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Gene duplications associated with autism evolved recently in human history

22 October 2014 | 7:00 am

Human geneticists have discovered that a region of the genome associated with autism contains genetic variation that evolved in the last 250,000 years, after the divergence of humans from ancient...

Siblings of children with autism can show signs at 18 months

22 October 2014 | 7:00 am

About 20% of younger siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will develop the condition by age 3.

A tool enhances social inclusion for people with autism

16 October 2014 | 8:00 am

The University of Alicante has developed, together with centres in the UK, Spain and Bulgaria, a tool designed to assist people with autism spectrum disorders by adapting written documents into a...

Could a chemical in broccoli, sprouts help treat autism?

14 October 2014 | 3:00 pm

A new study finds that a chemical found in broccoli and other vegetables - sulforaphane - could help improve some behavioral symptoms in people with autism.

UCLA study finds link between neural stem cell overgrowth and autism-like behavior in mice

12 October 2014 | 7:00 am

People with autism spectrum disorder often experience a period of accelerated brain growth after birth. No one knows why, or whether the change is linked to any specific behavioral changes.

Early intervention program benefits young children with autism, improves parent-child interactions

7 October 2014 | 7:00 am

A parent coaching intervention brings meaningful benefits for preschool-aged children with autism-spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a clinical trial in the October Journal of Developmental ...

New learning mechanism for individual nerve cells

3 October 2014 | 7:00 am

The traditional view is that learning is based on the strengthening or weakening of the contacts between the nerve cells in the brain.

Assessment protocol shows potential to diagnose autism in Tanzania

3 October 2014 | 7:00 am

Researchers at Brown University and the University of Georgia have developed and tested an approach for diagnosing autism in Tanzania, where such clinical assessment and intervention services are...

More sedentary behaviour found in children with autism

30 September 2014 | 7:00 am

A new Oregon State University study of children with autism found that they are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and...

Interpregnancy intervals of less than 1 year or more than 5 years increases risk of autism

26 September 2014 | 7:00 am

A study published in the Month 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that children who were conceived either less than 1 year or more than 5 years...

Blocking one gene could aid social behavior in some forms of autism, IU scientists report

24 September 2014 | 9:00 am

Blocking a single gene that is active in the brain could provide a means to lessen behavioral problems among children with a common genetic disease, many of whom are also diagnosed with an autism...

Boys with autism demonstrate surprising strength in grammar processing

24 September 2014 | 9:00 am

Autism is often characterized by language and communication deficits. Yet a study by neuroscientists found that boys with high-functioning autism were significantly faster at a key task of grammar...

Autism diagnosis and classification could be improved by brainwave test

24 September 2014 | 8:00 am

A new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University suggests that measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying...

Brain differences in autistic males with early language delay

23 September 2014 | 3:00 pm

Comparing the brains of autistic men who did and did not experience delayed language onset in childhood, researchers have uncovered brain volume differences.

Maternal iron intake linked to offspring autism risk

23 September 2014 | 7:00 am

Children whose mothers did not take iron supplements while pregnant are at significantly greater risk of autism, claim researchers, in the first study to link iron to autism risk.

Mutations in gene linked to brain development 'may be a cause of autism'

22 September 2014 | 7:00 am

Researchers have identified mutations in a gene linked to brain development that they believe may be a cause of severe autism. The gene is also linked to another related to speech.

Symptoms of autism common in people with Jacobsen syndrome

22 September 2014 | 7:00 am

A rare genetic disorder known as Jacobsen syndrome has been linked with autism, according to a recent joint investigation by researchers at San Diego State University and the University of...

Risk of adolescent mental health disorders affected by size at birth

20 September 2014 | 7:00 am

New research from the Copenhagen Centre for Social Evolution and Yale University offers compelling support for the general evolutionary theory that birth-weight and birth-length can partially predict...

Parts of the brain's cortex develop differently in people with schizophrenia

18 September 2014 | 8:00 am

Schizophrenia is generally considered to be a disorder of brain development and it shares many risk factors, both genetic and environmental, with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and...

Discovery of "seesaw circuit" in brains of mice has implications for autism

16 September 2014 | 7:00 am

Humans with autism often show a reduced frequency of social interactions and an increased tendency to engage in repetitive solitary behaviors.

Autism treatment in infancy 'may prevent further symptoms'

9 September 2014 | 3:00 pm

A researcher who has developed an autism therapy for infants claims that, by beginning treatment as soon as symptoms appear, full onset of symptoms can be avoided by age 3.

How do sex hormones influence autism risk?

9 September 2014 | 7:00 am

A new study investigates why males are much more likely to have autism than females, by measuring estrogen receptor levels in the brain tissue of autism spectrum disorder patients.

Autism medications' effectiveness may be reduced by poor stomach absorption of drugs

5 September 2014 | 7:00 am

Recent research has revealed that many children and adults with autism experience gastrointestinal symptoms and that such symptoms can impact the absorption and availability of medications.

Researchers find possible root of autism in early cerebellum injury

4 September 2014 | 8:00 am

A brain region largely known for coordinating motor control has a largely overlooked role in childhood development that could reveal information crucial to understanding the onset of autism...

Changes in ADNP gene may be among the most common causes of autism

2 September 2014 | 7:00 am

A new study from Bradley Hospital has identified a genetic change in a recently identified autism-associated gene, which may provide further insight into the causes of autism.