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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 show a diminished brain response to hearing their own name
Previously, research has shown that children at risk of an autism diagnosis respond less to hearing their own name. Now, a new study shows for the first time that the brain response to hearing one's own name is also diminished in adults with an autism diagnosis.
January 26, 2018
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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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Altered voice processing in young children with autism and delayed language development
Three- to five-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and delayed language development appear to process voices differently than typically developing children, according to a new study.
January 10, 2018
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Amid dangerous vaccine-autism myth, kids with autism aren't getting their shots
There's no evidence of a link, yet it may be driving vaccine hesitance in parents.
March 26, 2018
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Amygdala neurons increase as children become adults -- except in autism
Researchers have found that typically-developing children gain more neurons in a region of the brain that governs social and emotional behavior, the amygdala, as they become adults.
March 20, 2018
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Anti-Vaccine Movement Affecting Kids With Autism
Vaccine skeptics appear to be swaying many parents of children with autism to forgo critical childhood vaccines, a new study suggests.
March 26, 2018
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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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Autism and the smell of fear
Odors that carry social cues seem to affect volunteers on the autism spectrum differently
November 27, 2017
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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 therapy: Social behavior restored via brain stimulation
Scientists are examining the feasibility of treating autistic children with neuromodulation after a new study showed social impairments can be corrected by brain stimulation.
December 13, 2017
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Autism-linked gene stunts developing dendrites
Genetic variation leads to excessive pruning of dendrites in rats cells and mouse model of autism
December 4, 2017
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Autism: Anti-cancer drug may improve social behavior
New research led by the State University of New York at Buffalo suggests that an anti-cancer drug may be able to reverse social impairments associated with autism.
March 13, 2018
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Autism: Brain circuit controls social behavior identified
A new study identifies specific brain circuit that may lead to social impairments in autism spectrum disorder
January 11, 2018
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Autism: Relational factors in music therapy
Relational factors in music therapy can contribute to a positive outcome of therapy for children with autism.
November 6, 2017
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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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Autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder share molecular traits, study finds
Most medical conditions are largely defined by their physical symptoms. Psychiatric illnesses, however, are largely defined by a person's behavior. A new study challenges that distinction, identifying many shared -- and distinct -- patterns of gene expression in the brains of people with autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The data hint at potential targets that may one day lead to new treatment approaches.
February 8, 2018
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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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Bacteria in the gut modulates response to immunotherapy in melanoma
Favorable microbiome improves response, slows progression
November 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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Being bilingual may help autistic children
Study suggests bilingualism may increase cognitive flexibility in kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
January 16, 2018
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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 activity and anxiety symptoms in youth with autism spectrum disorder
The error-related negativity (ERN) is a brain signal response to errors that is thought to reflect threat sensitivity and has been implicated in anxiety disorders in individuals without autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
December 6, 2017
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Brain activity is inherited, may inform treatment for ADHD, autism
A new study concludes that while individually unique, each connectotype demonstrates both familial and heritable relationships.
November 2, 2017
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Brains of those with psychiatric disorders show similarities at the molecular level
Schizophrenia and autism had the biggest link
February 8, 2018
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Brain response to hearing one's own name found to be diminished in adults with autism
Previously, research has shown that children at risk of an autism diagnosis respond less to hearing their own name. Now, a new study from the research group EXPLORA of Ghent University shows for the first time that the brain response to hearing one's own name is also diminished in adults with an autism diagnosis. The study was conducted by Dr. Annabel Nijhof as part of her PhD project, supervised by Prof. Dr. Roeljan Wiersema and Prof. Dr. Marcel Brass.
January 26, 2018
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Butterflies of the soul: Developmental origins of interneurons
A new study reveals how interneurons, dubbed 'the butterflies of the soul,' emerge and diversify in the brain. The findings may help inform the development of new classes of drugs for diseases such as autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's.
March 30, 2018
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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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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 may benefit from being bilingual
In the first study of its kind, scientists show that bilingual children with autism spectrum disorders can switch mental gears more easily than those who can only speak one language.
January 23, 2018
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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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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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Dysfunction of intricate astrocyte cells may underlie autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy
The unique architecture of star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes plays a key role in regulating the development and function of neural synapses in the brain, says new research. The findings indicate that astrocyte dysfunction may underlie neuronal problems observed in devastating diseases like autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy.
November 8, 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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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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Estimating the effect of genetic mutations on neurodevelopmental disorders more accurately
An international research team is developing a model that can estimate the impact of genetics mutations on IQ
March 29, 2018
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Experimental drugs rewire brain connections in autism
New research from the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas has identified two potential new treatments for autism spectrum disorder, targeting the impact of a faulty gene on neural communication.
