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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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What are the early signs of ADHD?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder present in many different ways. However, there are also many traits shared by people with ADHD. These can include irritability, lack of concentration, and fidgeting. This article helps you spot the signs so that people can be directed to the appropriate treatment.



Autism: Anti-cancer drug may improve social behavior

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Romidepsin, a compound that is already approved for treating cancer, reversed social deficits in a mouse model of autism by restoring gene expression.



How much of our empathy is down to genes?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A new study investigates the genetic underpinnings of empathy and finds evidence that this emotional ability may, at least partly, be down to genes.



New blood test predicts autism with 92 percent accuracy

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Scientists have designed a test they believe is the first of its kind. Using blood and urine samples, the test correctly identified autism in children.



Children with autism may benefit from being bilingual

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:00:00 PDT

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers find that children with autism spectrum disorders who are bilingual have improved cognitive flexibility.



Supplements during pregnancy may reduce autism risk

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

The latest study to investigate the relationship between vitamin supplements during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders finds a significant link.



Experimental drugs rewire brain connections in autism

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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.



Why do I feel so flat, and what can I do about it?

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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