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1 in 3 Teens with Autism Licensed to Drive
Pediatricians suggest discussing adolescent's capabilities with doctor first
April 11, 2017
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A new Android app for teaching kids how to read
In this interview, learn about the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, the learning curve of Android development, and why user testing matters more than you think.
April 25, 2017
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Adults with autism overcome childhood language challenges
Their brains appear to compensate for word processing problems in new ways, small study shows
March 1, 2017
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AI could target Autism before it even emerges--but it's no cure-all
Artificial intelligence is ascendant in medicine--from AI eye doctors to chatbot therapists. As medical databases balloon in size and complexity, researchers are teaching computers to sift through and identify patterns, hinting at a future in which machine learning algorithms diagnose disease all on their own.
June 16, 2017
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Altered mitochondria associated with increased autism risk
Mitochondria, the tiny structures inside our cells that generate energy, may play a key role in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A provocative new study suggests that variations in mitochondrial DNA originating during ancient human migrations may play an important role in predisposition to ASD.
August 23, 2017
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Article examines studies on antidepressants, autism spectrum disorders
A new article reviews and analyzes a small collection of studies on fetal exposure to antidepressants and autism spectrum disorders.
April 17, 2017
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As children with autism age, services to help with transition needed
One in 45 children is diagnosed with autism. as these children age, experiences such as leaving school, finding jobs and living alone can be stressful for adolescents with autism as well as their caregivers. Researchers have conducted the first study analyzing the perspectives of adolescents with autism to identify challenges as they "age out" of services.
December 20, 2016
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Autism breakthrough: One protein's sweeping influence on development of autism revealed
A drop in one protein is enough to cause autism, according to the results of a new study. Scientists were able to trigger autistic-like behavior in mice that were engineered to have lower levels of the nSR100 protein, which had previously been found to be reduced in the brains of patients with ASD.
December 14, 2016
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Autism genes identified using new approach
Researchers have developed a machine-learning approach that for the first time analyzes the entire human genome to predict which genes may cause autism spectrum disorder, raising the number of genes that could be linked to the disorder from 65 to 2,500.
August 1, 2016
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Autism may begin early in brain development
Brains of mice with autism-like symptoms develop neural defects when first circuits take shape
January 31, 2017
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Autism may reflect excitation-inhibition imbalance in brain, study finds
Key features of autism reflect an imbalance in signaling from excitatory and inhibitory neurons in a portion of the forebrain, and that reversing the imbalance could alleviate some of its hallmark symptoms, explain researchers in a new article.
August 2, 2017
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Autism risk linked to herpes infection during pregnancy
Women with signs of active genital herpes had twice the odds of giving birth to offspring with autism spectrum disorder
February 22, 2017
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Autism Speaks
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Autism spectrum disorders: new genetic cause of identified
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. In a new study, a research team has identified a new genetic cause of ASD.
December 1, 2016
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Autism: Which children respond to oxytocin treatment?
Oxytocin treatment has been proven efficient in improving the social behavior of some children with autism, studies have found. A new clinical trial investigates which children will respond best to this treatment and why.
July 12, 2017
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Autism, ADHD risk not linked to prenatal exposure to antidepressants
Two new large studies may provide reassurance to pregnant women with depression
April 18, 2017
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Baby teeth link autism and heavy metals, NIH study suggests
Baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese, compared to teeth from children without autism, according to an innovative study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health.
June 1, 2017
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Baby Teeth Study Links Autism to Lead Levels
Lead exposure raised risk, while too little zinc, manganese did the same
June 2, 2017
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Bacteriophages, natural drugs to combat superbugs
Viruses that specifically kill bacteria, called bacteriophages, might one day help solve the growing problem of bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotic treatment.
April 18, 2017
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Better genetic decoding of neurodevelopmental disorders
New research into improving the genetic decoding of neurodevelopmental disorders promises to help future diagnosis of children with such conditions, including intellectual disability, autism or schizophrenia.
October 5, 2017
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Brain scans during the first year can predict autism in high-risk babies
Study needs repeating and only applies to some, but it hints at early detection.
February 16, 2017
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Brain stem volume linked to aggression in autism
New research from autism experts is providing clues into the link between aggression and autism -- clues the team hopes will eventually lead to more effective intervention.
February 9, 2017
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Brains of people with autism share similar pattern of abnormal gene activity, UCLA study shows
Autism spectrum disorder is caused by a variety of factors, both genetic and environmental. But a new study led by UCLA scientists provides further evidence that the brains of people with the disorder tend to have the same "signature" of abnormalities at the molecular level.
