers clues to why autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more common in boys than in girls. (2020-04-02)
US autism rates up 10 percent in new CDC report
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health contributed to a new U.S. (2020-03-26)
A molecule that directs neurons
A research team coordinated by the University of Trento studied a mass of brain cells, the habenula, linked to disorders like autism, schizophrenia and depression. (2020-03-24)
Researchers develop method for measuring quality of life for people on autism spectrum
A new study led by researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) shows that a set of simple questionnaires can help clinicians and families better evaluate the quality of life of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (2020-03-23)
Autism rates declining among wealthy whites, while escalating among poor, minorities
Wealthy, white California counties -- once considered the nation's hotbeds for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) -- have seen prevalence flatten or fall in the last two decades, while rates among poor whites and minorities keep ticking up, new CU Boulder research has found. (2020-03-20)
University of Miami researchers find an early behavioral marker for autism
Many babies cry or show other signs of distress when a parent departs and they are left behind with a stranger. (2020-03-13)
Robots popular with older adults
A new study by psychologists from the University of Jena (Germany) does not confirm that robot skepticism among elder people is often suspected in science. (2020-03-12)
Probing the genes that organize early brain development
A new study finds how a specific gene can impact neurodevelopment and lead to macrocephaly and autism spectrum disorder in animal and lab models. (2020-03-11)
Researchers question reliability of common autistic personality test
Autistic personality questionnaire used by GPs and researchers is 'unreliable' say researchers from universities of Bath and Cardiff. (2020-03-05)
Understanding how the brain predicts could make treating autism easier
Our brains make our lives easier by predicting what will happen next based on previous experiences. (2020-03-05)
Reducing problem behaviors for children with autism
Self-inflicted injury, aggression toward others and yelling are common problem behaviors associated with young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. (2020-03-04)
Could targeting an Alzheimer's-associated protein prevent Autism?
Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes report in Neuron that reducing levels of a protein called tau prevents the core symptoms from arising in mouse models simulating different forms of autism spectrum disorders. (2020-03-02)
The neural basis of sensory hypersensitivity
A study from MIT and Brown University reveals a neural circuit that appears to underlie sensory hypersensitivity in a mouse model of autism, offering a possible strategy for developing new treatments. (2020-03-02)
Socially assistive robot helps children with autism learn
Researchers at USC's Department of Computer Science have developed personalized learning robots for children with autism. (2020-02-27)
Antidepressant harms baby neurons in lab-grown 'mini-brains'
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have demonstrated the use of stem-cell-derived 'mini-brains' to detect harmful side effects of a common drug on the developing brain. (2020-02-21)
Intervention is essential for reducing loneliness and social isolation in ASD
Researchers evaluated the efficacy of the Preschool Peer Social Intervention in facilitating peer engagement among preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), with a primary goal of increasing their social engagement during mixed interactions with their peers with ASD and peers with typical development. (2020-02-21)
Study detects abnormally low levels of a key protein in brains of young men with autism
Brains of young men with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have low levels of a protein that appears to play a role in inflammation and metabolism. (2020-02-21)
Autism eye scan could lead to early detection
A new eye scan could help identify autism in children years earlier than currently possible. (2020-02-20)
Prenatal phthalate exposure associated with autistic traits in young boys
Exposure in the womb to phthalates, a group of endocrine-disrupting chemicals present in cosmetics and other common household products, was associated with autistic traits in boys, ages 3 and 4, but not in girls, according to a new study led by a University of Massachusetts Amherst environmental epidemiologist. (2020-02-19)
Study finds empathy can be detected in people whose brains are at rest
UCLA researchers have found that it is possible to assess a person's ability to feel empathy by studying their brain activity while they are resting rather than while they are engaged in specific tasks. (2020-02-18)
Key modifier identified in large genetic deletion related to neurodevelopmental disorders
Neurodevelopmental disorders, including schizophrenia and autism, likely result from complex interactions that modify the effects of individual genes, according to new research. (2020-02-14)
Predicting autism risk may begin with a drop of blood
A novel research study by UC San Diego researchers will determine whether testing stored blood drops, recorded at birth, for 1,000 different molecules and chemicals can help predict autism risk years before symptoms would likely appear. (2020-02-13)
Gene associated with autism also controls growth of the embryonic brain
A UCLA-led study reveals a new role for a gene that's associated with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and language impairment. (2020-02-12)
Gut feelings: Gut bacteria are linked to our personality
Sociable people have a higher abundance of certain types of gut bacteria and also more diverse bacteria, an Oxford University study has found. (2020-02-12)
Research points to potential brain marker of stress and its effects on problem solving
Stress response is the body's normal physiological reaction to a situation that it perceives as threatening. (2020-02-11)
Gluten- and casein-free diets found not to affect behavior of autistic children
The study, conducted by the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Granada, involved more than 50 children diagnosed with autism-spectrum disorders (2020-02-05)
Autism screening rate soars with use of CHICA system developed by Regenstrief and IU
Universal early screening for autism is recommended for all children but is not routinely performed. (2020-02-05)
More pieces of the autism puzzle uncovered
A major international study from the Autism Sequencing Consortium with participation of researchers from the Danish iPSYCH psychiatry project, has recently mapped 102 new autism genes. (2020-02-04)
New study links autism to specific cell, paves way for potential approach to treatment
People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appear to suffer malfunctions in a cell that produces a special coating around nerve fibers that facilitates efficient electrical communication across the brain. (2020-02-03)
Horseback riding combined with cognitive exercises can help children with ADHD and autism spectrum
A combination of therapeutic horseback riding and brain-building exercises can help children with neurodevelopmental disorders improve their motor skills, according to a new study. (2020-01-31)
Salk scientists link rapid brain growth in autism to DNA damage
Researchers at the Salk Institute have discovered a unique pattern of DNA damage that arises in brain cells derived from individuals with a macrocephalic form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (2020-01-30)
Scientists discover link between autism and cognitive impairment
Scientists have found how a single gene fragment impacts social behaviour and cognitive ability, revealing a common molecular mechanism for autism and Fragile X syndrome. (2020-01-29)
Study challenges assumptions about social interaction difficulties in autism
Results from researchers at UT Dallas suggest that successful social interactions for autistic adults revolve around partner compatibility and not just the skill set of either person. (2020-01-29)
Using virtual reality to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Novel interventions using virtual reality to aid individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) handle common scenarios may include helping youngsters navigate air travel. (2020-01-28)
Autism diagnosis test needs improvement, Rutgers researchers say
Rutgers researchers have found that a test widely used to diagnose whether children have autism is less reliable than previously assumed. (2020-01-27)
Prescription drug improves symptoms of autism by targeting brain's chemical messengers
Bumetanide -- a prescription drug for oedema (the build-up of fluid in the body) -- improves some of the symptoms in young children with autism spectrum disorders and has no significant side effects, according to a new study from researchers in China and the UK. (2020-01-26)
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