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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...

Children are diagnosed with autism at younger ages since push for universal screening

2 May 2016 | 7:00 am

Researchers say children with autism who were born before the 2007 recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that all children be screened for the disorder at the 18- and 24-month...

Study may explain gene's role in major psychiatric disorders

27 April 2016 | 10:00 am

Gene associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, ADHD, and depression linked to brain cell death in mice.

GI problems in autism may originate in genes, study suggests

26 April 2016 | 2:00 pm

Gene linked to autism lowers serotonin activity in mice, slows movement in gut.

Review assesses published research on brain changes associated with autism

22 April 2016 | 1:00 pm

A recent review that examined all published studies on anatomical abnormalities in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder found substantial discrepancy throughout the literature...

Scientist models Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome in adult stem cells

21 April 2016 | 8:00 am

Studies performed by a Sanford Research scientist using an innovative stem-cell model for a fatal developmental disorder is the focus of a recent study published in Nature Medicine.

Autism patients have more cancer gene mutations but lower cancer risk

17 April 2016 | 7:00 am

Despite patients with autism having more cancer-related gene mutations than those without autism, they are less likely to develop the disease, a new study suggests.

Brain scan method may help detect autism

15 April 2016 | 11:00 am

Many doctors and scientists think they could improve the diagnosis and understanding of autism spectrum disorders if they had reliable means to identify specific abnormalities in the brain.

Improved brain mapping tool 20 times more powerful than previous version

15 April 2016 | 9:00 am

Salk Institute scientists have developed a new reagent to map the brain's complex network of connections that is 20 times more efficient than their previous version.

UI researchers find benefits to using telehealth with ASD families

13 April 2016 | 10:00 am

Telemedicine can save families, clinics time and money.Telemedicine - connecting health care providers and patients via computer or smart phone for diagnosis and treatment -- has been making it...

Neuronal structures associated with memory sprout in response to novel molecules

12 April 2016 | 7:00 am

Drug candidates protect neurons against damage from substance implicated in Alzheimer's disease.

Whites receive more state funding for autism services than other racial/ethnic groups in California

11 April 2016 | 12:00 pm

UC Davis evaluation also shows autism-related spending increases with age.Whites with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in California receive more state funding than Hispanics, African Americans...

Brain responses found to originate from previously unknown source

7 April 2016 | 10:00 am

Discovery will inform further research into hearing disorders and brain training.

For parents of autistic children, more social support means better health

7 April 2016 | 10:00 am

About one in 681 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

DiGeorge Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

6 April 2016 | 7:00 am

Learn about DiGeorge syndrome, also known as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a chromosomal disorder that causes several body systems to develop poorly.

Review examines functioning, disability, and health in patients with autism spectrum disorder

5 April 2016 | 3:00 pm

A recent review and analysis of the medical literature has helped determine what constitutes the relevant aspects of ability and disability in individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorder.

New study adds key piece to autism puzzle

5 April 2016 | 1:00 pm

Where do your eyes focus during a conversation? An innovative study by University of Vermont researchers reveals that for children with autism spectrum disorder, the answer depends on how emotional...

CDC estimates 1 in 68 school-aged children have autism; no change from previous estimate

31 March 2016 | 5:00 pm

Too soon to say whether autism prevalence stabilizing.An estimated 1 in 68 (14.