December 5, 2016
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BYU study reveals inverse link between aggression and brain stem volume in children with autism
New research from BYU's autism experts is providing clues into the link between aggression and autism -- clues the team hopes will eventually lead to more effective intervention.
February 9, 2017
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Can a Spritz of 'Love Hormone' Help Kids With Autism?
Researchers seek to boost social abilities in small study
July 10, 2017
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Cannabidiol benefits and mechanisms shown in mouse study of Dravet syndrome
Cannabidiol treatment reduces seizures and autism-like behaviors in mice with this genetic condition
October 10, 2017
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Century-old drug as potential new approach to autism
In a small, randomized Phase I/II clinical trial (SAT1), researchers say a 100-year-old drug called suramin, originally developed to treat African sleeping sickness, was safely administered to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who subsequently displayed measurable, but transient, improvement in core symptoms of autism.
May 26, 2017
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Cerebrospinal fluid: Potential biomarker for autism found
Research published this week in Biological Psychiatry examines levels of cerebrospinal fluid in children and its potential link to autism. If confirmed by further studies, it would become the first biomarker for the condition.
March 7, 2017
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Children exposed to complications at birth at risk of autism, study finds
Children who were exposed to complications shortly before or during birth, including birth asphyxia and preeclampsia, were more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder, according to a study.
January 31, 2017
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Children exposed to complications before or during birth more likely to develop ASD, study finds
Children who were exposed to complications shortly before or during birth, including birth asphyxia and preeclampsia, were more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the American Journal of Perinatology.
January 31, 2017
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Children Who Survive Heart Disease Face Challenges
Many of these children can also suffer from illnesses such as autism and respiratory conditions, study says
October 9, 2017
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Children with autism should be checked for DCD, study recommends
Autism, DCD share similarities but lots of differences
June 29, 2017
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Children's visual engagement is heritable and altered in autism
Attention to mouth and eyes is influenced by genetic factors, suggests NIH-funded study
July 12, 2017
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Clear communication can make doctor visits successful for children with autism
Doctor visits can be a challenge for patients with autism, their families and health care providers. a new report offers several steps providers and families can take to make medical visits more successful. She says that all of them require good communication between the provider and parent before, during and after medical visits.
February 3, 2017
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Could multivitamin use in pregnancy protect children from autism?
The risk of autism may be reduced for children whose mothers use multivitamins during pregnancy.
October 5, 2017
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Cloud, Mobile and Analytics Help Retain Employees
Concerns about retaining the staff prompted the Anderson Center for Autism to seek a tech solution that was compatible with the center's people-first philosophy.
April 11, 2017
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Common medication restores social deficits in autism mouse model
Reducing the function of the autism-associated gene Pcdh10 leads to impairments in social behavior, according to a study. Reducing Pcdh10 function also disrupted the structure and function of circuitry in the amygdala, a brain region implicated in the behavior symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
January 26, 2017
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Computers can now spot autism in people using facial cues
A newly-developed computer algorithm that analyzes facial expressions as well as head movements has recently been developed, which could possibly aid doctors with diagnosing conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism.
January 5, 2017
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Conquer Autism: Effective Autism Treatments
Conquer Autism is a comprehensive guide to autism treatments
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Could a Century-Old Drug Ease Autism Symptoms?
Small study produced positive results with the sleeping sickness medication suramin, but more research needed
May 26, 2017
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Could flu during pregnancy raise risk for autism?
Researchers find mixed evidence
June 21, 2017
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Diabetes drug may help symptoms of autism-associated condition
Metformin shows promise to treat Fragile X syndrome, an inherited form of intellectual disability
May 15, 2017
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Differences in uptake of toxins, nutritional elements during late pregnancy and early life linked to ASD risk
Using evidence found in baby teeth, researchers from The Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory and The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai found that differences in the uptake of multiple toxic and essential elements over the second and third trimesters and early postnatal periods are associated with the risk of developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a study published June 1 in the journal Nature Communications.
June 1, 2017
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An imaginative new concept of personal care and rehabilitation housing for people with severe physical disabilities, brain injury and autism.
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Does Autism Risk Reside in Cells' Energy Engines?
