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Scientists discover part of brain that calculates the intentions of others

28 February 2015 | 8:00 am

Scientists mapping monkeys' brains during tasks that require complex social anticipation believe their discovery could lead to treatments for autism and similar problems.

An evolutionary approach reveals new clues toward understanding the roots of schizophrenia

26 February 2015 | 9:00 am

Is mental illness simply the evolutionary toll humans have to pay in return for our unique and superior cognitive abilities when compared to all other species?

Growth hormone improves social impairments in those with autism-linked disorder

24 February 2015 | 8:00 am

A growth hormone can significantly improve the social impairment associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in patients with a related genetic syndrome, according to a pilot study conducted at...

Evolving a bigger brain with human DNA

23 February 2015 | 9:00 am

Crucial DNA difference between humans and chimps boosts brain size in miceThe human version of a DNA sequence called HARE5 turns on a gene important for brain development (gene activity is...

Brain imaging links language delay to chromosome deletion in children with neuro disorders

20 February 2015 | 9:00 am

CHOP-led study suggests pathway common to autism, other disorders; hints at drugs to target overlapping illnessesA child seated in a MEG machine has his head surrounded by the machine's...

New insight into a fragile protein linked to cancer and autism

20 February 2015 | 8:00 am

In recent years, scientists have found a surprising connection between some people with autism and certain cancer patients: They have mutations in the same gene, one that codes for a protein critical...

Autism genes activate during fetal brain development

20 February 2015 | 8:00 am

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that mutations that cause autism in children are connected to a pathway that regulates brain development.

Asperger's student leads female autism study

19 February 2015 | 10:00 am

Psychology researchers are carrying out the first large-scale study into young women with autism - a condition usually viewed as a male syndrome.

Tadpole model links drug exposure to autism-like effects

19 February 2015 | 8:00 am

Research suggests that fetal exposure to chemicals or drugs can cause neurological problems.

Seven genes for X-linked intellectual disability

17 February 2015 | 9:00 am

Genetic analysis discovers new mutations on the X chromosomeX-linked intellectual disability is a disorder that predominantly affects men and can have highly variable clinical manifestations.

Spontaneous activity shapes neuron development

17 February 2015 | 8:00 am

A process previously thought to be mere background noise in the brain has been found to shape the growth of neurons as the brain developsThis is a growing neuron branches into a dendrite.

A brain system that appears to compensate for autism, OCD, and dyslexia

17 February 2015 | 8:00 am

Individuals with five neurodevelopmental disorders -- autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, dyslexia, and Specific Language Impairment -- appear to compensate...

Behavioral therapy effective against pica in children with autism spectrum disorder

12 February 2015 | 8:00 am

Unchecked, eating behavior can lead to medical complicationsIntensive behavioral intervention can be effective at eliminating pica, which is the repeated ingestion of inedible substances...

Inducing or augmenting labor not associated with increase in autism

11 February 2015 | 8:00 am

A research collaboration between Intermountain Healthcare, the University of Utah's Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, and the University of Utah's Psychiatry Department found that induced or...

Medical marijuana for children with developmental and behavioral disorders?

10 February 2015 | 8:00 am

Despite lack of evidence, some are advocating cannabis for children with autism, reports Journal of Developmental and Behavioral PediatricsAs medical marijuana becomes increasingly accepted...

Babies with more frequent eye movements are at increased likelihood of developing Autism Spectrum Disorders as children

9 February 2015 | 10:00 am

Researchers funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) have found that babies who move their eyes more often than their peers at the age of six months are more likely to meet criteria for Autism...

Circadian clock-Angelman syndrome link established

9 February 2015 | 9:00 am

Link could provide quickest way to determine effectiveness of experimental AS treatmentsMonitoring participants' biological clocks may be the quickest way to determine the effectiveness of...

The brain's social network: Nerve cells interact like friends on Facebook

9 February 2015 | 8:00 am

Neurons in the brain are wired like a social network, report researchers from Biozentrum, University of Basel.

Online comments on vaccination 'more influential' than official announcements

8 February 2015 | 8:00 am

A new study suggests that reader comments on websites may sway people's viewpoints on vaccination more than official public service announcements.

New research sheds light on neural circuit development

6 February 2015 | 9:00 am

Researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies report substantial postnatal changes in the functional properties of brain circuits that...

Trends in reproductive medicine: From conception to birth

6 February 2015 | 8:00 am

The journal Trends in Molecular Medicine (TMM) reviews the latest advances in reproductive medicine--from mitochondrial replacement therapy to the infant microbiome--with a special issue on...

Simple strategies lead to improvements in 1 year-olds at risk for autism

6 February 2015 | 8:00 am

A new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers finds that a collection of simple strategies used by parents can lead to significant improvements in one-year-olds at risk for...

Are ongoing concerns about vaccine safety to blame for the measles epidemic?

5 February 2015 | 4:00 pm

This year looks set to hold the highest number of measles cases since the virus was declared eliminated in the US. Are concerns about vaccine safety to blame? We investigate.

Protective brain protein reveals gender implications for autism, Alzheimer's research

5 February 2015 | 9:00 am

Tel Aviv University study finds a mutated gene is expressed differently in male and female brainsFor parents of children struggling with autism, the dearth of information is heartbreaking.

Scientists view effect of whisker tickling on mouse brains

4 February 2015 | 9:00 am

New technique allows scientists to track proteins known to create memoriesResearchers at The Johns Hopkins University have succeeded in peering into the brains of live mice with such precision...