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December 8, 2019

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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

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
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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

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

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

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

High Levels of Estrogen in the Womb Linked to Autism

Scientist have identified a link between exposure to high levels of estrogen sex hormones in the womb and the likelihood of developing ... read more

Brain Region Linked to Altered Social Interactions in Autism Model

Neuroscientists have identified a brain region linked to altered social interactions in an autism model. Restoring activity of a specific forebrain region in a mouse model also reversed social traits ... read more

Scientists Find Clue to 'Maternal Instinct'

Oxytocin is referred to as the love hormone and is important in the regulation of social and maternal behavior. The oxytocin system in the brain may be key to new treatments for many mental health ... read more

Brains Work in Sync During Music Therapy

For the first time researchers have been able to demonstrate that the brains of a patient and therapist become synchronized during a music therapy session, a breakthrough that could improve future ... read more

Exploring Genetic 'Dark Matter,' Researchers Gain New Insights Into Autism and Stroke

For the brain to function smoothly, its cells must carefully regulate which proteins are produced and when. By studying gene regulation, researchers are now shedding light on complex brain conditions ... read more

Pupil Dilation and Heart Rate, Analyzed by AI, May Help Spot Autism Early

New research suggests that two simple, quantifiable measures -- spontaneous fluctuations in pupil dilation or heart rate -- could enable earlier diagnosis of Rett syndrome and possibly other ... read more

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