Study suggests genetic variations in the DNA of mitochondria may up risk for developmental disorder
August 23, 2017
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Early Start Denver Model for young children with autism results in cost savings
One in every 68 children in the United States has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a neuro-developmental disorder that results in difficulty socializing and communicating needs and desires, and often is accompanied by restricted interests or activities. Research has shown that early intervention leads to better outcomes for children on the spectrum. But the cost of early intervention is high--ranging from $40,000 to $80,000 per year for intensive early intervention--and health care insurers, state and local early intervention programs often are reluctant to pay for it, thereby making it difficult for families of children with ASD to obtain these expensive services.
August 8, 2017
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Ease Holiday Stress for Children with Autism
The holiday season is supposed to be the most magical time of year, but for parents of children with autism, it can present certain challenges. Amid the large crowds, noisy atmospheres, and bright lights, "people with autism of all ages may have sensory sensitivities or become overwhelmed," explains Lindsay Naeder, Autism Speaks' director of the Autism Response Team, which provides information and resources to families with children with autism.
December 14, 2016
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Effects of cognitive behavior therapy on parents of children with autism
Study shows when parents are partners in therapy with children, they experience improvements in their own depression, emotion regulation
August 1, 2017
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Experimental Test can Spot Autism in Infancy
Researchers report brain scans plus computer algorithm show which high-risk babies might develop the disorder
February 15, 2017
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Experiments in big animals show efficacy of new non-toxic MRI contrast agent
The top causes of death worldwide, ischemic heart diseases and stroke, together with another major source of illness, that is cancer, require proper imaging of blood vessels. A team formed by the Center for Nanoparticle Research, within the Institute for Basic Science, in collaboration with scientists at Anhui Provincial Hospital and Seoul National University Hospital, have tested a new non-toxic contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) that could be superior to the current mainstream dye, gadolinium. Published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, this highly promising contrast agent was successful on dogs, rabbits, and monkeys.
July 31, 2017
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Exposure to heavy metals may increase risk of autism
While it is not yet known what causes autism, researchers believe that a complex interaction between environmental factors and genetics is responsible for the condition. Separating these factors, however, can be a challenge. But a new study may have found a way to isolate genetics from environmental contributors to the disease, allowing researchers to focus on the link between heavy metal levels and autism risk.
June 2, 2017
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Exposure to specific toxins and nutrients during late pregnancy and early life correlate with autism risk
A new study uses a unique source -- baby teeth -- to reveal that both the timing and amount of exposure can affect diagnosis.
June 1, 2017
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Fever During Pregnancy Tied to Autism in Study
But absolute risk is low, researcher says
June 14, 2017
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Fever in pregnancy tied to higher risk of autism
A study of a large group of children found a link between raised risk of autism spectrum disorder and their mothers reporting fever during pregnancy. The link was strongest with fevers reported during the second trimester.
June 13, 2017
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Finding the clues for better autism treatments
Key underpinnings of autism, schizophrenia characterized
October 26, 2016
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Folinic acid treatment could help improve language and communication skills of children with ASD
Prescription doses of folinic acid, which is a reduced form of a B vitamin known as folate, could help improve the language and communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder.
October 18, 2016
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Genes, ozone, and autism
Increased risk for autism when genetic variation and air pollution meet
June 23, 2017
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Genetic cause identified for previously unrecognized developmental disorder
An international team of scientists has identified variants of the gene EBF3 causing a developmental disorder with features in common with autism. Identification of these gene variants leads to a better understanding of these complex conditions and opens the possibility of diagnosing other previously undiagnosed patients with similar clinical disorders
December 23, 2016
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Genetics a Cause of Autism in Most Cases: Study
Re-analysis of stats from earlier study shows new estimate of DNA impact
September 26, 2017
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Genomic copy number variants contribute to cognitive impairment in the UK
Genetic alterations of rare deletions or duplications of small DNA segments, called copy number variants (CNVs), have been known to increase risk of neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, and intellectual disability. Now, a new study reports that even in the absence of a disorder, people carrying a CNV associated with these disorders may have impaired cognition.
June 28, 2017
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Girls are better at masking autism than boys
Girls with autism have relatively good social skills, which means that their autism is often not recognized. and autism manifests itself in girls differently from in boys, suggests a new report.
April 3, 2017
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Girls with autism have relatively good social skills than boys
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. Psychologist Carolien Rieffe and colleagues from the Autism Centre and INTER-PSY (Groningen) report their findings in scientific journal Autism.
April 3, 2017
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'Goldilocks' genes that tell the tale of human evolution hold clues to variety of diseases
A relatively short list of genes are candidates for a suite of diseases including autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and epilepsy.
