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Old drug points to promising new direction for treatment of autism

26 May 2017 | 2:00 pm

A trial of 10 boys with autism shows dramatic but transient results with one treatment of a century-old drug, and supports cell danger idea of the disease.

Oxytocin administered to the nose increases emotion perception in autism

25 May 2017 | 1:00 pm

A recent study has demonstrated that intranasal oxytocin can influence how individuals with autism perceive emotion in others.

Metformin shows promise as a potential treatment for fragile X syndrome

15 May 2017 | 3:00 pm

New study shows that treatment with the common type 2 diabetes drug metformin improves social, behavioral, and neuron deficits in mouse model of fragile X.

If your grandmother smoked, you may be more likely to develop autism

27 April 2017 | 3:00 pm

A mother who smokes during her pregnancy may increase the risk of autism in her grandchildren. Published today, the results will, no doubt, spark debate.

Western University researchers identify mechanism that regulates acoustic habituation

20 April 2017 | 7:00 am

Most people will startle when they hear an unexpected loud sound. The second time they hear the noise, they'll startle significantly less; by the third time, they'll barely startle at all.

Imbalances in neural pathways may contribute to repetitive behaviors in autism

19 April 2017 | 7:00 am

Genetic studies have linked a number of risk genes to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Parent-mediated therapy may help babies at risk of developing autism

13 April 2017 | 7:00 am

The earliest autism intervention study in the world that uses video to provide feedback to parents of babies at family risk of autism, has indicated a reduction in the severity of emerging signs of...

Girls are better at masking autism than boys

5 April 2017 | 7:00 am

Girls with autism have relatively good social skills, which means that their autism is often not recognised. Autism manifests itself in girls differently from in boys.

Children with autism find understanding facial expressions difficult

3 April 2017 | 7:00 am

A team from Bristol's School of Experimental Psychology aimed to find out whether six basic facial expressions differing in intensity are challenging for young people with autism to recognise.

Swimming lessons may be life-saver for children with autism

22 March 2017 | 7:00 am

A new study looking at injury mortality in people with autism finds that accidental deaths are common and that swimming lessons could save lives.

New biochemical method accurately diagnoses autism in children

17 March 2017 | 7:00 am

New method uses biochemistry to accurately predict whether a child will develop autism spectrum disorder by measuring the products of metabolic processes.

The genes and neural circuits behind autism's impaired sociability

17 March 2017 | 7:00 am

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have gained new insight into the genetic and neuronal circuit mechanisms that may contribute to impaired sociability in some forms of...

Researchers find promising lead that reduces autism symptoms and more

10 March 2017 | 1:00 pm

Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of autism. Even though the single gene that's responsible for it was discovered in 1991, and the disease is detected by a simple blood test, there's no...

World's largest autism genome database shines new light on many 'autisms'

8 March 2017 | 7:00 am

The newest study from the Autism Speaks MSSNG project - the world's largest autism genome sequencing program - identified an additional 18 gene variations that appear to increase the risk of autism.

Cerebrospinal fluid: Potential biomarker for autism found

7 March 2017 | 7:00 am

Although autism appears to be on the rise, there are still no reliable biomarkers. A new study looking at links with cerebrospinal fluid may change this.

Study finds new mechanism to control information flow in the brain

6 March 2017 | 7:00 am

Specialized nerve cells, known as somatostatin-expressing (Sst) interneurons, in the outer part of the mammalian brain (or cerebral cortex) - play a key role in controlling how information flows in...

Autism risk genes linked to evolving brain

1 March 2017 | 7:00 am

Genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may have been positively selected during human evolution because they also contribute to enhanced cognition, a new Yale study suggests.

Genital herpes in pregnancy may raise autism risk for offspring

22 February 2017 | 5:00 pm

Researchers suggest that mothers with a greater immune response to herpes simplex virus 2 in pregnancy may be more likely to have children with autism.

Algorithm predicts whether high-risk babies will develop autism

16 February 2017 | 7:00 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 | 3:00 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 | 7:00 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...

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

2 February 2017 | 7:00 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...

Autism may begin early in brain development

2 February 2017 | 7:00 am

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

Study shows early brain changes in fragile X syndrome

1 February 2017 | 7:00 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 | 4:00 pm

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