November 2, 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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Findings provide better understanding of cognitive inflexibility in Fragile X Syndrome
Mice with the genetic defect that causes Fragile X syndrome (FXS) learn and remember normally, but show an inability to learn new information that contradicts what they initially learned, shows a new study by a team of neuroscientists. FXS is the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability and autism.
January 22, 2018
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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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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' social camouflage skills may delay or prevent autism diagnosis
Study adds evidence to growing belief that current clinical tools fail to capture unique autism presentations in females
January 4, 2018
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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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Helpful B cells lend a hand to developing neurons
Neuron myelination is critical to early mental development, and defects in myelination have been linked to neurodevelopmental disorders. Researchers found that B immune cells reside in the brains of developing mice, and play a key role in the myelination of neurons by oligodendrocytes.
March 13, 2018
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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 caries-causing bacteria can survive in dental plaque
Extracellular polysaccharides play a central role in the survival capabilities of caries-causing bacteria in dental plaque, researchers report.
November 2, 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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In autism, too many brain connections may be at root of condition
Learning, social issues may reflect neuronal miscommunication
November 2, 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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Individuals with Autism can bring untapped talent to every business
I believe that diversity enriches organizations, from the products you create to the culture of employees rooted in empathy, understanding and a thirst for knowledge.
April 02, 2018
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Induced pluripotent stem cells show astrocyte-neuron impact on brain pathology in autism
Study uses stem cells to explore the causes of autism
November 9, 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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Lab-grown cerebellar cells may help explain how ASD develops at molecular level
Increasing evidence has linked autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with dysfunction of the brain's cerebellum, but the details have been unclear. In a new study, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital used stem cell technology to create cerebellar cells known as Purkinje cells from patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a genetic syndrome that often includes ASD-like features.
February 19, 2018
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Lab-grown human cerebellar cells yield clues to autism
Purkinje cells derived from patients with tuberous sclerosis enable study of autism disorders
February 16, 2018
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Lending late neurons a helping hand
Researchers have discovered that delayed neuronal migration in the fetus causes behavioral disorders comparable to autism
November 7, 2017
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Low vitamin D levels at birth linked to higher autism risk
Low vitamin D levels at birth are associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) at the age of 3 years.
November 29, 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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Microsoft Autism Hiring Program aims to attract diverse talent
There are one billion people on the planet with disabilities. Beyond ensuring that its products have no inherent bias against people with disabilities, Microsoft is also on a mission to hire some of those people.
October 20, 2017
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MIND Institute researchers detect reversal of behavioral deficits in a rare genetic disorder
Studies in mice show promise for human treatment of 16p11.2 deletion syndrome
October 24, 2017
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Moderate facebook use linked to happiness among adults with ASD
Among adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a new study has shown that those who use Facebook, in moderation, are happier than those who do not. This finding could not be generalized to overall use of social media, however, because the same was not true of those who used Twitter, for example, as reported in an article published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers .
March 13, 2018
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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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Monkeys' brain synchrony influenced by proximity and social status, research suggests
Though their purpose and function are still largely unknown, mirror neurons in the brain are believed by some neuroscientists to be central to how humans relate to each other. Deficiencies in mirror neurons might also play a role in autism and other disorders affecting social skills.
March 30, 2018
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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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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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Nearly 50% of doctors in Sri Lanka unaware of autism symptoms, study finds
Autism is a neurological and developmental diagnosis seen from early childhood marked by difficulty in communicating, forming relationships and using languages. In Sri Lanka, one in 93 children have been found to have autism. Studies have shown that the condition of an autistic child can improve with early diagnosis. Early diagnosis and provision of further information to caregivers is largely linked to the level of physicians' knowledge of autism.
December 11, 2017
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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 blood test predicts autism with 92 percent accuracy
Researchers led by those from Warwick University in the United Kingdom have developed a diagnosis test for autism that may predict it with an unprecedented level of accuracy.
February 19, 2018
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New computational method helps narrow down genetic targets for autism diagnosis
Autism is a spectrum of closely related symptoms involving behavioral, social and cognitive deficits. Early detection of autism in children is key to producing the best outcomes; however, searching for the genetic causes of autism is complicated by various symptoms found within the spectrum.
February 20, 2018
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New oxytocin chemical sensor could be first step towards early diagnosis of autism
Is it going to be possible to detect features of autism at birth? At the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw a sensor has come into being that means this may become a reality. The main recognition component of the new device is a polymer layer with a carefully designed structure. It recognizes molecules of oxytocin, a compound considered to be one of the biomarkers of autism.