February 8, 2017
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Gut microbes may talk to the brain through cortisol
Gut microbes have been in the news lately. Recent studies show they can influence human health, behavior, and certain neurological disorders, such as autism. But just how do they communicate with the brain? Results from a new study suggest a pathway of communication between certain gut bacteria and brain metabolites, by way of a compound in the blood known as cortisol. And unexpectedly, the finding provides a potential mechanism to explain the characteristics of autism.
August 21, 2017
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Head injuries can alter hundreds of genes and lead to serious brain diseases
Head injuries can adversely affect hundreds of genes in the brain that put people at high risk for diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, post-traumatic stress disorder, stroke, ADHD, autism, depression and schizophrenia, life scientists report. the researchers have identified for the first time potential master genes which they believe control hundreds of other genes that are linked to many neurological and psychiatric disorders.
March 6, 2017
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High quality early intervention for children with autism quickly results in costs savings
The costs associated with the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), one evidence-based treatment for young children with autism, were fully offset after only two years following intervention due to reductions in children's use of other services, new research shows.
August 8, 2017
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How an autism gene mutation alters brain development
By analyzing the brains of mice, researchers have discovered how mutations in a gene called CHD8 may alter brain development and cognitive functioning to cause autism.
June 30, 2017
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How brain develops before birth is tightly controlled by RNA modification
Relating mistakes in this process to genes prevalent in psychiatric disorders may shed light on autism, schizophrenia
September 28, 2017
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How Businesses Are Welcoming Children with Autism
For the 1 in 68 children who will be diagnosed with autism, a simple family outing can be filled with anxiety. Symptoms of autism vary from person to person, but they may include trouble socializing, disruptive and repetitive behavior, and difficulty communicating.
March 29, 2017
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Human forebrain circuits under construction -- in a dish
Autism-related errant migration of neurons corrected in patient-derived 3D "spheroids'
April 26, 2017
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If your grandmother smoked, you may be more likely to develop autism
A recent study, published in Scientific Reports, concludes that if a girl's maternal grandmother smoked tobacco during her pregnancy, she is significantly more likely to develop autistic traits.
April 27, 2017
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Imbalances in neural pathways may contribute to repetitive behaviors in autism
Researchers have hypothesized that a mutation in the autism risk gene SHANK3 differentially affects synaptic development in two neural pathways that contribute to motor control. Their work suggests that repetitive behaviors in SHANK3-deficient mice are driven by imbalances between the pathways, revealing a potential mechanism and possible targets to treat some behavioral aspects of autism spectrum disorder.
April 17, 2017
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Increased reaction to stress linked to gastrointestinal issues in children with autism
Increased stress hormone responses, gastrointestinal symptoms
January 4, 2017
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Infections during pregnancy may interfere with genes linked to prenatal brain development
If a mother picks up an infection during pregnancy, her immune system will kick into action to clear the infection -- but this self-defense mechanism may also have a small influence how her child's brain develops in the womb, in ways that are similar to how the brain develops in autism spectrum disorders. Now, an international team of researchers has shown why this may be the case.
March 21, 2017
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Infant MRIs show autism linked to increased cerebrospinal fluid
MRIs show a brain anomaly in nearly 70 percent of babies at high risk of developing the condition who go on to be diagnosed, laying the groundwork for a predictive aid for pediatricians and the search for a potential treatment
March 6, 2017
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Insight into day-to-day lives of parents raising children with autism
A new study looks at the daily experiences of the parents of children with autism spectrum disorder to provide a more detailed picture of the strengths and vulnerabilities of couples raising a child with ASD.
March 21, 2017
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Interactive Autism Network
IAN, the Interactive Autism Network, is an innovative online project designed to accelerate the pace of autism research by linking researchers and families. Anyone impacted by an Autism Spectrum Disorder can become part of IAN's online community to stay informed about autism research, provide feedback, and make their voices heard.
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Lasting autistic traits in women with anorexia
Women with anorexia display clear autistic traits, even once the eating disorder is under control and they have achieved a normal weight, according to research. the similarities between anorexia and autism in women are also seen in a part of the brain which process social skills.
February 2, 2017
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Link between Vitamin D treatment and autism prevention
Giving vitamin D supplements to mice during pregnancy prevents autism traits in their offspring, researchers have discovered. the discovery provides further evidence of the crucial role vitamin D plays in brain development.
March 17, 2017
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Mechanism that regulates acoustic habituation identified
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. this ability is called acoustic habituation, and new research has identified the underlying molecular mechanism that controls this capability.
