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Maternal exposure to air pollution linked to offspring autism risk

18 December 2014 | 4:00 pm

Exposure to high levels of fine particulate matter during pregnancy - particularly in the third trimester - may put offspring at almost twice the risk of autism, a new study finds.

Memory formation in fragile X syndrome strengthened by multiple, short learning sessions

15 December 2014 | 8:00 am

A learning technique that maximizes the brain's ability to make and store memories may help overcome cognitive issues seen in fragile X syndrome, a leading form of intellectual disability, according...

Brain study shows inflammation is a marker of autism

11 December 2014 | 3:00 pm

Using the largest data set for a study on gene expression and autism, researchers found the brains of people with autism have inflammation response genes perpetually turned on.

Preeclampsia during pregnancy and child's autism risk linked

9 December 2014 | 4:00 pm

A large population-based, case-controlled study finds a link between children diagnosed with autism and their mothers experiencing preeclampsia during pregnancy.

Researchers pinpoint chemo effect on brain cells, potential link to autism

5 December 2014 | 9:00 am

The common chemotherapy drug topotecan disrupts a gene integral for neuron communication, though the effects are reversible. The research also homes in on an underlying cause of autism.

Autism and gender nonconformity combined present unique challenges

5 December 2014 | 8:00 am

The challenges in providing psychotherapy to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who also are struggling with their gender identity are explored in two case studies of high-functioning...

Altered 'thought-markers' of autism identified by new tool

4 December 2014 | 9:00 am

Psychiatric disorders -- including autism -- are characterized and diagnosed based on a clinical assessment of verbal and physical behavior.

Minute movements of autistic children and their parents provide clue to severity of disorder

3 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Imperceptible variations in movement patterns among individuals with autism spectrum disorder are important indicators of the severity of the disorder in children and adults, according to a report...

Why faces are seen differently in autism

30 November 2014 | 8:00 am

The way people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gather information - not the judgement process itself - might explain why they gain different perceptions from peoples' faces, according to a new...

Researchers identify drug target for behavioral symptoms of fragile X syndrome

28 November 2014 | 8:00 am

Researchers have discovered that by blocking a molecule called eIF4E, they can reverse the behavioral symptoms of fragile X syndrome - the most common genetic cause of autism.

Missing gene linked to autism

26 November 2014 | 9:00 am

Researchers at the University of Leeds have shed light on a gene mutation linked to autistic traits.

Mouse study identifies malfunctioning neural circuit at the root of motor impairments seen in autism

26 November 2014 | 8:00 am

Abnormal connections between neurons are the likely cause of motor coordination issues seen in autism spectrum disorder.

Findings presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting by Johns Hopkins scientists

24 November 2014 | 8:00 am

A Blood Pressure Hormone Implicated in PsychosisIn an effort to find a marker that predicts psychosis, postdoctoral researcher Lindsay Hayes, Ph.D.

Serotonin's early role in the assembly of brain circuits

21 November 2014 | 9:00 am

A lot of research has shown that poor regulation of the serotonin system, caused by certain genetic variations, can increase the risk of developing psychiatric illnesses such as autism, depression...

New insights that link Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

18 November 2014 | 10:00 am

Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability (ID), as well as the most frequent monogenic cause of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

New player identified in brain function and memory

18 November 2014 | 8:00 am

Is it possible to change the amount of information the brain can store? Maybe, according to a new international study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC).

Recognising changing facial expressions a problem in autism

17 November 2014 | 9:00 am

People on the autistic spectrum may struggle to recognise social cues, unfamiliar people or even someone's gender because of an inability to interpret changing facial expressions, new research has...

Study shows how brain maps develop to help us perceive the world

17 November 2014 | 8:00 am

Driving to work becomes routine--but could you drive the entire way in reverse gear? Humans, like many animals, are accustomed to seeing objects pass behind us as we go forward.

New mouse model demonstrates how the brain develops in individuals with autism

14 November 2014 | 9:00 am

Mutated gene causes parts of the brain to degenerate, leading to behavioral deficits, geneticists from Heidelberg publish study in Molecular Psychiatry, better understanding can help deal with...

Clues to ADHD, autism and bipolar disorder offered by 'darting' mice

13 November 2014 | 8:00 am

A darting mouse may hold an important clue in the development of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism and bipolar disorder, according to a study by a Vanderbilt University-led...

New genetic links in autism

13 November 2014 | 8:00 am

For answers, researchers turned to mice, stem cells and the 'tooth fairy'With the help of mouse models, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and the "tooth fairy," researchers at the University...

New findings challenge assumptions about how information is encoded in the brain

12 November 2014 | 9:00 am

Think about all the things you are doing at this moment. As your eyes scan across the lines of this article, maybe your brain is processing the smell of coffee brewing down the hall and the sound of...

Black, Hispanic children underrepresented in autism identification

11 November 2014 | 8:00 am

The number of children diagnosed with autism has increased in recent years, but a new study co-authored by a University of Kansas professor shows that while the number of students with autism...

Images captured of a protein complex that keeps hearts beating

7 November 2014 | 9:00 am

For years, a multidisciplinary team of Johns Hopkins researchers has tracked an elusive creature, a complex of proteins thought to be at fault in some cases of sudden cardiac death.

Brain changes linked to prematurity may explain risk of neurodevelopmental disorders

7 November 2014 | 8:00 am

Disturbances in the early stages of brain growth, such as preterm birth - when many of the brain's structures have not yet fully developed - appears to affect the brain's neuro-circuitry, which may...