Credit: CC0 Public Domain A study headed by researchers from the Danish project iPSYCH and the Broad Institute in the U.S., has found the first common genetic risk variants for autism and uncovered genetic differences in clinical subgroups of autism. The discovery means that we will in future be able to determine the genes that […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers In a new pilot study, autistic adults showed real-life, functional improvement after a combination treatment approach that included graded exposure to fear and anxiety-producing experiences in a virtual reality environment. The design and preliminary results of this novel approach are published in Autism in Adulthood. In the article entitled […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers at Rutgers University have revealed that pre-schoolers in New Jersey have the highest rates of autism ever recorded in the US. They report rates of autism have increased faster in children living in New Jersey than in other states. The study, which was conducted in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Recess, for most children, is synonymous with freedom. A break from class that has nothing to do with learning and everything to do with play. For children with autism, the playground can be an isolating experience. The spontaneous soccer games, roving packs of friends and virtual buffet of activities can be […]Continue Reading ...
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Abnormal timing was found in the brains of people with autistic symptoms. Credit: RIKEN The neural ‘time windows’ in certain small brain areas contribute to the complex cognitive symptoms of autism, new research suggests. In a brain imaging study of adults, the severity of autistic symptoms was linked to how long these brain areas stored […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Geneticists discovered a molecular trigger for a severe autism-related disorder that has enabled them to start testing a potential therapy targeting a specific protein in the brain. A UT Southwestern study involving humans and mice details one of the few instances in which researchers have found a precise pathway that causes […]Continue Reading ...
The first large-scale study of autism in China has revealed that around one in a hundred people in the country has an autism spectrum condition – the same figure as found in the West. The research was carried out by an international team of researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK, and the China Disabled […]Continue Reading ...
More than a quarter of children with autism spectrum disorder are also diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders. For the first time, Yale researchers have identified a possible biological cause: a key mechanism that regulates emotion functions differently in the brains of the children who exhibit disruptive behavior. The study appears in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain For most children, the sound of their mother’s voice triggers brain activity patterns distinct from those triggered by an unfamiliar voice. But the unique brain response to mom’s voice is greatly diminished in children with autism, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The diminished response […]Continue Reading ...
Changing the microbial environment in the gut in autistic children could substantially reduce the severity of the symptoms they experience, according to new research. The study “Long-term Benefit of Microbiota Transfer Therapy in Autism Symptoms and Gut Microbiota”, was published on 9th April 2019 in the journal, Scientific Reports. Olesia Bilkei | Shutterstock Researchers Dae-Wook […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain 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 […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who developed a blood test to help diagnose autism spectrum disorder have now successfully applied their distinctive big data-based approach to evaluating possible treatments. The findings, recently published in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, have the potential to accelerate the development of successful medical interventions. One of […]Continue Reading ...
The zebrafish is a valuable model for human disease because, aside from having a similar genetic structure to humans, it develops rapidly and, until its second week of life, is almost completely transparent. Credit: University of Miami University of Miami researchers have discovered a clue in the humble zebrafish’s digestive tract that, one day, could […]Continue Reading ...
The research of UCLA professors Xinshu (Grace) Xiao, Dr. Daniel Geschwind and their team is the first comprehensive study of RNA editing in autism spectrum disorder. Credit: Reed Hutchinson/UCLA 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 […]Continue Reading ...
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