April 11, 2017
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Metformin shows promise as a potential treatment for fragile X syndrome
An inherited form of intellectual disability called fragile X may be treatable with metformin, the most widely used type 2 Diabetes drug. this was the conclusion that researchers came to after studying the social, behavioral, and biological effects of metformin in a mouse model of fragile X.
May 15, 2017
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Mice provide insight into genetics of autism spectrum disorders
The CHD8 gene is associated with some cases of human autism. A new study shows that mice with mutated CHD8 show defects in brain development and behavioral changes, and may give insight into genetic causes of autism spectrum disorders.
June 27, 2017
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Mice with a mutation linked to autism affect their littermates' behavior
Experiments show importance of social environment, not just genes
July 31, 2017
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Mom's immune response could trigger social deficits for kids with autism
Children with autism are more likely to show severe social symptoms if their mother had chronic asthma or allergies while pregnant, a new study reveals.
October 10, 2017
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MRI reveals striking brain differences in people with genetic autism
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 study, the first major study of its kind.
August 8, 2017
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MRIs predict which high-risk babies will develop autism as toddlers
This first-of-its-kind study used MRIs to image the brains of infants, and then researchers used brain measurements and a computer algorithm to accurately predict autism before symptoms set in
February 15, 2017
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Multivitamin use during pregnancy could protect children from autism with intellectual disabilities
Children whose mothers took multivitamins during pregnancy are roughly 30 percent less likely to develop autism with a co-occurring intellectual disability, according to a new Drexel University-led study.
October 5, 2017
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Music therapy does not improve autism symptoms in children, say researchers
Music therapy may not be of any significant benefit to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published in JAMA.
August 9, 2017
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Mutations arising after conception may play vital role in autism
A study of nearly 6,000 families, combining three genetic sequencing technologies, finds that mutations that occur after conception play an important role in autism.
July 17, 2017
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Mutations in life's 'essential genes' tied to autism
Genes known to be essential to life–the ones humans need to survive and thrive in the womb–also play a critical role in the development of autism spectrum disorder, suggests a new study
December 13, 2016
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Neuroimaging technique may help predict autism among high-risk infants
Brain patterns precede behavioral symptoms of autism, NIH-funded study suggest.
June 7, 2017
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New analysis method of metabolites accurately predicts whether a child has autism
Products of metabolic processes altered in children with autism could enable earlier diagnosis
March 16, 2017
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New Baylor study aims to investigate antibiotic effect in children with ASD
Over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2012, John Rodakis, a father of a child with autism, observed his son's condition dramatically improve while taking a common antibiotic.
December 1, 2016
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New biochemical method accurately diagnoses autism in children
Autism spectrum disorder affects a huge number of children both globally and in the United States. Experts have long acknowledged the importance of detecting autism early, but current diagnosis tools are purely behavioral and not entirely accurate. new research, however, proposes a biological method for accurately predicting whether a child will go on to develop autism.
March 17, 2017
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New Clues on Why Autism is More Common in Males
Women with the disorder appear more likely to have brain anatomy that's typically seen in men, study says
February 8, 2017
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New statistical method finds shared ancestral gene variants involved in autism's cause
Researchers believe that theirs is the first rigorous statistical evidence that ancient variations in the human genome contribute to autism -- each, most likely, having a very small effect. The method investigatorss used in the new study was family-based and compared 'discordant sibilings,' one with and one without autism to a separate collection of affected individuals. The sample included over 16,000 people from nearly 4000 families.
June 21, 2017
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New study pinpoints origin of abnormalities in autism spectrum disorder
The origins of autism remain mysterious. What areas of the brain are involved, and when do the first signs appear? New findings published in Biological Psychiatry brings us closer to understanding the pathology of autism, and the point at which it begins to take shape in the human brain. Such knowledge will allow earlier interventions in the future and better outcomes for autistic children.
August 29, 2017
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New study unravels why children with autism look less at other people's eyes
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 about children with autism spectrum disorder.
November 18, 2016
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Newly revealed autism-related genes include genes involved in cancer
Using a computational technique that accounts for how genes interact, scientists revealed genes that may be related to autism spectrum disorder
September 25, 2017
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NHS offers new immersive reality treatment to help children with autism overcome phobias
Following research showing that a unique immersive virtual reality can help children with autism spectrum disorder overcome their fears and phobias, the service known as the Newcastle Blue Room is now being offered on the NHS.
February 10, 2017
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NIH awards nearly $100 million for Autism Centers of Excellence program
The National Institutes of Health has awarded nine research grants totaling nearly $100 million over the next five years for the Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE), a program that supports large research projects aimed at understanding and developing interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The ACE program was created in 2007 from the consolidation of previous programs. Grants have been awarded every five years, and 2017 marks the third cycle of ACE grants.
