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Autism: What is the link with zinc?

12 November 2018 | 4:00 pm

Past research noted a connection between zinc and autism, but a new study takes a deeper look and helps to further uncover the link.

Could poor protein trafficking be a factor in autism?

25 September 2018 | 4:00 pm

Insufficiency in protein escorter ASTN2 causes receptors to accumulate on cell surfaces, disrupting communication between neurons, a new mouse study shows.

Autism prognosis: Parental genes 'incredibly useful'

11 September 2018 | 5:00 pm

While a main variant primes a person to develop a complex disorder such as autism, their 'genetic background' sets the 'clinical features,' a study finds.

Pesticide may increase autism risk

16 August 2018 | 4:00 pm

Levels of DDT, a once-common pesticide, in maternal blood have been linked with an increased risk of autism in the offspring in a new study.

Reversing autism with a cancer drug

27 June 2018 | 11:00 am

Scientists may have found a new treatment for a genetic form of autism; experiments in mice successfully reverse the condition using cancer trial drugs.

Autism blood test: One step closer

25 June 2018 | 11:00 am

A novel blood test achieves 88 percent accuracy in diagnosing autism spectrum disorder. This advance could help to identify the condition earlier.

Can these hormones provide the key to autism, schizophrenia?

30 May 2018 | 4:00 pm

The hormones oxytocin and vasopressin have been linked to pair-bonding, but can they help to improve impaired social behavior? A new study investigates.

What effect does ADHD have on sexuality?

19 May 2018 | 8:00 am

ADHD is a behavioral disorder that causes some people to become frustrated or hyperactive at inappropriate times. It is often lifelong and is usually managed by medications. It can often impact many areas of a person’s life, including their sexuality and relationships. Learn more about ADHD’s effects on sexuality here.

Pupillary reflex may predict autism

8 May 2018 | 8:00 am

A new study examines the pupillary light reflex in infants and concludes that the amount of light the pupil lets in may be an accurate autism predictor.

Latest CDC autism figures show 15 percent rise

28 April 2018 | 8:00 am

After conducting the largest study of its kind, the CDC may revise their estimates for autism prevalence. Is autism on the rise, or is diagnosis improving?

How inflammation and gut bacteria influence autism

21 April 2018 | 8:00 am

A recent study looks at the links between the immune system, gut bacteria, and autism spectrum disorders. It uncovers some interesting interactions.

What are the early signs of ADHD?

16 April 2018 | 11:00 am

Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder present in many different ways. However, there are also many traits shared by people with ADHD. These can include irritability, lack of concentration, and fidgeting. This article helps you spot the signs so that people can be directed to the appropriate treatment.

Autism: Anti-cancer drug may improve social behavior

13 March 2018 | 3:00 pm

Romidepsin, a compound that is already approved for treating cancer, reversed social deficits in a mouse model of autism by restoring gene expression.

How much of our empathy is down to genes?

12 March 2018 | 8:00 am

A new study investigates the genetic underpinnings of empathy and finds evidence that this emotional ability may, at least partly, be down to genes.

New blood test predicts autism with 92 percent accuracy

19 February 2018 | 4:00 pm

Scientists have designed a test they believe is the first of its kind. Using blood and urine samples, the test correctly identified autism in children.

Children with autism may benefit from being bilingual

23 January 2018 | 10:00 am

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers find that children with autism spectrum disorders who are bilingual have improved cognitive flexibility.

Supplements during pregnancy may reduce autism risk

5 January 2018 | 8:00 am

The latest study to investigate the relationship between vitamin supplements during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders finds a significant link.

Experimental drugs rewire brain connections in autism

2 November 2017 | 8:00 am

Researchers reveal a different role played by missing gene in autism and uncover potential new treatments to reverse its effect on neural communication.

The 10 best autism blogs

19 October 2017 | 4:00 pm

Autism affects everyone differently depending on its severity. We have found the best autism blogs that support individuals, families, and carers.

What is stimming?

17 October 2017 | 8:00 am

Stimming is a common symptom of autism. Learn more about it here, including the different types of behavior that can occur, and what can be done to help.

Could multivitamin use in pregnancy protect children from autism?

5 October 2017 | 6:00 pm

A new study published in The BMJ suggests that children born to mothers who use multivitamins during pregnancy may be at lower risk of autism.

How does oxytocin control the brain's social reward circuit?

1 October 2017 | 8:00 am

New research sheds light on the mechanisms behind the brain's social reward circuitry. Results point to oxytocin as the "gatekeeper" to prosocial behavior.

Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides

13 September 2017 | 8:00 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.

Why do I feel so flat, and what can I do about it?

11 September 2017 | 11:00 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 | 8:00 am

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