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Labor induction: No association with autism

25 July 2016 | 4:00 pm

Contrary to a previous study, new research from more than 1.3 million births concludes that there is no association between labor induction and autism.

High quality MRIs without sedation are possible in severely affected children with autism

21 July 2016 | 12:00 pm

UC Davis researchers have found a way to get MRI images of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability without sedating them first using the principles of applied...

Why scientists are calling for experiments on ecstasy

15 July 2016 | 12:00 pm

MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, promotes strong feelings of empathy in users and is classified as a Schedule 1 drug - a category reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high...

New neurons reveal clues about an individual's autism

11 July 2016 | 10:00 am

The brains of some people with autism spectrum disorder grow faster than usual early on in life, often before diagnosis.

Neuroscience study identifies new trigger mechanism for fragile X syndrome in mice

7 July 2016 | 11:00 am

Loss of astroglia-specific fragile X mental retardation protein contributes to fragile X syndrome.

Acetaminophen use in pregnancy linked to autism, ADHD in offspring

4 July 2016 | 3:00 pm

Researchers find children born to mothers who used acetaminophen during pregnancy may be more likely to develop symptoms of autism or ADHD.

Prenatal exposure to paracetamol may increase autism spectrum and hyperactivity symptoms in children

4 July 2016 | 1:00 pm

A new study has found that paracetamol (acetaminophen), which is used extensively during pregnancy, has a strong association with autism spectrum symptoms in boys and for both genders in relation...

New brain map could enable novel therapies for autism and Huntington's disease

21 June 2016 | 4:00 pm

USC scientists have mapped an uncharted portion of the mouse brain to explain which circuit disruptions might occur in disorders such as Huntington's disease and autism.

Specific gut bacteria reverse autism-like behavior in mice

17 June 2016 | 7:00 am

Could autistic traits be partially controlled by the bacteria in our guts? New research demonstrates that this is a genuine possibility.

Links between autism and epilepsy deepen

16 June 2016 | 7:00 am

New research shows that having a first-degree relative with epilepsy significantly increases the risk of being diagnosed with autism.

Brain activity differs between men and women when cooperating

11 June 2016 | 7:00 am

In a cooperation task, researchers identified differences in the brain activity of men and women - even though they performed equally as well.

Mouse study suggests autism is not just a disease of the brain

10 June 2016 | 11:00 am

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by impaired social interactions and repetitive behaviors, often accompanied by abnormal reactions to sensory stimuli.

Risk of autism with intellectual disability linked with maternal immune dysfunction during pregnancy

8 June 2016 | 3:00 pm

Pregnant women with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, proteins that control communication between cells of the immune system, may be at significantly greater risk of having a...

Stress in pregnancy and autism: New gene-stress interaction uncovered

8 June 2016 | 2:00 pm

A new study uncovers a genetic variant that may predispose pregnant women to higher risks for offspring with autism; further investigation is warranted.

Novel mouse model sheds new light on autism spectrum disorder

2 June 2016 | 4:00 pm

A new mouse model, developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the first to show that when more of a specific biological molecule moves between different parts of nerve...

Autism care improved, diagnosis time shortened by new MU program

1 June 2016 | 2:00 pm

Wait lists for a specialist to confirm an autism diagnosis can be agonizing and last months.

Antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy: Folic acid could help to prevent autism

1 June 2016 | 12:00 pm

If pregnant women take antiepileptic drugs, the child can develop autistic traits.

A new genetic player in autism

27 May 2016 | 11:00 am

A study aimed at detecting the genetic triggers of autism spectrum disorder has uncovered a new gene mutation, which could lead to better diagnosis and treatment outcomes.

Neuroscientists illuminate role of autism-linked gene

26 May 2016 | 4:00 pm

A new study from MIT neuroscientists reveals that a gene mutation associated with autism plays a critical role in the formation and maturation of synapses - the connections that allow neurons to...

Can telehealth fill gap in autism services?

25 May 2016 | 4:00 pm

Parents struggling to find and afford therapy for their child with autism may eventually be able to provide that therapy themselves with the help of telehealth training.

Colours of autism spectrum described by CanChild researchers

19 May 2016 | 2:00 pm

Children with autism have a wide range of ability to talk with other people, but it has been difficult to group children by their specific skills.

Children with autism learn new words much like others do, study finds

4 May 2016 | 12:00 pm

Autistic children are capable of following someone's eyes as they name an object.

Autism and cancer share a remarkable number of risk genes in common

4 May 2016 | 8:00 am

Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for...

Origin of synaptic pruning process linked to learning, autism and schizophrenia identified

3 May 2016 | 10:00 am

Research led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center has identified a brain receptor that appears to initiate adolescent synaptic pruning, a process believed necessary for learning, but one that appears to...

One-third of autistic children likely to wander, disappear

2 May 2016 | 7:00 am

A review of data on 1,420 children ages 6 to 17 with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) found that more than one-third had wandered away from a safe environment within the past 12 months, according...