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Eye test could help diagnose autism

26 July 2017 | 7:00 am

A new study out in European Journal of Neuroscience could herald a new tool that helps physicians identify a sub-group of people with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Females with autism show greater difficulty with day-to-day tasks than male counterparts

18 July 2017 | 7:00 am

Largest study to date of executive function in females with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) reveals unique challenges in diagnosis and intervention.

Study: Diet not connected to GI problems in children with autism

17 July 2017 | 7:00 am

Stress - not nutrition - likely cause of increased GI issues.Many children with autism spectrum disorder experience significant gastrointestinal issues, but the cause of these symptoms is...

In autism, genes drive eye gaze abnormalities

14 July 2017 | 7:00 am

Twin study reveals strong genetic influences on how infants visually explore social world.

Autism: Which children respond to oxytocin treatment?

12 July 2017 | 7:00 am

Oxytocin treatment is thought to improve sociability in some children. A new clinical trial investigates which children are likely to respond best and why.

How an autism gene mutation alters brain development

30 June 2017 | 3:00 pm

Using mouse models, researchers have shed light on how mutations in the CHD8 gene affect brain development and cognitive functioning to trigger autism.

People with autism may be more rational in their economic choices

29 June 2017 | 7:00 am

Scientists compare the decision-making abilities of adults with autism spectrum disorder and adults without. The former may be less biased than the latter.

Researchers explore why those with autism avoid eye contact

20 June 2017 | 7:00 am

Imaging studies reveal overactivation of subcortical brain structures in response to direct gaze.

Fever in pregnancy tied to higher risk of autism

13 June 2017 | 2:00 pm

Study of more than 95,000 children found that autism risk rose by over 300 percent if mothers had had three or more fevers after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Study shows active video games could improve kids' development

5 June 2017 | 7:00 am

Video games might not be as bad for kids as we think, with new research showing interactive games like the Nintendo Wii can help non-typically developing children improve critical motor skills.

Exposure to heavy metals may increase risk of autism

2 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

New research finds higher concentrations of heavy metals in the baby teeth of children with autism spectrum disorder, compared with children without.

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.

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...

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.

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.