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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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Brain alterations in preterm babies may begin weeks before birth

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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



Could absence of one protein explain 1 in 3 cases of autism?

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

People with autism have low levels of the protein nSR100. Now, by reducing this this protein in mice, scientists have triggered behaviors linked to autism.



Paternal aging and its possible link to neurodevelopmental disorders

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are on the rise, but its underlying mechanisms are poorly understood.



Study: Autism brain response theory a dead end

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

A new study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex challenges the hypothesis that nerve cells in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders do not reliably and consistently respond...



Autism-linked protein crucial for feeling pain

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Well-known autism and pain proteins are likely co-conspirators.Sensory problems are common to autism spectrum disorders.



New form of autism found

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Autism spectrum disorders affect around one percent of the world's population and are characterized by a range of difficulties in social interaction and communication.



Maternal flu not linked to autism in offspring, study finds

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:00:00 PST

Some studies have indicated that influenza during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism in children, but a new study shows this may not be the case.



Water beads a serious risk to children

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Parents are being warned of the risks posed to children by water beads, which have been increasingly marketed as toys and learning aids for autistic children.



Vitamin D supplements may benefit children with autism spectrum disorder

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Vitamin D supplementation improved symptoms of autism in a recent trial.Studies have shown an association between the risk of autism spectrum disorder and vitamin D insufficiency.



Toddlers with autism don't avoid eye contact, but do miss its significance

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A new study conducted by researchers at Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University School of Medicine helps put to rest a longstanding controversy and question...



Shared epigenetic changes underlie different types of autism

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Individuals with both rare and common types of autism spectrum disorder share a similar set of epigenetic modifications in the brain, according to a study published in Cell.



Autism and human evolutionary success

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A subtle change occurred in our evolutionary history 100,000 years ago which allowed people who thought and behaved differently - such as individuals with autism - to be integrated into society...



Allergies during pregnancy linked with autism, ADHD

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Evidence of connections between neurodevelopmental disease and the immune system is steadily growing. Breaking research adds more flesh to the bone.



Scripps Florida scientists discover clues to altered brain wiring in autism

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Autism is an agonizing puzzle, a complex mixture of genetic and environmental factors.



Fun, comfort with exercise helps young people with conditions like autism and ADHD remain active

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

The best way to help young people with neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder get more exercise is to make it fun, according to a small international...



Autism gene mutation that slows brain activity uncovered

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 09:00:00 PST

Scientists find some individuals with autism possess mutations in the DIXDC1 gene that reduce the development of brain connections and slow brain activity.



Autism: Parents face challenges, too

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:00:00 PST

Life can be tough for children with autism, but it can be hard for their parents, too. We look at some strategies that can help when facing the challenges.



Rett Syndrome study finds mechanisms underlying its visual deficits

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

In research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory...



New study: Children with autism may be over-diagnosed with ADHD

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

CHOP autism and ADHD experts say current measuring tools for ADHD may not work for children with autism spectrum disorders.



New study links autism to mutations in mitochondrial DNA

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Children with autism spectrum disorder have a higher number of mutations in their mitochondrial DNA than their family members, according to new research.



Finding the clues for better autism treatments

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:00:00 PST

As a researcher at Harvard Medical School, Christopher W. Cowan, Ph.D., used to watch autistic kids come onto campus to attend a special school.



Early intervention for parents of children with autism reduces symptoms

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Kids with autism whose parents took part in an early intervention - focusing on how to communicate with the child - showed reduced symptoms 6 years later.



Folinic acid could help children with autism communicate better

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Preliminary study also identifies specific biomarkers that can predict treatment response in children with autism and verbal communication problems.