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Understanding severe autism - critical role for the CTNND2 gene

26 March 2015 | 7:00 am

A newly identified gene that is associated with severe autism provides new clues about the factors that cause this neurodevelopmental disorder.

Evidence many young children with autism show gut symptoms

26 March 2015 | 7:00 am

Gastrointestinal symptoms of constipation, diarrhea and food allergy/intolerance up to 3 years of age were more likely to be seen by mothers of infants with autism in study.

Rett Syndrome Research Trust awards Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic $1.3 million for clinical trial

25 March 2015 | 9:00 am

A surgical sedative may hold the key to reversing the devastating symptoms of a neurodevelopmental disorder found almost exclusively in females.

Father inspired after child's autism improved by course of antibiotic

25 March 2015 | 7:00 am

A surprising improvement in a child’s autism, seemingly caused by amoxicillin, has led a father to begin investigating the links between gut bacteria and the disorder.

Autistic and non-autistic brain differences isolated for first time

24 March 2015 | 7:00 am

New big data methodology can analyse over 1 billion pieces of dataThis is a brain model with regions of interest highlighted.

Fewer multiple births could reduce autism risk in ART children

23 March 2015 | 8:00 am

In a paper published online, scientists report that the incidence of diagnosed autism was twice as high for assisted reproductive technology (ART) as non-ART births among the nearly 6 million...

Rett Syndrome treatment may lie in targeting 'long genes'

12 March 2015 | 10:00 am

A new study finds that the absence of MeCP2 protein - a hallmark of Rett Syndrome - disrupts the expression of long genes, suggesting these could be a treatment target.

Link between autism genes and higher intelligence, study suggests

11 March 2015 | 9:00 am

Genes linked with a greater risk of developing autism may also be associated with higher intelligence, a study suggests.

Brain structure varies depending on how trusting people are of others, study shows

11 March 2015 | 8:00 am

A recent study from the University of Georgia shows differences in brain structure according to how trusting people are of others.

Autistic features linked to prenatal exposure to fire retardants, phthalates

10 March 2015 | 7:00 am

Exposure during pregnancy to a combination of fire retardant chemicals and phthalate chemicals--both present in the average home--can contribute to autistic-like behaviors in the offspring, according...

Oxytocin may enhance social function in psychiatric disorders

8 March 2015 | 7:00 am

Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, have shown inducing the release of brain oxytocin may be a viable therapeutic option for enhancing social function in...

Cancer screening concerns

3 March 2015 | 8:00 am

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are much less likely to be screened for colorectal cancer, research showsAccording to new research, adults in Ontario with intellectual and...

Why debunked autism treatment fads persist

3 March 2015 | 8:00 am

The communication struggles of children with autism spectrum disorder can drive parents and educators to try anything to understand their thoughts, needs and wants.

Study shows less aggressive behavior toward strangers in autism spectrum disorder model

2 March 2015 | 7:00 am

While aggression toward caregivers and peers is a challenge faced by many individuals and families dealing with autism, there has been much speculation in the media over the possibility of generally...

Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D may control brain serotonin

2 March 2015 | 7:00 am

Although essential marine omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D have been shown to improve cognitive function and behavior in the context of certain brain disorders, the underlying mechanism has been...

Newly discovered neurons predict the cooperative behavior of others

2 March 2015 | 7:00 am

Social interactions rely on the ability to anticipate others' intentions and actions, and identifying neurons that reflect another individual's so-called "state of mind" has been a long-sought goal...

Scientists discover part of brain that calculates the intentions of others

28 February 2015 | 7:00 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 | 8:00 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 | 7:00 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 | 8:00 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 | 8:00 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 | 7:00 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 | 7:00 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 | 9:00 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 | 7:00 am

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