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How inflammation and gut bacteria influence autism

21 April 2018 | 7:00 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 | 10:00 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 | 2:00 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 | 7:00 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 | 3:00 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 | 9:00 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 | 7:00 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 | 7:00 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 | 3:00 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 | 7:00 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 | 5:00 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 | 7:00 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 | 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.

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

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...