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What are the symptoms of autism in a 3-year-old?

15 July 2019 | 9:00 pm

Parents and caregivers often notice the signs of autism, or autism spectrum disorder, when a child is still very young. Learn about the possible signs of autism in a 3-year-old here.

Researchers devise a more 'child-friendly' test for autism

11 July 2019 | 7:00 am

In a new study, researchers have come up with what they say is a less stressful method of diagnosing autism in children: tracking their gaze.

How a unique gene mutation may drive autism

4 July 2019 | 3:00 pm

Working with animal models and analyzing human genetic information, researchers discover how one gene may be key to the development of autism.

What is the difference between autism and ADHD?

1 July 2019 | 6:00 pm

A number of symptoms can be common to autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, these are separate conditions with key differences. It is also possible to have both autism and ADHD. Learn more here.

What to know about autism in girls

26 June 2019 | 10:00 pm

The symptoms of autism in girls are mostly the same as they are in boys, though autistic girls may exhibit certain behaviors less often than autistic boys. Because autism is more common among boys, doctors may be more likely to miss a diagnosis in girls. Learn more about symptoms and diagnosis here.

Could processed foods explain why autism is on the rise?

24 June 2019 | 3:00 pm

A first-of-its-kind study finds a molecular link between high levels of a food preservative compound and neuronal disruptions that may explain ASD.

What to know about Asperger's syndrome and ADHD

17 June 2019 | 8:00 pm

Autism spectrum disorder and ADHD are conditions that doctors link to brain development. Asperger's syndrome is no longer a separate diagnosis and typically refers to a mild form of autism. In this article, we look at the differences between autism spectrum disorder and ADHD.

What to know about executive function disorder

6 June 2019 | 7:00 pm

Executive function is a broad set of mental skills that are important for achieving goals and interacting with others. People with executive function disorder may find it difficult to organize themselves, focus their attention, and control their emotions and behavior. Learn more here.

Brain changes may explain why exercise relieves autism in mice

6 June 2019 | 4:00 pm

Voluntary exercise prompted the brain to prune surplus connections between nerve cells and reduced behavioral symptoms of ASD in a mouse model.

Autism and the gut microbiome: Further evidence strengthens link

31 May 2019 | 10:00 am

New research in rodents finds additional evidence that the microbiome may influence the likelihood of developing autistic behaviors.

Through my eyes: High functioning autism

24 May 2019 | 10:00 am

'You don’t seem autistic' is something that I hear a lot. My name is Jonathan Rowland, and this is my experience of living with autism.

Levels of autism: Everything you need to know

3 May 2019 | 5:00 pm

Doctors can diagnose three different levels of autism, which vary in their severity. Getting the correct diagnosis can help ensure that a person receives the right treatment and support. Learn more here.

What is the GAPS diet? A complete overview

26 April 2019 | 5:00 pm

The GAPS diet aims to ‘cure’ psychological conditions such as autism and dyslexia by changing a person’s diet. We look at the evidence, uses, and controversies around this dietary intervention.

Researchers look at the link between gut bacteria and autism

11 April 2019 | 3:00 pm

New research looks at the effects of poor bacterial diversity in the gut in autism, suggesting a new treatment for gastrointestinal problems.

MMR vaccine does not cause autism, even in those most at risk

7 March 2019 | 7:00 am

Studies have already shown that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism. A new study goes one step further and proves that at-risk children are safe, too.

What to know about autism

23 November 2018 | 7:00 am

Autism is a set of psychological behaviors often characterized by an emphasis on routine and repetition, fixed behavioral patterns, and impaired social interaction. There are many levels of severity in autism, which is why doctors view it as a spectrum rather than a fixed set of symptoms. Read on to learn more.

What does autism look like in the brain?

20 November 2018 | 10:00 am

A new study offers a fresh perspective on how autism works in the brain. Symptoms, the authors say, may be linked to persistent connections in the brain.

Autism: What is the link with zinc?

12 November 2018 | 3:00 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 | 3:00 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 | 4:00 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 | 3:00 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 | 10:00 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 | 10:00 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 | 3:00 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 | 7:00 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.