September 12, 2017
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Old drug points to promising new direction for treatment of autism
A small trial involving 10 boys with autism spectrum disorder showed promising results from treatment with a drug called suramin, which was originally developed 100 years ago to treat African sleeping sickness, a parasitic disease. Boys who received a single dose of the drug showed measurable, though not permanent, improvements in autism spectrum disorder symptoms.
May 26, 2017
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One in three teens with autism spectrum disorder receives driver's license
First large-scale study on driving outcomes among adolescents with ASD suggests families' decision to drive occurs before learner's permit
April 11, 2017
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Origins of autism: Abnormalities in sensory processing at six months
The origins of autism remain mysterious. What areas of the brain are involved, and when do the first signs appear? New findings brings us closer to understanding the pathology of autism, and the point at which it begins to take shape in the human brain. Such knowledge will allow earlier interventions in the future and better outcomes for autistic children.
August 29, 2017
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Outdoor adventure program may be effective in reducing severity of ASD symptoms, study finds
A new Tel Aviv University study finds outdoor challenge-based interventions may be effective in reducing the overall severity of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms. the research found significant improvements in the social cognition, social motivation, and autistic mannerisms of the young subjects after outdoor adventure activities and describes a new path for enhancing the social and communication skills of children with ASD.
February 15, 2017
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Oxytocin administered to the nose increases emotion perception in autism
Intranasal oxytocin can influence how individuals with autism perceive emotion in others, a recent study has demonstrated. This is an important first step for a potential pharmacological treatment of autism.
May 24, 2017
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Parent-Led Autism Therapy Shows Lasting Benefits
Early intervention reduced symptom severity years later, study finds
October 26, 2016
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Parent-mediated therapy may help babies at risk of developing autism
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 autism.
April 11, 2017
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Parents of children with autism experience greater impact from cognitive behavior therapy for kids
Jonathan Weiss, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health and CIHR Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Treatment and Care Research, discovered that parents who participate in cognitive therapy with their children with autism also experience a real benefit that improves the family experience.
August 1, 2017
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People with autism may be more rational in their economic choices
New research examines the decision-making abilities of adults with autism spectrum disorder, suggesting that they may be better at making rational decisions than adults without the condition.
June 29, 2017
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People with autism spectrum disorder show neural responses of anxiety on seeing social touch
People with strong signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show neural signs of anxiety when they see social touch and report unpleasant feelings about social touch by comparison to people with weak signs of ASD.
August 22, 2017
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Potential rare gene mutation could act as predictor for schizophrenia and autism
Huntington's disease, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy are all diseases that can be traced to a single mutation. Diagnosis in asymptomatic patient for these diseases is relatively easy - You have the mutation? Then you are at risk. Complex diseases, on the other hand, do not have a clear mutational footprint. A new multi-institutional study by Japanese researchers shows a potential rare gene mutation that could act as a predictor for two neurodevelopmental disorders, schizophrenia and autism.
August 30, 2017
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Predicting atypical development in infants at high risk for autism?
New research identifies a potential biomarker that predicts atypical development in 1- to 2-month-old infants at high versus low familial risk for developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
September 12, 2017
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Prenatal Multivitamins Linked to Lower Autism Risk
But researchers can't prove a cause-and-effect connection
October 5, 2017
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Promising lead reduces autism symptoms and more
Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of autism. a team of researchers, however, has provided a promising lead in battling this disease. the scientists identified a single protein that appears to be the culprit in causing many behavioral symptoms as well as molecular and cellular abnormalities related to Fragile X.
March 8, 2017
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Research findings could pave way to new therapies for treating seizures and autism
Recent research discoveries in the development of brain disorders could pave the way to new therapies for treating seizures, and even some children with autism, says a leading oncologist and researcher at the University of Alberta.
October 12, 2017
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Research highlights importance of financial literacy to increase autonomy for young adults with autism
More than 3 million people in the United States are estimated to have an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and annual diagnosis rates continue to rise. Researchers from the University of Missouri have found when teenagers and young adults with autism enter adulthood and age out of many of the services designed to help them, they often are anxious about how to handle new adult responsibilities such as paying bills and filing taxes.
April 18, 2017
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Research reveals curious pattern of autism recurrence based on gender
Having one child with autism is a well-known risk factor for having another one with the same disorder, but whether and how a sibling's gender influences this risk has remained largely unknown.