November 16, 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 discovers key brain circuit implicated in social behavior
A new study in Biological Psychiatry identifies specific brain circuit that may lead to social impairments in autism spectrum disorder
January 11, 2018
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New study identifies key role for particular gene in 16p11.2 deletion syndrome
In a new study of one of the most common genetic causes of autism, neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have identified a specific molecular mechanism that appears to undermine the ability of neurons in affected mice to properly incorporate changes driven by experience.
March 20, 2018
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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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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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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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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-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 who exhibit autistic traits have greater risk of attempting suicide, study suggests
People who show characteristics of autism are more at risk of attempting suicide, according to a Coventry University study whose results are being presented to a United States federal advisory committee tomorrow.
October 23, 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 new autism drug shows promise in mice
NitroSynapsin is intended to restore an electrical signaling imbalance in the brain found in virtually all forms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
November 14, 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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Praise may motivate young adults with autism to exercise more
Due to the special benefits of regular physical activity for people with autism, researchers explored how to increase their engagement in a regular exercise routine through positive reinforcement.
March 20, 2018
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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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Prenatal Vitamins Tied to Lower Autism Risk
Taking folic acid and multivitamins during pregnancy could reduce your child's risk of autism, a new study suggests.
January 3, 2018
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Real world native biocrusts: Microbial metabolism
Functionally linking microbial community structure with environmental chemistry
January 4, 2018
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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 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 pinpoint gene responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism
TAOK2 plays a direct role
March 5, 2018
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Role of specific gene in 16p11.2 deletion autism
MVP protein needed for homeostatic plasticity
March 20, 2018
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Scientists discover abnormal brain networks in children with autism
A new study has shown that pre-school children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have abnormal connections between certain brain networks that can be visualized using an MRI technique called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).
March 27, 2018
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Scientists link genes to brain anatomy in autism
A team of scientists has discovered that specific genes are linked to individual differences in brain anatomy in autistic children.
February 27, 2018
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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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Shifting bacterial communities in the stomach may influence cancer risk
Microbe changes linked with specific conditions could explain differences in risk and type of tumor
November 2, 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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'Social brain' networks are altered at a young age in autism
Scientists from UNIGE have unpicked early changes in the brain that govern how toddlers with autism respond to social cues, Their research may open the way to new therapeutic interventions at early stages, when neural plasticity is still possible
February 27, 2018
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Special issue addresses college experiences for students with ASD
Thirty years ago it was rare for a student with ASD to enter college. But over the past decades, there has been much improvement in the detection and awareness of ASD in children. Now, with the provision of effective treatments, those with average or above average intellectual abilities are enrolling at universities.
February 1, 2018
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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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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 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 suggests "social brain" development is hindered at young age in children with autism
Researchers have uncovered evidence that the reduced sensitivity towards social cues seen in infants with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) hinders the development of certain brain regions during the early stages of development.
February 27, 2018
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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 reveals the link between genetic variations and major psychiatric disorders
A new study has found that psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, autism, and bipolar disorder share common molecular characteristics, despite showing distinct variations in gene expression.
February 9, 2018
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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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Supplements during pregnancy may reduce autism risk
Whether certain supplements, taken before or during pregnancy, can reduce the risk of autism is a hotly debated question. A new large-scale study takes a fresh look.
January 5, 2018
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Survey finds stability in frequency of ASD among U.S. children in recent years
Bottom Line: The frequency of autism spectrum disorder among U.S. children and adolescents was stable from 2014-2016 based on data from a nationally representative annual survey.
January 3, 2018
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Symptoms in neurologic disease reversed in model
Study provides hope for Rett syndrome patients and others across autism spectrum
January 26, 2018
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The 10 best autism blogs
People with autism, as well as their families and caregivers, are impacted uniquely by the disorder. We have chosen the best autism blogs that help to support families affected by autism, educate and inspire their readers, and provide high-quality information about the condition.
October 19, 2017
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The growing acceptance of autism in the workplace
Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher Pauley thought he had it all figured out when it came to looking for a job.
February 13, 2018
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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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U.S. Autism Rates May Be Stabilizing
Autism rates are much higher than originally thought but may have stabilized in recent years, a new study suggests.
January 2, 2018
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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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UTSA professor leads new behavioral research on pediatric feeding disorders
Bryant Silbaugh, assistant professor of special education in The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, leads innovative behavioral research on pediatric feeding disorders in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
March 2, 2018
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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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'Virtual child' to help professionals learn key techniques to treat children with autism
Nearly one in 50 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, usually before age 3, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the number of people trained to help them isn't keeping pace with the demand.
December 12, 2017
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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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