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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)
Medicinal cannabis may reduce behavioral problems in kids with intellectual disabilities
Cannabidiol, a type of medicinal cannabis, may reduce severe behavioural problems in children and adolescents with an intellectual disability a new study has found. (2020-06-24)
A shorter IQ test for children with special needs
For decades, neuropsychologists have used the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children test as the gold-standard intelligence quotient (IQ) test to determine the intellectual abilities of children with special needs. (2020-06-24)
Unique metabolic markers detect over 50% of children affected by autism spectrum disorder
Blood sample analyses from the Children's Autism Metabolome Project have now reproducibly identified unique metabolic signatures in over 50% of the participating children with autism. (2020-06-18)
An excessive amount of propionic acid (PPA) in food preservatives may hinder brain development
This research proves the mechanism of autism induced by an imbalance of human gut microorganisms. (2020-06-17)
Genetic rescue of SHANK3 is potential therapy in rare forms of autism spectrum disorder
A mouse study by Craig Powell, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues suggests that early genetic rescue may be a potential therapy in autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. (2020-06-15)
National Autism Indicators Report: the connection between autism and financial hardship
A.J. Drexel Autism Institute released the 2020 National Autism Indicators Report highlighting the financial challenges facing households of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including higher levels of poverty, material hardship and medical expenses. (2020-06-10)
Exploring the neurological impact of air pollution
Air pollution has become a fact of modern life, with a majority of the global population facing chronic exposure. (2020-06-03)
Scientific breakthrough toward treatment of Fragile X syndrome
Scientists at the University of Calgary have made a discovery that could lead to treatment of Fragile X syndrome (FXS), the leading genetic cause of autism. (2020-06-02)
Mindfulness improves decision-making, attention in children with autism
School-based mindfulness programs can improve decision-making skills and teach children with autism to focus attention and react less impulsively through breathing exercises that will allow them to reduce anxiety, according to Rutgers researchers. (2020-06-02)
New gut-brain link: How gut mucus could help treat brain disorders
Gut bacterial imbalance is linked with many neurological disorders. Now researchers have identified a common thread: changes in gut mucus. (2020-05-29)
Using brain imaging to demonstrate weaker neural suppression for those with autism
A University of Minnesota Medical School researcher recently published an article in Nature Communications that shows the differences in visual motion perception in autism spectrum disorder are accompanied by weaker neural suppression in the visual cortex of the brain. (2020-05-29)
Autism severity can change substantially during early childhood
A UC Davis MIND Institute study found that around 30% of young children with autism have less severe autism symptoms at age 6 than they did at age 3, with some children losing their autism diagnoses entirely. (2020-05-28)
Exposure to 'good bacteria' during pregnancy buffers risk of autism-like syndrome
Giving beneficial bacteria to stressed mothers during the equivalent of the third trimester of pregnancy prevents an autism-like disorder in their offspring, according to a new animal study. (2020-05-26)
Autistic burnout
Autistic burnout has been a matter of extreme and under-examined urgency for far too long. (2020-05-21)
Overcoming challenges of individuals with autism during the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr. Adrien Eshraghi and Miller School coauthors published a new correspondence titled COVID-19: overcoming the challenges faced by individuals with autism and their families in The Lancet Psychiatry. (2020-05-20)
Cord blood study provides insights on benefits, limitations for autism treatment
In a recent study, Duke researchers tested whether a single infusion of a unit of a child's own or donor cord blood could improve social communication skills in children between the ages of 2-7 diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. (2020-05-19)
Depression symptoms linked to reduced cognitive control in people with autism
Adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and those with typical development show similar proactive cognitive control. (2020-05-19)
Autism risk estimated at 3 to 5% for children whose parents have a sibling with autism
Roughly 3 to 5% of children with an aunt or uncle with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can also be expected to have ASD, compared to about 1.5% of children in the general population, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. (2020-05-18)
Study identifies group of genes with altered expression in autism
The dysregulation appeared to affect communication among neurons in the subjects of the study, which was conducted in Brazil. (2020-05-14)
Washington Post's depictions of autism shift from 'cause and cure' to acceptance
The Washington Post's depiction of autism has shifted over the years from a focus on 'cause and cure' toward one of acceptance and accommodation, say the authors of a study that examined 315 articles published from 2007 to 2017. (2020-05-14)
Study finds only 3% of individuals with autism receive recommended genetic tests
Tests can identify or rule out abnormalities that could impact clinical care, but a study from the R.I. (2020-05-13)
Sleep difficulties linked to altered brain development in infants who late
New research led by the University of Washington finds that sleep problems in a baby's first 12 months may not only precede an autism diagnosis, but also may be associated with altered growth trajectory in a key part of the brain, the hippocampus. (2020-05-07)
New review of studies shows no link between prenatal antidepressant exposure and autism
A mother's use of antidepressants during pregnancy does not appear to increase her child's risk for autism, according to a new meta-analysis by Jeffrey Newport, M.D., published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. (2020-05-07)
Clinicians and autistic transgender youth partner to create first community-built care model
The first ever set of specific recommendations to support transgender autistic young people was co-created by these youth and their families working hand-in-hand with clinical experts. (2020-05-07)
NIH-funded study links early sleep problems to autism diagnosis among at-risk children
A small study funded by the National Institutes of Health suggests that sleep problems among children who have a sibling with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may further raise the likelihood of an ASD diagnosis, compared to at-risk children who do not have difficulty sleeping. (2020-05-07)
Cognitive therapy can help treat anxiety in children with autism
Cognitive behavioural therapy and other psychosocial interventions are effective for treating anxiety in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder, according to an analysis of all relevant studies published in 2005-2018. (2020-05-06)
New insight on maternal infections and neurodevelopmental disorders
The immune responses of a female mouse before pregnancy can predict how likely her offspring are to have behavioral deficits if the immune system is activated during pregnancy, according to researchers from UC Davis. (2020-05-04)
Mole-rats' failure to social distance offers clue for treating some neurological disorders
A new study into why African naked mole-rats shun social distancing in favor of crowded sleeping arrangements provides insight into what may be occurring in the brains of people with certain neurological conditions, including autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, and schizophrenia. (2020-04-30)
New imaging technique sheds light on adult zebrafish brain
Cornell scientists have developed a new technique for imaging a zebrafish's brain at all stages of its development, which could have implications for the study of human brain disorders, including autism. (2020-04-29)
Stress in parents of children with autism: Pets may help
While current events have increased stress for all families, parents of children with autism report higher levels of stress on average than parents of typically developing kids. (2020-04-27)
Potential autism biomarker found in babies, Stanford-led study reports
A biological marker in infants that appears to predict an autism diagnosis has been identified in a small study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (2020-04-27)
Screen time for babies linked to higher risk of autism-like symptoms later in childhood
Sitting a baby in front of a tablet or television, as well as less parent-child play time, are associated with developing greater autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-like symptoms later in childhood. (2020-04-20)
Cochrane Review confirms effectiveness of MMR vaccines
New evidence published in the Cochrane Library today finds MMR, MMRV and MMR+V vaccines are effective and that they are not associated with increased risk of autism. (2020-04-20)
Autism in males linked to defect in brain immune cells, microglia
Autism disproportionately affects boys. A new study offers a potential mechanism. (2020-04-14)
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