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Algorithm predicts whether high-risk babies will develop autism

16 February 2017 | 8:00 am

Predicting whether someone will go on to develop autism is currently impossible. A new algorithm that measures brain development may change this.

Autism more common in people whose brains are anatomically more male-like

8 February 2017 | 4:00 pm

Autism is more common in males. Now, a new study finds it also linked to having a brain with certain anatomical features that are more common in males.

Adults with autism see interests as strengths, career paths

3 February 2017 | 8:00 am

Adults on the autism spectrum see their interests as possible fields of study and career paths, as well as ways to mitigate anxiety, finds a study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education...

Autism may begin early in brain development

2 February 2017 | 8:00 am

Autism is not a single condition, but a spectrum of disorders that affect the brain's ability to perceive and process information.

Study finds children exposed to complications at birth at risk of autism

2 February 2017 | 8:00 am

Children who were exposed to complications shortly before or during birth, including birth asphyxia and preeclampsia, were more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder, according to a Kaiser...

Study shows early brain changes in fragile X syndrome

1 February 2017 | 8:00 am

A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is giving researchers a first look at the early stages of brain development in patients with Fragile X syndrome, a disorder...

Could a tuberculosis drug help treat autism?

27 January 2017 | 5:00 pm

Researchers suggest that an antibiotic prescribed for the treatment of tuberculosis might help to reduce the social deficits seen in people with autism.

New clinical trial shows 'promising results' for ASD treatment

23 January 2017 | 4:00 pm

Researchers from Arizona State University are developing autism treatments by improving the gut microbiota through fecal microbial transplants.

Brain alterations in preterm babies may begin weeks before birth

10 January 2017 | 4:00 pm

Brain changes in preterm infants that can put them at increased risk of developmental disorders may begin in the womb, new research finds.

Genes affecting our communication skills relate to genes for psychiatric disorder

5 January 2017 | 8:00 am

The researchers studied the genetic overlap between the risk of having these psychiatric disorders and measures of social communicative competence - the ability to socially engage with other people...

Double effort against Rett's syndrome

20 December 2016 | 10:00 am

The trick against haploinsufficiencies: getting the "single" gene to work for two.

Could absence of one protein explain 1 in 3 cases of autism?

16 December 2016 | 8:00 am

People with autism have low levels of the protein nSR100. Now, by reducing this this protein in mice, scientists have triggered behaviors linked to autism.

Paternal aging and its possible link to neurodevelopmental disorders

8 December 2016 | 2:00 pm

Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are on the rise, but its underlying mechanisms are poorly understood.

Study: Autism brain response theory a dead end

8 December 2016 | 8:00 am

A new study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex challenges the hypothesis that nerve cells in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders do not reliably and consistently respond...

Autism-linked protein crucial for feeling pain

5 December 2016 | 8:00 am

Well-known autism and pain proteins are likely co-conspirators.Sensory problems are common to autism spectrum disorders.

New form of autism found

5 December 2016 | 8:00 am

Autism spectrum disorders affect around one percent of the world's population and are characterized by a range of difficulties in social interaction and communication.

Maternal flu not linked to autism in offspring, study finds

28 November 2016 | 5:00 pm

Some studies have indicated that influenza during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism in children, but a new study shows this may not be the case.

Water beads a serious risk to children

28 November 2016 | 8:00 am

Parents are being warned of the risks posed to children by water beads, which have been increasingly marketed as toys and learning aids for autistic children.

Vitamin D supplements may benefit children with autism spectrum disorder

23 November 2016 | 8:00 am

Vitamin D supplementation improved symptoms of autism in a recent trial.Studies have shown an association between the risk of autism spectrum disorder and vitamin D insufficiency.

Toddlers with autism don't avoid eye contact, but do miss its significance

21 November 2016 | 2:00 pm

A new study conducted by researchers at Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University School of Medicine helps put to rest a longstanding controversy and question...

Shared epigenetic changes underlie different types of autism

21 November 2016 | 8:00 am

Individuals with both rare and common types of autism spectrum disorder share a similar set of epigenetic modifications in the brain, according to a study published in Cell.

Autism and human evolutionary success

17 November 2016 | 2:00 pm

A subtle change occurred in our evolutionary history 100,000 years ago which allowed people who thought and behaved differently - such as individuals with autism - to be integrated into society...

Allergies during pregnancy linked with autism, ADHD

17 November 2016 | 8:00 am

Evidence of connections between neurodevelopmental disease and the immune system is steadily growing. Breaking research adds more flesh to the bone.

Scripps Florida scientists discover clues to altered brain wiring in autism

16 November 2016 | 2:00 pm

Autism is an agonizing puzzle, a complex mixture of genetic and environmental factors.

Fun, comfort with exercise helps young people with conditions like autism and ADHD remain active

15 November 2016 | 8:00 am

The best way to help young people with neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder get more exercise is to make it fun, according to a small international...