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First diagnostic criteria for Christianson syndrome

23 July 2014 | 8:00 am

A new study provides the most definitive characterization of the autism-like intellectual disability disorder Christianson syndrome and provides the first diagnostic criteria to help doctors and...

Two-way interaction between neurons and astrocytes plays an important role in the processes of learning and memory

22 July 2014 | 7:00 am

Throughout our lives, our brains adapt to what we learn and memorise. The brain is indeed made up of complex networks of neurons and synapses that are constantly re-configured.

Autism risk is 'mostly genetic,' according to statistical analysis

21 July 2014 | 3:00 pm

The largest ever study into the heritability of autism finds that nearly 60% of autism risk is genetic. Also, these genes are mostly common among the general population.

Autism 'passport' launched to help hospital staff working with disabled patients

21 July 2014 | 9:00 am

An innovative free resource to assist hospital staff working with patients with autism is being launched by Baroness Angela Browning and the National Autistic Society (NAS), the UK's leading...

Neuroscientists suggest link between defects in fatty acid transport proteins and schizophrenia, autism

17 July 2014 | 7:00 am

Using diverse methodologies, neuroscientists from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute report that defects in Fatty Acid Binding Proteins (FABPs) may help to explain the pathology in some cases of...

Dysfunctional synapses can lead to autism, epilepsy, substance abuse and depression.

15 July 2014 | 8:00 am

In the brains of all vertebrates, information is transmitted through synapses, a mechanism that allows an electric or chemical signal to be passed from one brain cell to another.

The generation and survival of neurons prevented by a 'switch' in the brains of Alzheimer's and stroke patients

7 July 2014 | 8:00 am

A new study by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) has identified a chemical "switch" that controls both the generation of new neurons from neural stem cells...

Genetic link to autism discovered that affects half of 1 percent of autism patients but could lead to more genetic testing

7 July 2014 | 7:00 am

In a collaboration involving 13 institutions around the world, researchers have broken new ground in understanding what causes autism.

Brain cell development affected by schizophrenia-associated gene variation

7 July 2014 | 7:00 am

Johns Hopkins researchers have begun to connect the dots between a schizophrenia-linked genetic variation and its effect on the developing brain.

Some brain cells appear to make judgments based on a viewer's subjective opinions instead of true emotion expressed

3 July 2014 | 7:00 am

When evaluating another person's emotions - happy, sad, angry, afraid - humans take cues from facial expressions.

Randomized pediatric autism clinical trial conducted entirely online

2 July 2014 | 8:00 am

UC San Francisco researchers have completed the first Internet-based clinical trial for children with autism, establishing it as a viable and cost effective method of conducting high-quality and...

Autism and driving: first study asks autistic adults about real-world driving experiences

30 June 2014 | 8:00 am

In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self-reported driving behaviors...

Promising results from clinical trial of Rett syndrome drug

25 June 2014 | 8:00 am

Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes mental retardation, autism, and physical deformities, has no cure.

Adults with Asperger's syndrome 'at higher risk of suicidal thoughts'

25 June 2014 | 7:00 am

Adults with Asperger's syndrome - a form of autism - are much more likely to experience suicidal thoughts than the general population, according to new research.

Researchers discover how neurons equalize between excitation and inhibition

24 June 2014 | 8:00 am

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a fundamental mechanism by which the brain maintains its internal balance.

Offspring autism risk linked to pesticide exposure during pregnancy

23 June 2014 | 3:00 pm

A new study by researchers from UC-Davis finds that the closer a woman lives to pesticide sites during pregnancy, the higher the risk of having a child with autism.

Social behavior tied to activity in specific brain circuit: finding has implications for autism, social anxiety, schizophrenia, depression

23 June 2014 | 7:00 am

A team of Stanford University investigators has linked a particular brain circuit to mammals' tendency to interact socially.

New technique helps scientists unravel the inner connections of how thoughts, memories or diseases arise

23 June 2014 | 7:00 am

Last year Karl Deisseroth, a Stanford professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, announced a new way of peering into a brain - removed from the body - that provided...

How the brain learns to ignore familiar stimuli has implications for autism

20 June 2014 | 8:00 am

A neuroscientist from Trinity College Dublin has proposed a new, ground-breaking explanation for the fundamental process of 'habituation', which has never been completely understood by...

Placental marker of prenatal stress linked to brain mitochondrial dysfunction; increased risk for autism, schizophrenia

20 June 2014 | 7:00 am

When a woman experiences a stressful event early in pregnancy, the risk of her child developing autism spectrum disorders or schizophrenia increases.

APC gene linked to learning and autistic-like disabilities

19 June 2014 | 7:00 am

Autistic-like behaviors and decreased cognitive ability may be associated with disruption of the function of the Adenomatous Polyposis Coli (APC) gene.

Old drug used for sleeping sickness reverses autism-like symptoms in mice

19 June 2014 | 7:00 am

In a further test of a novel theory that suggests autism is the consequence of abnormal cell communication, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that an...

Parents of children with autism curtail reproduction after signs of disorder

18 June 2014 | 8:00 pm

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appear to curtail attempts to have more children after the first signs of the disorder manifest or a diagnosis is made.

UK survey reveals neglect and abuse of adults with autism

18 June 2014 | 9:00 am

New statistics released on Monday 16 June by The National Autistic Society (NAS) have revealed the devastating scale of neglect and abuse experienced by adults with autism.

Betting behavior influenced by genes

18 June 2014 | 7:00 am

Investors and gamblers take note: your betting decisions and strategy are determined, in part, by your genes.