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Potential genetic test to aid autism diagnosis

2 September 2015 | 7:00 am

Genetic testing of children with certain physical features of autism spectrum disorder may help to diagnose the cause of their condition.

Nasal spray device for mental illness

1 September 2015 | 12:00 pm

Researchers at the University of Oslo have tested a new device for delivering hormone treatments for mental illness through the nose.

People with autistic traits may be more creative, study suggests

24 August 2015 | 3:00 pm

In creativity tests, researchers found individuals with high autistic traits were more likely to come up with original and unusual ideas than those without such traits.

New insights in pathological mechanism that causes dysfunctional synapses

20 August 2015 | 10:00 am

Genetic analysis of human patients has shown that mutations in genes involved in synaptic communication can drive neuropsychiatric and neurological diseases such as autism spectrum disorder and...

Scientist: Most complete human brain model to date is a 'brain changer'

19 August 2015 | 11:00 am

Once licensed, model likely to accelerate study of Alzheimer's, autism, moreScientists at The Ohio State University have developed a nearly complete human brain in a dish that equals the brain...

Why revealing an autism diagnosis is advisable when going to university

17 August 2015 | 4:00 pm

Students with autism or Asperger's Syndrome who are preparing to go to university this autumn will be better supported by both professional services and their peers if they reveal their diagnosis...

Research examines relationship between autism and creativity

17 August 2015 | 4:00 pm

Psychologists from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and University of Stirling examined the relationship between autistic-like traits and creativity.

Receptors in brain linked to schizophrenia, autism

12 August 2015 | 8:00 am

The loss of a critical receptor in a special class of inhibitory neurons in the brain may be responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and schizophrenia, according to new research...

Psychologists develop first adult self-assessment for repetitive behaviors in autism

7 August 2015 | 12:00 pm

Psychologists from Cardiff University have developed the first self-assessment test designed to help clinicians diagnose autism in adults.

Scientists discover how a gene mutation causes autism

7 August 2015 | 7:00 am

Researchers have discovered how mutations in a gene called UBE3A cause autism, and reveal that some existing drugs hold promise for treating the condition.

Missing piece surfaces in the puzzle of autism

5 August 2015 | 2:00 pm

A study carried out by the Laboratoire Neurobiologie des Interactions Cellulaires et Neurophysiopathologie (CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université), in collaboration with clinicians from Marseilles Public...

Simple intervention can moderate anti-vaccination beliefs, study finds

4 August 2015 | 8:00 am

It might not be possible to convince someone who believes that vaccines cause autism that they don't.

Young adults with autism show improved social function following UCLA skills program

31 July 2015 | 3:00 pm

Gains from 'PEERS' training persist 16 weeks laterResearchers at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA have found that a social skills program for high-functioning young...

Genetic tug of war in the brain influences behavior

31 July 2015 | 8:00 am

Cell-specific imprinting is prevalent in the brain, and more common than classic imprintingTypically genes express two copies, one from the mother and one from the father.

Autism costs estimated to reach nearly $500 billion, potentially $1 trillion, by 2025

29 July 2015 | 4:00 pm

UC Davis researchers recommend broader access to early intervention, employment support UC Davis health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people...

In mice, experimental drug treatment for Rett syndrome suggests the disorder is reversible

28 July 2015 | 2:00 pm

A team at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has developed a strikingly new approach for treating Rett syndrome, a devastating autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that affects 1 in 10,000 people in the...

Premature birth associated with introversion in adulthood

28 July 2015 | 8:00 am

Researchers have developed a personality profile for individuals born very prematurely or with a very low birth weight by assessing the personalities of adults.

A way to predict whether children with DiGeorge syndrome will develop autism or psychosis

28 July 2015 | 7:00 am

New findings by UCLA and University of Pittsburgh isolate genetic differencesDoctors and researchers have long known that children who are missing about 60 genes on a certain chromosome are at a...

Rising autism prevalence 'driven by changes in classification'

25 July 2015 | 7:00 am

Between 2000 and 2010, rates of autism have tripled. However, a new study suggests that this rise is largely due to changes in intellectual disability categorization in the US.

Expert panel sets nutrition guidelines to manage GI symptoms in autism

24 July 2015 | 10:00 am

Framework to navigate food selectivity, alternative diets, nutritional deficitsA new guideline for the nutrition of management gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorders...

Increasing prevalence of autism is due, in part, to changing diagnoses

23 July 2015 | 10:00 am

The greater than three-fold increase in autism diagnoses among students in special education programs in the United States between 2000 and 2010 may be due in large part to the reclassification of...

Low levels of hormone linked to social deficit in autism, Stanford study finds

23 July 2015 | 7:00 am

A brain-chemistry deficit in children with autism may help to explain their social difficulties, according to new findings from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

The medical odyssey of an undiagnosed child

22 July 2015 | 8:00 am

Discovery by Tel Aviv University, Antwerp University researchers of the mutations of a neuroprotective protein finds expression in the story of a 7-year-old patientChildren born with...

Discovered a cause of mental retardation and autism

21 July 2015 | 10:00 am

The term intellectual disability covers a large number of clinical entities, some with known cause and others of uncertain origin.

New tool for investigating RNA gone awry

21 July 2015 | 8:00 am

Sticky-flare nanotechnology exposes RNA misregulation in living cellsRNA is a fundamental ingredient in all known forms of life -- so when RNA goes awry, a lot can go wrong.