September 26, 2017
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Researchers closer to cracking neural code of love
Neuroscientists have discovered a key connection between areas of the adult female prairie vole's brain reward system that promotes the emergence of pair bonds. Results from this study could help efforts to improve social abilities in human disorders with impaired social function, such as autism.
May 31, 2017
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Researchers discover unexpected link between brain development and tumor invasion
Researchers from Turku Centre for Biotechnology have observed that a protein called SHANK prevents the spread of breast cancer cells to the surrounding tissue. the SHANK protein has been previously studied only in the central nervous system, and it is known that its absence or gene mutations are related to autism.
March 9, 2017
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Researchers Find Gender Has Role in Autism Risk
When oldest female child has the disorder, risk is raised for younger siblings, especially boys: study
September 29, 2017
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Researchers improve genetic decoding of neurodevelopmental disorders
A result that will help in the future diagnosis of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as intellectual disability, autism or schizophrenia. A video illustrates this scientific analysis with medical applications.
October 5, 2017
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Researchers outline new policies for earlier detection of autism in children
The earlier that autism is diagnosed and treated in children, the better outcomes they will experience for future relationships and careers. However, most children aren't detected and diagnosed with ASD until around age four, with children from economically disadvantaged or minority backgrounds detected and diagnosed up to two years later, on average.
February 2, 2017
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Scientists pinpoint sensory links between autism and synesthesia
Concrete links between the symptoms of autism and synesthesia have been discovered and clarified for the first time, according to new research. the new research finds similarities between the two conditions and suggests how they might be much more closely associated than previously thought.
March 7, 2017
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Scientists seek early signs of autism
Biomarkers could aid diagnosis and lead to strategies for treatment
April 10, 2017
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Scientists Uncover Possible Therapeutic Targets for Rare Autism Spectrum Disorder
Researchers have uncovered 30 genes that could, one day, serve as therapeutic targets to reverse Rett syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that affects only girls and is a severe form of an autism spectrum disorder.
January 31, 2017
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Serotonin improves sociability in mouse model of autism
Scientists have linked early serotonin deficiency to several symptoms that occur in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study examined serotonin levels, brain circuitry, and behavior in a mouse model of ASD. Experiments showed that increasing serotonergic activity in the brain during early development led to more balanced brain activity and improved the abnormal sociability of these mice.
June 21, 2017
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'Sesame Street' debuts Julia, a new Muppet with autism
The character will join the legendary children's program in April, National Autism Awareness Month.
March 19, 2017
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Social biases contribute to challenges for those with autism
Negative first impressions formed by potential social partners may reduce the quality of social experiences for people with autism, new research concludes. In the study, non-autistic participants reported their first impressions of individuals with autism from videos of them during social interaction.
February 1, 2017
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Speech and language deficits in children with autism may not cause tantrums
Speech or language impairments may not be the cause of more frequent tantrums in children with autism, according to researchers. the findings could help parents of children with autism seek out the best treatment for behavior problems.
May 3, 2017
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Stem Cell Therapy for Autism Shows Promise
A stem cell treatment for autism shows promise, according to a new study, but the investigators and other experts emphasize that the therapy is still in the early stages and much more research is needed.
April 6, 2017
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Study claims vaccines-autism link; scientists find fake data, have rage stroke
It's the second retraction for authors, who accuse critics of being trolls, pharma shills.
October 11, 2017
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Study highlights need to assist children with autism during transition to adulthood
According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 45 children is diagnosed with autism. as these children age, experiences such as leaving school, finding jobs and living alone can be stressful for adolescents with autism as well as their caregivers. Researchers from the University of Missouri have conducted the first study analyzing the perspectives of adolescents with autism to identify challenges as they "age out" of services.
December 20, 2016
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Study provides insights into how social touch affects people with ASD
People with strong signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show neural signs of anxiety when they see social touch and report unpleasant feelings about social touch by comparison to people with weak signs of ASD. This finding has emerged from a new study undertaken at the University of Haifa. "Until now, it was clear that many people with ASD dislike touch.
August 22, 2017
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Study reveals driver licensing rates and patterns among adolescents with ASD
A new study from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) finds one in three adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) acquires an intermediate driver's license, and the majority does so in their 17th year. the vast majority of teens with ASD who receive a learner's permit goes on to receive their license within two years after becoming eligible, suggesting that families are making the decision of whether their children with ASD will learn to drive and pursue a license before their teens ever get behind the wheel.
