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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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Researchers explore why those with autism avoid eye contact

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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.



Exposure to heavy metals may increase risk of autism

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

New research finds higher concentrations of heavy metals in the baby teeth of children with autism spectrum disorder, compared with children without.



Old drug points to promising new direction for treatment of autism

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A trial of 10 boys with autism shows dramatic but transient results with one treatment of a century-old drug, and supports cell danger idea of the disease.



Oxytocin administered to the nose increases emotion perception in autism

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A recent study has demonstrated that intranasal oxytocin can influence how individuals with autism perceive emotion in others.



Metformin shows promise as a potential treatment for fragile X syndrome

Mon, 15 May 2017 08:00:00 PDT

New study shows that treatment with the common type 2 diabetes drug metformin improves social, behavioral, and neuron deficits in mouse model of fragile X.



If your grandmother smoked, you may be more likely to develop autism

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A mother who smokes during her pregnancy may increase the risk of autism in her grandchildren. Published today, the results will, no doubt, spark debate.



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...