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The cerebellum's hidden roles in social and reward-driven behavior
The cerebellum may regulate sociability and reward-driven behavior by controlling the release of dopamine, according to a new study. (2019-01-17)
Brain plasticity restored in adult mice through targeting specific nerve cell connections
Research in mice finds a new molecular mechanism that is essential for maturation of brain function and may be used to restore plasticity in aged brains. (2019-01-08)
Researchers say auditory testing can identify children for autism screening
The authors note a strong connection between auditory dysfunction and autism, suggesting that hearing issues identified at birth can be a clue to monitor the child for autism. (2019-01-07)
Adults with autism can read complex emotions in others
New research shows for the first time that adults with autism can recognise complex emotions such as regret and relief in others as easily as those without the condition. (2019-01-07)
PAC1R mutation may be linked to severity of social deficits in autism
If the pilot findings are corroborated in larger, multi-center studies, the research published in Autism Research represents the first step toward identifying a potential novel biomarker to guide interventions and better predict outcomes for children with autism. (2019-01-07)
Salk team reveals clues into early development of autism spectrum disorder
Researchers at the Salk Institute compared stem cells created from individuals with ASD against stem cells created from those without ASD to uncover, for the first time, measurable differences in the patterns and speed of development in the ASD-derived cells. (2019-01-07)
Can a video game-based 'digital medicine' help children with autism and co-occurring ADHD?
Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) evaluated a digital medicine tool designed as an investigational treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring attention/deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (2019-01-03)
'A way cool way to be': Study offers new insights into children with autism
In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers was able to perform functional MRIs of a group of children with autism whose IQs averaged 54. (2019-01-02)
Meta-analysis highlights important challenges in cognitive processing for adults with ASD
Seaver Autism Center study results contribute to understanding of patterns of cognitive functioning in adults with autism and highlight the importance of a broader approach when studying cognition. (2019-01-02)
A tilt of the head facilitates social engagement, researchers say
Every time we look at a face, we take in a flood of information effortlessly: age, gender, race, expression, the direction of our subject's gaze, perhaps even their mood. (2018-12-27)
A role for microRNAs in social behavior
Researchers have uncovered a microRNA cluster that regulates synaptic strength and is involved in the control of social behavior in mammals. (2018-12-14)
Four studies by Mount Sinai investigators featured in upcoming special issue of Science
Publications reflect Mount Sinai Health System's investment in the exploration of brain genome organization and function. (2018-12-13)
In the developing brain, scientists find roots of neuropsychiatric diseases
The most comprehensive genomic analysis of the human brain ever undertaken has revealed new insights into the changes it undergoes through development, how it varies among individuals, and the roots of neuropsychiatric illnesses such as autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. (2018-12-13)
Noncoding mutations contribute to autism risk
A whole-genome sequencing study of nearly 2,000 families has implicated mutations in 'promoter regions' of the genome -- regions that precede the start of a gene -- in autism. (2018-12-13)
Scientists create genomic resource to explore biological underpinnings of brain disorders
A team of researchers, including scientists from UNC School of Medicine, has developed a model of unprecedented sophistication that relates variations in DNA and gene activity to the risk of brain disorders. (2018-12-13)
Researchers uncover molecular mechanisms linked to autism and schizophrenia
Two UCLA-led studies published in Science have linked DNA changes to their molecular effects in the brain, uncovering new mechanisms for psychiatric diseases. (2018-12-13)
Brain activity shows development of visual sensitivity in autism
Research investigating how the brain responds to visual patterns in people with autism has shown that sensory responses change between childhood and adulthood. (2018-12-11)
Siblings of children with autism or ADHD are at elevated risk for both disorders
Later-born siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at elevated risk for both disorders, a new study led by Meghan Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has concluded. (2018-12-10)
Estimates of ASD, ADHD risk in siblings born after older children with those disorders
Siblings born in a family after other children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were more likely to be diagnosed with the same disorder or the other disorder. (2018-12-10)
Link between neonatal vitamin D deficiency and schizophrenia confirmed
Newborns with vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of schizophrenia later in life, a team of Australian and Danish researchers has reported. (2018-12-06)
Link between newborns with vitamin D deficiency and schizophrenia confirmed
Newborns with Vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of schizophrenia later in life, researchers from Aarhus University and the University of Queensland report. (2018-12-06)
A study connects the genetic background of autistic spectrum disorders with stem cell dysfunction
A recently completed study provides new information on functional changes in the brain connected with autistic spectrum disorders. (2018-12-03)
How common is Autism spectrum disorder and do kids receive treatment?
National survey data for 43,000 U.S. children suggests an estimated 2.8 percent have ever been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 2.5 percent currently have ASD. (2018-12-03)
State lawmakers want to loosen childhood vaccine requirements, but legal barriers persist
An analysis of proposed vaccine legislation between 2011 and 2017 shows that although the majority of proposed bills would have allowed more parents to exempt their children from school immunization requirements, those that favored vaccines were more likely to become law. (2018-11-29)
Home videos of children can be scored to diagnose autism, Stanford study says
Short home videos can be used to diagnose autism in children, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. (2018-11-27)
Brain responses to language in toddlers with Autism linked to altered gene expression
An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of Cyprus and University of California San Diego School of Medicine, have identified a previously unknown, large-scale association between molecular gene expression activity in blood leukocyte cells and altered neural responses to speech in toddlers with autism as measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging. (2018-11-26)
Consistency in core language skill stable in typically and atypically developing children
In a 15-year study of thousands of children, including those with dyslexia and autism spectrum disorders, researchers discovered that a so-called core language skill, as identified here, was stable from infancy to adolescence. (2018-11-21)
Mutation that causes autism and intellectual disability makes brain less flexible
About 1 percent of patients diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability have a mutation in a gene called SETD5. (2018-11-19)
When your brain won't hang up: Sustained connections associated with symptoms of autism
For decades, scientists have examined how regions of the brain communicate to understand autism. (2018-11-16)
Drug candidate may recover vocal abilities lost to ADNP syndrome
A new Tel Aviv University study finds that the drug candidate CP201, also known as NAP, may improve vocal communication abilities in patients with ADNP syndrome, a rare genetic condition. (2018-11-15)
When boy fish build castles to impress girls, boy genes get 'turned on' and 'tuned in'
What if we could observe genes firing off signals to cause some behaviors? (2018-11-13)
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)
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