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Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides

13 September 2017 | 7:00 am

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children's pesticide-related autism risk.

Flat affect: Psychological symptoms and treatment

11 September 2017 | 10:00 am

Flat affect is characterized by a lack of reaction to emotional stimuli, and can include a monotone voice or lack of expression in the face. Learn more.

Altered mitochondria associated with increased autism risk

25 August 2017 | 7:00 am

Mitochondria, the tiny structures inside our cells that generate energy, may play a key role in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Gut bacteria influence the brain indirectly, study shows

22 August 2017 | 4:00 pm

A new study shows that some gut bacteria influence the brain through blood cortisol. This might have implications for ASD, but further studies are needed.

MRI reveals striking brain differences in people with genetic autism

10 August 2017 | 7:00 am

In the first major study of its kind, researchers using MRI have identified structural abnormalities in the brains of people with one of the most common genetic causes of autism, according to a new...

No wonder cure, but music therapy can still be helpful for children with autism

8 August 2017 | 3:00 pm

An international study finds the improvements from improvisational music therapy, on symptoms of autism, to be similar to those who do not receive music therapy.

Autism may reflect excitation-inhibition imbalance in brain, study finds

7 August 2017 | 7:00 am

A study by Stanford University investigators suggests that key features of autism reflect an imbalance in signaling from excitatory and inhibitory neurons in a portion of the forebrain, and that...

People with autism are less surprised by the unexpected

3 August 2017 | 7:00 am

Adults with autism may overestimate the volatility of the world around them, finds a new UCL study published in Nature Neuroscience.

Autism severity detected with brain activity test

28 July 2017 | 7:00 am

UCLA researchers have discovered that children with autism have a tell-tale difference on brain tests compared with other children.

Antidepressant use in pregnant women linked to small increase in autism

27 July 2017 | 7:00 am

A new study found that antidepressant medications taken during pregnancy may be linked to the development of autism in children - although the effect appears to be limited.

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.

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