A noninvasive hearing test may assist with early detection and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, according to research published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The authors note a strong connection between auditory dysfunction and autism, suggesting that hearing issues identified at birth can be a clue to monitor the child for autism. […]Continue Reading ...
Scientists uncover underlying genetic mechanism that leads to motor issues in autism spectrum disorders Researchers from Cardiff University have established a link between a genetic mutation and developmental movement impairments in autism. The study, which found that the mutation of the CYFIP1 gene leads to changes in the development of brain cells, leading to the […]Continue Reading ...
A novel investigation into the impacts of neuronal mutations on autism-related characteristics in humans has been described in the open-access journal eLife. Autism spectrum disorder, and autism patients’ responses to treatments, is increasingly studied using neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) – immature cells that can give rise to an unlimited source of […]Continue Reading ...
A team of UCLA-led scientists has discovered important clues to what goes wrong in the brains of people with autism — a developmental disorder with no cure and for which scientists have no deep understanding of what causes it. The new insights involve RNA editing — in which genetic material is normal, but modifications in […]Continue Reading ...
Daniel Geschwind is a Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Credit: UCLA Health/Reed Hutchinson Since the completion of the groundbreaking Human Genome Project in 2003, researchers have discovered changes to hundreds of places in the DNA, called genetic variants, associated with psychiatric diseases […]Continue Reading ...
I’ve written here before about long non-coding RNAs, or lncRNAs. These molecules are created from DNA but, unlike messenger RNA, they don’t contain the coding instructions for any proteins. Instead, they perform critical regulatory functions within the cell — many of which are as yet undetermined. Now researchers, including dermatologist and genome scientist Howard Chang, MD, […]Continue Reading ...
Early intervention can help children with autism to develop their communication skills. Credit: www.shutterstock.com, CC BY-ND Research suggests children can be reliably diagnosed with autism before the age of two. It also shows that many of the behavioural symptoms of autism are present before the age of one. These behaviours include decreased interest in social […]Continue Reading ...
Clinicians may be prescribing psychotropic drugs ‘off-label’ to manage behaviour issues like aggression. Credit: Shutterstock Adults on the autism spectrum are being prescribed mental health drugs in instances where there is limited supporting evidence to do so. This was one of the findings of a UNSW-led study that looked at the use of psychotropic medication […]Continue Reading ...
Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have implicated a largely hidden part of the human genome in the severity of autism symptoms, a discovery that could lead to new insights into the disorder and eventually to clinical therapies for the condition. The researchers found the critical genes are part of the human […]Continue Reading ...
Joshua G. Corbin, Ph.D., interim director of the Center for Neuroscience Research at Children’s National Health System and the study’s co-senior author. Credit: Children’s National Health System A mutation of the gene PAC1R may be linked to the severity of social deficits experienced by kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), finds a study from a […]Continue Reading ...
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Suppose you are helping your friend search for their missing phone and while they are looking around another room, you find it behind some cushions. When they return, you seize the opportunity to play a prank on them and pretend the phone is still missing. You are able to envision this prank because you know […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Research investigating how the brain responds to visual patterns in people with autism has shown that sensory responses change between childhood and adulthood. The differences observed between adult and young people mimicked those seen in a strain of fruit flies that had a genetic change associated with autism and other developmental […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Short home videos can be used to diagnose autism in children, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The research, which will be published online Nov. 27 in PLOS Medicine, expands on a 2014 feasibility study on the topic by the same researchers. In the new […]Continue Reading ...
New research shows that a simple non-invasive hearing test early in life could predict the diagnosis of autism. The results of this study, titled ‘Structural and Functional Aberrations of the Auditory Brainstem in Autism Spectrum Disorder’, is published in the latest issue of the The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA). Autism could be […]Continue Reading ...
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