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Autism News
January 29, 2020

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Using a targeted gene epigenome editing approach in the developing mouse brain, researchers reversed one gene mutation that leads to the genetic disorder WAGR syndrome, which ... read more

No Evidence That Testosterone Reduces Cognitive Empathy

In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that testosterone administration did not affect cognitive empathy, a measure of the ability to recognize another's feelings and motivations. The ... read more

Stable Home Lives Improve Prospects for Preemies

Researchers have found that as premature babies grow, their mental health may be related less to the medical challenges they face after birth than to the environment the babies enter once they leave ... read more

Is It Autism? The Line Is Getting Increasingly Blurry

If the current trend in diagnostic practices holds, the definition of autism may get too blurry to be meaningful, a research team ... read more
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One-Fourth of Children With Autism Are Undiagnosed

One-fourth of children under age 8 with autism spectrum disorder -- most of them black or Hispanic -- are not being diagnosed, which is critical for improving quality of ... read more

Addressing the Emotional Toll of Pediatric Chronic Conditions

Report calls upon pediatricians to increase efforts to support emotional health of parents of children with chronic ... read more

Catatonia in Down Syndrome

Down syndrome, due to an extra chromosome 21, occurs in 250,000 children and adults in the United States, making it the country's most common chromosomal disorder. Inherited heart defects, ... read more

Early Exposure to Sounds Can Address Hypersensitivity to Noise Associated With Fragile X Syndrome

A research team has found exposure to sound -- not sound reduction -- during early development of mice engineered to have Fragile X Syndrome, or FXS, restores molecular, cellular, and functional ... read more

Daylight Saving Time Has Long-Term Effects on Health

The annual transition to and from daylight saving time (DST) has clinical implications that last longer than the days where clocks 'fall back' or 'spring ... read more

Zebrafish Study Reveals Developmental Mechanisms of Eye Movement

Zebrafish research is a promising way to understand the neural and genetic causes of eye movement problems in people, according to multi-university ... read more

How Are Psychiatric Disorders Linked to Infections During Pregnancy?

Severe infections during pregnancy have been connected to a range of psychiatric disorders by different studies in humans and animals. Now, researchers have shown in mice how the infections affect ... read more

The Spectrum of Arrogance

A team of psychology researchers is providing one of the first comprehensive literature reviews on arrogance, as well as a way to classify the condition on different levels across a spectrum, ... read more

Sweat Monitors Predict Behavioral Issues in Teens Severely Affected With Autism

When people become stressed, their bodies can respond by sweating. Now, researchers are monitoring how much adolescents severely affected by autism sweat in order to better understand when behavioral ... read more

Severe Morning Sickness Associated With Higher Risk of Autism

Children whose mothers had hyperemesis gravidarum -- a severe form of a morning sickness -- during pregnancy were 53% more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to new ... read more

Exploring the Brain in a New Way: Researcher Records Neurons to Understand Cognition

Whether we're searching for Waldo or our keys in a room of clutter, we tap into a part of the frontal region of the brain when performing visual, goal-related tasks. Some of us do it well, ... read more

Full-Body Interaction Video Games Enhance Social Skills in Children With Autism Disorders

Communicating with others is one of the biggest difficulties for autistic children. Asking for help, initiating social interaction and sharing their emotions become skills that require learning ... read more

First Large-Scale Study of Universal Screening for Autism Raises Questions About Accuracy

In the first large, real-world study of universal screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in toddlers, researchers have found that the most widely used and researched screening tool is less ... read more

Technique Can Image Individual Proteins Within Synapses

Researchers have devised a new way to rapidly image synaptic proteins at high resolution. Using fluorescent nucleic acid probes, they can label and image as many as 12 different proteins in neuronal ... read more

Abnormal Expression of Genes in Psychopathy

The expression of many genes that have previously been associated with autism is abnormal also in violent psychopathy, a new study shows. The researchers used stem cell technology to analyse the ... read more

Autism Rates Increasing Fastest Among Black, Hispanic Youth

Autism rates among black and HIspanic children are catching up to and, in many states, exceeding rates among white youth, who have historically had higher prevalence, a new study ... read more

Gene Linked to Autism Undergoes Changes in Men's Sperm After Pot Use

A specific gene associated with autism appears to undergo changes in the sperm of men who use marijuana, according to new research. The gene change occurs through a process called DNA methylation, ... read more

New Study Shows How Autism Can Be Measured Through a Non-Verbal Marker

Researchers have identified a non-verbal, neural marker of autism. This marker shows that individuals with autism are slower to dampen neural activity in response to visual signals in the brain. This ... read more

One Therapy Bests Others at Motivating Kids With Autism to Speak, Study Finds

Pivotal response treatment involving parents works better than other existing therapies at motivating children with autism and significant speech delays to talk, according to the results of a large ... read more

Finding a Cause of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Neurodevelopmental disorders arising from rare genetic mutations can cause atypical cognitive function, intellectual disability, and developmental delays, yet it is unclear why and how this happens. ... read more

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