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

19 September 2016 | 7:00 am

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

Study finds that belief that Tourette's patients are aggressive to be a myth

19 September 2016 | 7:00 am

It is commonly believed that people with Tourette's syndrome tend to be aggressive.

New iPad game could help diagnose autism in children

30 August 2016 | 3:00 pm

Autism could be diagnosed by allowing children to play games on smart phones and tablets, a study involving the University of Strathclyde has found.

Metformin associated with decreasing weight gain in kids with autism

25 August 2016 | 2:00 pm

The diabetes medication metformin hydrochloride was associated with decreased weight gain in a small clinical trial of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder who were taking...

Chemicals banned decades ago linked to increased autism risk today

25 August 2016 | 7:00 am

Chemicals used in certain pesticides and as insulating material banned in the 1970s may still be haunting us, according to new research that suggests links between higher levels of exposure during...

Autism risk increased with prenatal exposure to banned chemicals

23 August 2016 | 4:00 pm

Exposure to organochlorines - chemicals banned in the U.S. in the 1970s - in pregnancy may increase offspring's autism risk by 80 percent, study finds.

Simple, sensitive, and cost-effective assays for analyzing fragile X

12 August 2016 | 2:00 pm

Tests useful for preclinical and clinical research on a genetic mutation related to autism and intellectual disability may become more available, reports The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.

Autism risk in younger children increases if they have older sibling with disorder

9 August 2016 | 2:00 pm

A new Kaiser Permanente study found that the risk of younger siblings developing an autism spectrum disorder is 14 times higher if an older sibling has ASD.

Princeton researchers identify autism genes using new approach

2 August 2016 | 4:00 pm

Princeton University and Simons Foundation researchers have developed a machine-learning approach that for the first time analyzes the entire human genome to predict which genes may cause autism...

Hearing test may identify autism risk

27 July 2016 | 7:00 am

Researchers have identified an inner ear deficiency in children with Autism that may impact their ability to recognize speech.

Labor induction: No association with autism

25 July 2016 | 4:00 pm

Contrary to a previous study, new research from more than 1.3 million births concludes that there is no association between labor induction and autism.

High quality MRIs without sedation are possible in severely affected children with autism

21 July 2016 | 12:00 pm

UC Davis researchers have found a way to get MRI images of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability without sedating them first using the principles of applied...

Why scientists are calling for experiments on ecstasy

15 July 2016 | 12:00 pm

MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, promotes strong feelings of empathy in users and is classified as a Schedule 1 drug - a category reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high...

New neurons reveal clues about an individual's autism

11 July 2016 | 10:00 am

The brains of some people with autism spectrum disorder grow faster than usual early on in life, often before diagnosis.

Neuroscience study identifies new trigger mechanism for fragile X syndrome in mice

7 July 2016 | 11:00 am

Loss of astroglia-specific fragile X mental retardation protein contributes to fragile X syndrome.

Acetaminophen use in pregnancy linked to autism, ADHD in offspring

4 July 2016 | 3:00 pm

Researchers find children born to mothers who used acetaminophen during pregnancy may be more likely to develop symptoms of autism or ADHD.

Prenatal exposure to paracetamol may increase autism spectrum and hyperactivity symptoms in children

4 July 2016 | 1:00 pm

A new study has found that paracetamol (acetaminophen), which is used extensively during pregnancy, has a strong association with autism spectrum symptoms in boys and for both genders in relation...

New brain map could enable novel therapies for autism and Huntington's disease

21 June 2016 | 4:00 pm

USC scientists have mapped an uncharted portion of the mouse brain to explain which circuit disruptions might occur in disorders such as Huntington's disease and autism.

Specific gut bacteria reverse autism-like behavior in mice

17 June 2016 | 7:00 am

Could autistic traits be partially controlled by the bacteria in our guts? New research demonstrates that this is a genuine possibility.

Links between autism and epilepsy deepen

16 June 2016 | 7:00 am

New research shows that having a first-degree relative with epilepsy significantly increases the risk of being diagnosed with autism.

Brain activity differs between men and women when cooperating

11 June 2016 | 7:00 am

In a cooperation task, researchers identified differences in the brain activity of men and women - even though they performed equally as well.

Mouse study suggests autism is not just a disease of the brain

10 June 2016 | 11:00 am

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by impaired social interactions and repetitive behaviors, often accompanied by abnormal reactions to sensory stimuli.

Risk of autism with intellectual disability linked with maternal immune dysfunction during pregnancy

8 June 2016 | 3:00 pm

Pregnant women with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, proteins that control communication between cells of the immune system, may be at significantly greater risk of having a...

Stress in pregnancy and autism: New gene-stress interaction uncovered

8 June 2016 | 2:00 pm

A new study uncovers a genetic variant that may predispose pregnant women to higher risks for offspring with autism; further investigation is warranted.

Novel mouse model sheds new light on autism spectrum disorder

2 June 2016 | 4:00 pm

A new mouse model, developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the first to show that when more of a specific biological molecule moves between different parts of nerve...