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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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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.

Study finds differences in obesity rates between children/teens with and without autism

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Children and teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be more likely to be obese and stay obese during adolescence than their peers without ASD, according to a new epidemiological study led by...

Autism: Disruption of a uniquely human developmental program

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Every time a child or adult learns something new, new contacts form between neurons in the brain. This process (synaptogenesis) is especially active in children during the first 10 years of life.

'Teashirt' gene links autism and kidney problems, new study finds

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PST

A gene dubbed the 'Teashirt' by its discoverers has been identified as a link between children with kidney problems and autism, in a new study which has implications for how doctors working on both...

Link discovered between touch of individuals with autism and their social difficulties

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PST

The sense of touch may play a more crucial role in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than previously assumed.