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Can a saliva test diagnose autism?

30 January 2015 | 10:00 am

Researchers at Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh have published the first study showing that children with autism spectrum disorder have differences in protein...

Different trajectories identified for autism spectrum disorder in children

30 January 2015 | 8:00 am

Researchers have found a number of different trajectories for symptom severity and adaptive functioning among children with autism spectrum disorder.

MRIs link impaired brain activity to inability to regulate emotions in autism

29 January 2015 | 9:00 am

UNC researchers find that the bigger the differences in brain activity related to emotion regulation, the more severe the autismMRI data composite: the yellow indicates the prefrontal cortex...

Brain study sheds light on how children with autism process social play

29 January 2015 | 8:00 am

Brain scans confirm significant differences in play behavior, brain activation patterns and stress levels in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as compared with typically developing...

Largest-ever autism genome study finds most siblings have different autism-risk genes

28 January 2015 | 8:00 am

The largest-ever autism genome study, funded by Autism Speaks, reveals that the disorder's genetic underpinnings are even more complex than previously thought: Most siblings who have autism spectrum...

Study finds most siblings with autism have different risk genes

27 January 2015 | 4:00 pm

Contrary to popular belief, a new study using whole genome sequencing found that almost 70% of siblings with autism possessed different genetic variations for the disorder.

Global ENIGMA consortium set up to crack brain's genetic code

25 January 2015 | 8:00 am

In the largest collaborative study of the brain to date, researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) led a global consortium of 190 institutions to...

Video-based treatment may improve autism-related behavior in at-risk infants

25 January 2015 | 8:00 am

Video-based therapy administered to 7-10-month-old infants at risk of autism appears to improve their engagement, attention and social behavior, a new study finds.

A range of factors may lead to autism-related idiosyncrasies

23 January 2015 | 9:00 am

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been studied for many years, but there are still more questions than answers.

Shedding light on genetic mutations in autism disorders

22 January 2015 | 8:00 am

Recent research has linked autism with a lack of "pruning" in developing brain connections, but a new Dartmouth study suggests instead it is the excessive growth of new connections that causes...

Suramin for sleeping sickness reverses autism-like symptoms in fragile X mouse model

21 January 2015 | 8:00 am

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect 1 to 2 percent of children in the United States. Hundreds of genetic and environmental factors have been shown to increase the risk of ASD.

'Idiosyncratic' brain patterns discovered in autism

21 January 2015 | 8:00 am

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been studied for many years, but there are still many more questions than answers.

Study gives new genetic insight to fragile X syndrome

19 January 2015 | 3:00 pm

A study of an individual patient with a mutation in a specific gene has provided researchers with a new insight into fragile X syndrome.

Virginia Tech scientists developing two-minute test for autism spectrum disorder

19 January 2015 | 10:00 am

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have developed a brain-imaging technique that may be able to identify children with autism spectrum disorder in just two minutes.

Potential for early detection of autism offered by advanced 3-D facial imaging

16 January 2015 | 9:00 am

Autism is a spectrum of closely related disorders diagnosed in patients who exhibit a shared core of symptoms, including delays in learning to communicate and interact socially.

Autism symptoms frequently missed by pediatricians during brief checkups

14 January 2015 | 9:00 am

As the rate of children with autism in the U.S. continues to grow, a new study published in top-ranked journal Pediatrics shows that medical professionals can't rely solely on their clinical judgment...

Ritual circumcision linked to increased risk of autism in young boys

13 January 2015 | 10:00 am

Research published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine suggests that circumcised boys are more likely than intact boys to develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) before the age of 10.

Systematically tracking subtle brain mutations

10 January 2015 | 8:00 am

DNA sequences were once thought to be identical from cell to cell, but it's increasingly understood that mutations can arise during brain development that affect only certain groups of brain cells.

How a protein crucial to learning and memory works

9 January 2015 | 9:00 am

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found out how a protein crucial to learning works: by removing a biochemical "clamp" that prevents connections between nerve cells in the brain from growing stronger.

Automated method detects activity of mouse neurons during specific behaviors, brainwide, at cellular resolution

8 January 2015 | 8:00 am

Most people have seen fMRI scans of the human brain. These use a technology called functional magnetic resonance imaging to identify portions of the brain that are active while a subject is being...

Autism-linked protein for sculpting brain connections pinpointed by study

8 January 2015 | 8:00 am

Shortly after birth, human brains expand rapidly with the experience of an entirely new world.

Study identifies part of brain key to controlling attention

7 January 2015 | 3:00 pm

For the first time, researchers have convincingly identified an ensemble of neurons in the brain that is crucial to focusing attention and ignoring distractions.

Potential treatment for Huntington's disease suggested by animal study

7 January 2015 | 9:00 am

By adjusting the levels of a key signaling protein, researchers improved motor function and brain abnormalities in experimental animals with a form of Huntington's disease, a severe neurodegenerative...

Molecular network identified underlying autism spectrum disorders

6 January 2015 | 8:00 am

Researchers in the United States have identified a molecular network that comprises many of the genes previously shown to contribute to autism spectrum disorders.

Diverse autism mutations lead to different disease outcomes

5 January 2015 | 8:00 am

People with autism have a wide range of symptoms, with no two people sharing the exact type and severity of behaviors.