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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...

Link discovered between oxytocin levels in blood and cerebrospinal fluid

6 November 2014 | 9:00 am

For years, scientists have debated how best to assess brain levels of oxytocin, a hormone implicated in social behaviors.

Autism spectrum disorder: ten tips guidance article

5 November 2014 | 10:00 am

A Clinical Perspectives article published in the November 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry proposes a tool to empower stakeholders, guide...

Researchers determine that brain anatomy differences between autistic and typically developing individuals are mostly indistinguishable

5 November 2014 | 10:00 am

In the largest MRI study to date, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Carnegie Mellon University have shown that the brain anatomy in MRI scans of people with autism above...

Increased prevalence in autism diagnoses linked to reporting in Denmark

3 November 2014 | 9:00 pm

About 60 percent of the increase in the observed prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in Danish children appears to be largely due to changes in reporting practices, according to a study...

Unparalleled gene-sequencing study has identified dozens of high-confidence autism genes and hundreds more worthy of study

31 October 2014 | 9:00 am

A genetic autism study of unprecedented scope and power has uncovered more than two-dozen high-confidence risk genes for the disorder.

Children with autism benefit from 'integrated play groups'

30 October 2014 | 8:00 am

It's an often agonizing challenge facing any parent of a child with autism: How can I help my son or daughter socialize with his or her typically developing peers?

Effective autism therapy taught to parents in group classes

29 October 2014 | 8:00 am

Parents can learn to use a scientifically validated autism therapy with their own children by taking a short series of group classes, a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of...

Early exposure to air pollutants linked to autism risk

23 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

Researchers find that children with autism were more likely to be exposed to certain air pollutants during their mother's pregnancy and up to the age of 2 years.

Pitt Public Health finds association between air toxics and childhood autism

23 October 2014 | 2:00 pm

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain air toxics during their mothers' pregnancies and the first two years of life compared...