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More sedentary behaviour found in children with autism

30 September 2014 | 7:00 am

A new Oregon State University study of children with autism found that they are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and...

Interpregnancy intervals of less than 1 year or more than 5 years increases risk of autism

26 September 2014 | 7:00 am

A study published in the Month 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that children who were conceived either less than 1 year or more than 5 years...

Boys with autism demonstrate surprising strength in grammar processing

24 September 2014 | 9:00 am

Autism is often characterized by language and communication deficits. Yet a study by neuroscientists found that boys with high-functioning autism were significantly faster at a key task of grammar...

Blocking one gene could aid social behavior in some forms of autism, IU scientists report

24 September 2014 | 9:00 am

Blocking a single gene that is active in the brain could provide a means to lessen behavioral problems among children with a common genetic disease, many of whom are also diagnosed with an autism...

Autism diagnosis and classification could be improved by brainwave test

24 September 2014 | 8:00 am

A new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University suggests that measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying...

Brain differences in autistic males with early language delay

23 September 2014 | 3:00 pm

Comparing the brains of autistic men who did and did not experience delayed language onset in childhood, researchers have uncovered brain volume differences.

Maternal iron intake linked to offspring autism risk

23 September 2014 | 7:00 am

Children whose mothers did not take iron supplements while pregnant are at significantly greater risk of autism, claim researchers, in the first study to link iron to autism risk.

Symptoms of autism common in people with Jacobsen syndrome

22 September 2014 | 7:00 am

A rare genetic disorder known as Jacobsen syndrome has been linked with autism, according to a recent joint investigation by researchers at San Diego State University and the University of...

Mutations in gene linked to brain development 'may be a cause of autism'

22 September 2014 | 7:00 am

Researchers have identified mutations in a gene linked to brain development that they believe may be a cause of severe autism. The gene is also linked to another related to speech.

Risk of adolescent mental health disorders affected by size at birth

20 September 2014 | 7:00 am

New research from the Copenhagen Centre for Social Evolution and Yale University offers compelling support for the general evolutionary theory that birth-weight and birth-length can partially predict...

Parts of the brain's cortex develop differently in people with schizophrenia

18 September 2014 | 8:00 am

Schizophrenia is generally considered to be a disorder of brain development and it shares many risk factors, both genetic and environmental, with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and...

Discovery of "seesaw circuit" in brains of mice has implications for autism

16 September 2014 | 7:00 am

Humans with autism often show a reduced frequency of social interactions and an increased tendency to engage in repetitive solitary behaviors.

Autism treatment in infancy 'may prevent further symptoms'

9 September 2014 | 3:00 pm

A researcher who has developed an autism therapy for infants claims that, by beginning treatment as soon as symptoms appear, full onset of symptoms can be avoided by age 3.

How do sex hormones influence autism risk?

9 September 2014 | 7:00 am

A new study investigates why males are much more likely to have autism than females, by measuring estrogen receptor levels in the brain tissue of autism spectrum disorder patients.

Autism medications' effectiveness may be reduced by poor stomach absorption of drugs

5 September 2014 | 7:00 am

Recent research has revealed that many children and adults with autism experience gastrointestinal symptoms and that such symptoms can impact the absorption and availability of medications.

Researchers find possible root of autism in early cerebellum injury

4 September 2014 | 8:00 am

A brain region largely known for coordinating motor control has a largely overlooked role in childhood development that could reveal information crucial to understanding the onset of autism...

Changes in ADNP gene may be among the most common causes of autism

2 September 2014 | 7:00 am

A new study from Bradley Hospital has identified a genetic change in a recently identified autism-associated gene, which may provide further insight into the causes of autism.

Pilot study of socially-assistive robots that help children with autism to learn imitative behavior

2 September 2014 | 7:00 am

A team of researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering share results from a pilot study on the effects of using humanoid robots to help children with autism practice imitation behavior in...

Previously reported autism risk appears to be attributable to mother's prenatal antidepression, not medication

28 August 2014 | 8:00 am

Previous studies that have suggested an increased risk of autism among children of women who took antidepressants during pregnancy may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe...

In stress hormone regulation, maturing brain flips function of amygdala

23 August 2014 | 7:00 am

In contrast to evidence that the amygdala stimulates stress responses in adults, researchers at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University have found that the amygdala has an...

Children with autism 'have too many synapses in their brain'

22 August 2014 | 3:00 pm

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, find that children with autism have excess synapses in their brain, which impacts brain function.

Algorithm developed to uncover genomic insertions and deletions involved in autism, OCD

19 August 2014 | 8:00 am

With three billion letters in the human genome, it seems hard to believe that adding a DNA base here or removing a DNA base there could have much of an effect on our health.

How information flow in the brain is centrally regulated for sleep and wakefulness

19 August 2014 | 7:00 am

Ever wonder why it's hard to focus after a bad night's sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal...

Sexual victimization a greater risk for adults with autism

19 August 2014 | 7:00 am

Adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimization than adults without, due to lack of sex education, but with improved interventions that focus on sexual knowledge and skill building...

Brain 'switchboard' identified that is important in attention and sleep, suggests new targets for treating psychiatric disorders

18 August 2014 | 8:00 am

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, using a mouse model, have recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of the brain that works as a "switchboard,"...