April 12, 2017
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Study tests the 'three-hit' theory of autism
Could a genetic predisposition to autism together with early stress have a more detrimental effect on boys than on girls? In experiments with mice, researchers found evidence that three factors -- genes, environment, and sex -- work together to produce problems with social interaction, a hallmark of autism.
March 7, 2017
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Study: No Link Between Antidepressants, Autism
After accounting for other factors that raise chances of the disorder, the increased risk disappeared
April 18, 2017
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Swimming lessons may be life-saver for children with autism
A recent study investigating injury mortality in people with autism spectrum disorders delivers some surprising and disturbing results. According to the authors, swimming lessons for children with an autism diagnosis should be a priority.
March 22, 2017
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Target Store will Offer Quiet Shopping Hours for Autistic Customers
What makes a good shopping experience for some folks is not always ideal for others. That's why a Pennsylvania Target store is setting aside certain hours on Saturday so autistic customers can shop in peace and quiet.
December 9, 2016
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The genes, neural circuits behind autism's impaired sociability
Genetic 'toggle switch' reveals regulation of sociability in autism mouse model
March 15, 2017
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Tips and guidance for families to cope with child's diagnosis of autism
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Catherine Lord, director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center in collaboration with New York Collaborates for Autism, a professor of psychology in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and a national authority on autism spectrum disorders (ASD), offers families guidance and tips for coping with a child's diagnosis.
April 4, 2017
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Toddlers with autism don't avoid eye contact, but do miss its significance
Study helps resolve question: Aversion versus lack of social cues?
November 18, 2016
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Training for parents may lessen some autism symptoms in kids
Communication skills show small but long-lasting improvements, study finds
October 25, 2016
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Treating autism by targeting the gut
Therapies to change the bacteria in the gut, through diet, pro-and prebiotic supplements, fecal matter transplants or antibiotics, could treat autism. A review of six decades of research linking the gut to brain development could pave the way for cheap and effective treatment.
June 19, 2017
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Treatments for anxiety disorders likely to prove efficacious in ASD
A new study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging reports that anxiety occurring in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) shares similar brain mechanisms as anxiety alone. Led by Drs. John Herrington and Robert Schultz of the Center for Autism Research, a joint research center of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania, the study could be good news for treating anxiety symptoms in ASD. The findings suggest that treatments that work for anxiety disorders may also help people with anxiety and ASD.
August 30, 2017
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Two new tools to enhance effectiveness of behavioral therapy in children with autism
Two approaches have been revealed by researchers that have the potential to help a large number of children with autism spectrum disorder through behavioral therapy.
November 15, 2016
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Unexpected link between cancer and autism
Researchers have observed that a protein called SHANK prevents the spread of breast cancer cells to the surrounding tissue. the SHANK protein has been previously studied only in the central nervous system, and it is known that its absence or gene mutations are related to autism.
March 9, 2017
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Using DNA to predict schizophrenia, autism
A single amino acid substitution in the protein CX3CR1 may act as predictor for schizophrenia and autism, a multi-institute collaboration demonstrates.
August 31, 2017
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UWM researchers receive $2.3 million grant to explore link between autism and air pollution
Could air pollution from traffic play a role in whether a child develops autism or ADHD?
April 10, 2017
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'Video Feedback' Might Help Treat Autism in Babies
Therapists help parents learn and better react to their infants' communication style
April 11, 2017
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Video therapy for parents may help children at risk of developing autism
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 autism.
April 11, 2017
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Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy prevents autism traits in offspring
Giving vitamin D supplements to mice during pregnancy prevents autism traits in their offspring, University of Queensland researchers have discovered.
March 17, 2017
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Vitamin D supplements may benefit children with autism spectrum disorder
Vitamin D supplementation improved symptoms of autism in a recent trial, report researchers.
November 21, 2016
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Western-led research uncovers underlying molecular mechanism that controls acoustic habituation
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. this ability is called acoustic habituation, and new Western-led research has identified the underlying molecular mechanism that controls this capability.
April 11, 2017
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Whole genome sequencing identifies new genetic signature for autism
An analysis of the complete genomes of 2,064 people reveals that multiple genetic variations could contribute to autism. The work suggests that scanning whole genomes may one day be useful for clinical diagnostics.
October 12, 2017
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Young people with autism face difficulty in recognising emotion from facial expressions, study finds
Young people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) have difficulties recognising and distinguishing between different facial expressions, according to research from one of the largest studies to look at emotion recognition in children and adolescents with ASC. the University of Bristol findings are published today [31 Mar 2017] in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
March 31, 2017
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