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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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Experimental drugs rewire brain connections in autism

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

Researchers reveal a different role played by missing gene in autism and uncover potential new treatments to reverse its effect on neural communication.



The 10 best autism blogs

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PST

Autism affects everyone differently depending on its severity. We have found the best autism blogs that support individuals, families, and carers.



What is stimming?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

Stimming is a common symptom of autism. Learn more about it here, including the different types of behavior that can occur, and what can be done to help.



Could multivitamin use in pregnancy protect children from autism?

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:00:00 PST

A new study published in The BMJ suggests that children born to mothers who use multivitamins during pregnancy may be at lower risk of autism.



How does oxytocin control the brain's social reward circuit?

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research sheds light on the mechanisms behind the brain's social reward circuitry. Results point to oxytocin as the "gatekeeper" to prosocial behavior.



Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PST

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children's pesticide-related autism risk.



Flat affect: Psychological symptoms and treatment

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PST

Flat affect is characterized by a lack of reaction to emotional stimuli, and can include a monotone voice or lack of expression in the face. Learn more.



Altered mitochondria associated with increased autism risk

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PST

Mitochondria, the tiny structures inside our cells that generate energy, may play a key role in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).



Gut bacteria influence the brain indirectly, study shows

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PST

A new study shows that some gut bacteria influence the brain through blood cortisol. This might have implications for ASD, but further studies are needed.



MRI reveals striking brain differences in people with genetic autism

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PST

In the first major study of its kind, researchers using MRI have identified structural abnormalities in the brains of people with one of the most common genetic causes of autism, according to a new...



No wonder cure, but music therapy can still be helpful for children with autism

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PST

An international study finds the improvements from improvisational music therapy, on symptoms of autism, to be similar to those who do not receive music therapy.



Autism may reflect excitation-inhibition imbalance in brain, study finds

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PST

A study by Stanford University investigators suggests that key features of autism reflect an imbalance in signaling from excitatory and inhibitory neurons in a portion of the forebrain, and that...



People with autism are less surprised by the unexpected

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PST

Adults with autism may overestimate the volatility of the world around them, finds a new UCL study published in Nature Neuroscience.



Autism severity detected with brain activity test

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PST

UCLA researchers have discovered that children with autism have a tell-tale difference on brain tests compared with other children.



Antidepressant use in pregnant women linked to small increase in autism

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new study found that antidepressant medications taken during pregnancy may be linked to the development of autism in children - although the effect appears to be limited.



Eye test could help diagnose autism

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new study out in European Journal of Neuroscience could herald a new tool that helps physicians identify a sub-group of people with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD).



Females with autism show greater difficulty with day-to-day tasks than male counterparts

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PST

Largest study to date of executive function in females with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) reveals unique challenges in diagnosis and intervention.



Study: Diet not connected to GI problems in children with autism

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PST

Stress - not nutrition - likely cause of increased GI issues.Many children with autism spectrum disorder experience significant gastrointestinal issues, but the cause of these symptoms is...



In autism, genes drive eye gaze abnormalities

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PST

Twin study reveals strong genetic influences on how infants visually explore social world.



Autism: Which children respond to oxytocin treatment?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PST

Oxytocin treatment is thought to improve sociability in some children. A new clinical trial investigates which children are likely to respond best and why.



How an autism gene mutation alters brain development

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PST

Using mouse models, researchers have shed light on how mutations in the CHD8 gene affect brain development and cognitive functioning to trigger autism.



People with autism may be more rational in their economic choices

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists compare the decision-making abilities of adults with autism spectrum disorder and adults without. The former may be less biased than the latter.



Researchers explore why those with autism avoid eye contact

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PST

Imaging studies reveal overactivation of subcortical brain structures in response to direct gaze.



Fever in pregnancy tied to higher risk of autism

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PST

Study of more than 95,000 children found that autism risk rose by over 300 percent if mothers had had three or more fevers after 12 weeks of pregnancy.



Study shows active video games could improve kids' development

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PST

Video games might not be as bad for kids as we think, with new research showing interactive games like the Nintendo Wii can help non-typically developing children improve critical motor skills.