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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause considerable social, communication and behavioral challenges. People with ASD often have issues with social, emotional, and communication skills. They might repeat cert



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Western University researchers identify mechanism that regulates acoustic habituation

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Most people will startle when they hear an unexpected loud sound. The second time they hear the noise, they'll startle significantly less; by the third time, they'll barely startle at all.



Imbalances in neural pathways may contribute to repetitive behaviors in autism

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Genetic studies have linked a number of risk genes to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).



Parent-mediated therapy may help babies at risk of developing autism

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The earliest autism intervention study in the world that uses video to provide feedback to parents of babies at family risk of autism, has indicated a reduction in the severity of emerging signs of...



Girls are better at masking autism than boys

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Girls with autism have relatively good social skills, which means that their autism is often not recognised. Autism manifests itself in girls differently from in boys.



Children with autism find understanding facial expressions difficult

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A team from Bristol's School of Experimental Psychology aimed to find out whether six basic facial expressions differing in intensity are challenging for young people with autism to recognise.



Swimming lessons may be life-saver for children with autism

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study looking at injury mortality in people with autism finds that accidental deaths are common and that swimming lessons could save lives.



New biochemical method accurately diagnoses autism in children

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New method uses biochemistry to accurately predict whether a child will develop autism spectrum disorder by measuring the products of metabolic processes.



The genes and neural circuits behind autism's impaired sociability

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have gained new insight into the genetic and neuronal circuit mechanisms that may contribute to impaired sociability in some forms of...



Researchers find promising lead that reduces autism symptoms and more

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of autism. Even though the single gene that's responsible for it was discovered in 1991, and the disease is detected by a simple blood test, there's no...



World's largest autism genome database shines new light on many 'autisms'

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The newest study from the Autism Speaks MSSNG project - the world's largest autism genome sequencing program - identified an additional 18 gene variations that appear to increase the risk of autism.



Cerebrospinal fluid: Potential biomarker for autism found

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Although autism appears to be on the rise, there are still no reliable biomarkers. A new study looking at links with cerebrospinal fluid may change this.



Study finds new mechanism to control information flow in the brain

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Specialized nerve cells, known as somatostatin-expressing (Sst) interneurons, in the outer part of the mammalian brain (or cerebral cortex) - play a key role in controlling how information flows in...



Autism risk genes linked to evolving brain

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may have been positively selected during human evolution because they also contribute to enhanced cognition, a new Yale study suggests.



Genital herpes in pregnancy may raise autism risk for offspring

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Researchers suggest that mothers with a greater immune response to herpes simplex virus 2 in pregnancy may be more likely to have children with autism.



Algorithm predicts whether high-risk babies will develop autism

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Predicting whether someone will go on to develop autism is currently impossible. A new algorithm that measures brain development may change this.



Autism more common in people whose brains are anatomically more male-like

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Autism is more common in males. Now, a new study finds it also linked to having a brain with certain anatomical features that are more common in males.



Adults with autism see interests as strengths, career paths

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Adults on the autism spectrum see their interests as possible fields of study and career paths, as well as ways to mitigate anxiety, finds a study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education...



Autism may begin early in brain development

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Autism is not a single condition, but a spectrum of disorders that affect the brain's ability to perceive and process information.



Study finds children exposed to complications at birth at risk of autism

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Children who were exposed to complications shortly before or during birth, including birth asphyxia and preeclampsia, were more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder, according to a Kaiser...



Study shows early brain changes in fragile X syndrome

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is giving researchers a first look at the early stages of brain development in patients with Fragile X syndrome, a disorder...



Could a tuberculosis drug help treat autism?

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers suggest that an antibiotic prescribed for the treatment of tuberculosis might help to reduce the social deficits seen in people with autism.



New clinical trial shows 'promising results' for ASD treatment

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Researchers from Arizona State University are developing autism treatments by improving the gut microbiota through fecal microbial transplants.



Brain alterations in preterm babies may begin weeks before birth

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Brain changes in preterm infants that can put them at increased risk of developmental disorders may begin in the womb, new research finds.



Genes affecting our communication skills relate to genes for psychiatric disorder

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The researchers studied the genetic overlap between the risk of having these psychiatric disorders and measures of social communicative competence - the ability to socially engage with other people...



Double effort against Rett's syndrome

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 02:00:00 PDT

The trick against haploinsufficiencies: getting the "single" gene to work for two.