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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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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.



Autism: Which children respond to oxytocin treatment?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 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...