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Labor induction or augmentation 'does not cause autism,' say obstetricians

22 April 2014 | 3:00 pm

A new statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says there is insufficient evidence to suggest that labor induction or augmentation causes autism.

Prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors associated with autism and developmental delays in boys

18 April 2014 | 7:00 am

In a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs, researchers from the Bloomberg School of Public health found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a frequently...

Screening infants to identify autism much earlier

17 April 2014 | 8:00 am

The aim of this study was to develop a screening tool to identify infants prior to 12 months at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental learning delay (DLD) and provide immediate...

Atypical brain connectivity associated with autism spectrum disorder

16 April 2014 | 8:00 pm

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in adolescents appears to be associated with atypical connectivity in the brain involving the systems that help people infer what others are thinking and understand...

Families of children with autism benefit from dog ownership

16 April 2014 | 8:00 am

Many families face the decision of whether to get a dog. For families of children with autism, the decision can be even more challenging.

Male autism risk linked to SSRI use in pregnancy

15 April 2014 | 3:00 pm

Male babies of mothers who took certain antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to develop autism and developmental delays, a new study suggests.

Newly discovered splice forms of autism genes

15 April 2014 | 7:00 am

A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has uncovered a new aspect...

Earliest roots of psychiatric disorders are likely exposure to environmental stressors during pregnancy

14 April 2014 | 8:00 am

Newborns whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy to any one of a variety of environmental stressors - such as trauma, illness, and alcohol or drug abuse - become susceptible to various...

During prenatal brain development lipid levels impact autism

11 April 2014 | 7:00 am

In a groundbreaking York University study, researchers have found that abnormal levels of lipid molecules in the brain can affect the interaction between two key neural pathways in early prenatal...

Parental obesity and autism risk in the child

8 April 2014 | 9:00 am

Several studies have looked at possible links between maternal obesity during pregnancy and the risk of developmental disorders in the child.

Researchers teach a computer to recognize 21 different human emotions

7 April 2014 | 3:00 pm

By combining different emotions, such as 'happy' and 'disgusted,' researchers have expanded the palette of human facial expressions recognizable by a computer from six to 21.

Exceptional insight into diseases like autism offered by the BrainSpan Atlas

4 April 2014 | 8:00 am

Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have generated a high-resolution blueprint for how to build a human brain, with a detailed map of where different genes are turned on and off...

Autism: not just a childhood disorder

2 April 2014 | 4:00 pm

Even though autism is a lifelong condition, it continues to be seen as a childhood disorder. In line with World Autism Awareness Day, we look at how the condition affects adults.

Tracking the origins of emotions in the brain: computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions - even 'happily disgusted'

2 April 2014 | 8:00 am

Researchers at The Ohio State University have found a way for computers to recognize 21 distinct facial expressions - even expressions for complex or seemingly contradictory emotions such as "happily...

LA BioMed launches study of MDMA-assisted therapy for social anxiety in autistic adults

31 March 2014 | 9:00 am

Seeking new therapies for the treatment of social anxiety in autistic adults, researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) has announced that they are initiating a novel...

'Autism rates soar 30% in 2 years,' CDC say

28 March 2014 | 4:00 pm

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 68 children now has autism spectrum disorder - a 30% increase since 2012.

A look inside brain cells offers new clue to autism

28 March 2014 | 7:00 am

The problems people with autism have with memory formation, higher-level thinking and social interactions may be partially attributable to the activity of receptors inside brain cells, researchers at...

Autism begins in the womb, according to a new study

27 March 2014 | 3:00 pm

Two new studies on the origins of autism debate the influence of environmental pollutants and brain defects occurring in the womb.

Evidence supports it, so why are parents still reluctant to vaccinate their children?

26 March 2014 | 4:00 pm

Controversy over adverse effects of vaccines has reignited across the media recently. New studies also investigate the influence this information has on the decision to vaccinate.

Association discovered between severity of autism symptoms and gene family linked to brain evolution

25 March 2014 | 7:00 am

The same gene family that may have helped the human brain become larger and more complex than in any other animal is also linked to the severity of autism, according to new research from the...

Strategies for teaching common core to teens with autism show promise

24 March 2014 | 9:00 am

Scientists at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) report that high school students with autism can learn under Common Core State Standards (CCSS), boosting their prospects for...

Language development aided by social feedback loop

23 March 2014 | 7:00 am

Verbal interactions between parents and children create a social feedback loop important for language development, according to research forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the...

Promising strategies for teaching common core state standards to teens with autism

21 March 2014 | 8:00 am

Scientists at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) report that high school students with autism can learn under Common Core State Standards (CCSS), boosting their prospects for...

Rebalancing the autistic brain with low doses of antianxiety drugs

21 March 2014 | 7:00 am

New research in mice suggests that autism is characterized by reduced activity of inhibitory neurons and increased activity of excitatory neurons in the brain, but balance can be restored with low...

Could understanding how the brain processes music help treat illness?

20 March 2014 | 3:00 pm

How does our brain process music? Scientists are trying to find out, but what benefits might this knowledge bring to future treatments and research?