Children with Autism Have Extra Synapses in Brain

Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain "pruning" process during development, according to a study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center ...

Aug 23

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child Development

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Overhaul of our understanding of why autism potentially occurs

An analysis of autism research covering genetics, brain imaging, and cognition led by Laurent Mottron of the University of Montreal has overhauled our understanding of why autism potentially occurs, develops and results in a diversity of symptoms.

Aug 18

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Patients with autism spectrum disorder are not sensitive to 'being ...

A Japanese research group led by Prof Norihiro Sadato, a professor of the National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS), National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), has found that people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have decreased ...

Aug 6

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Insular cortex alterations in mouse models of autism

Scientists unravel a neural circuit that could play an important role in autism

Aug 4

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Kids with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders Show Brain Wiring ...

Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that children with sensory processing disorders have decreased structural brain connections in specific sensory regions different than those in autism, further establishing SPD as a clinically important ...

Aug 2

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child ...

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Autistic traits seen in parents of kids with autism

Studying children with autism and their parents, researchers have found that when a child has autism, his or her parents are more likely to have autistic traits than parents who don't have a child with an autism spectrum disorder, as measured by a ...

Jul 21

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Large Study of Stem Cells for Autism Draws Criticism

A team at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, is set to launch a $40 million clinical trial to explore stem cells from umbilical cord blood as a treatment for autism. But experts caution that the trial is premature.

Jul 16

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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New Evidence Links Air Pollution to Autism, Schizophrenia

New research from the University of Rochester Medical Center describes how exposure to air pollution early in life produces harmful ...

Jun 9

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Mental Health in Asia, Schizophrenia

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Screening for Autism: There's an App for That

Most schools across the United States provide simple vision tests to their students - not to prescribe glasses, but to identify ...

May 28

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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1 in 68 Children Now Has a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Why?

Rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not creeping up so much as leaping up. New numbers just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that one in 68 children now has a diagnosis of ASD - a 30 percent increase in just ...

Apr 21

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child ...

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Autism rates in US soar 30% in 2 years

The number of US children with autism spectrum disorder has soared approximately 30% in the past 2 years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Apr 2

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Autism starts developing during Pregnancy

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Allen Institute for Brain Science have published a ...

Mar 27

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Females Are Genetically Protected from Autism

It takes more mutations to trigger autism in women than in men, which may explain why men are four times more likely to have the disorder, according to a study published 26 February in the American Journal of Human Genetics. The study found that ...

Mar 11

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

In 1998, there was a groundbreaking study telling parents that their children were at risk of getting autism from vaccines. Parents everywhere collectively gasped. After all, they had been told for years vaccines were the best way to prevent any ...

Feb 26

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Growing number of chemicals linked with brain disorders in children

Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children - such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia - according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) ...

Feb 18

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism spectrum ...

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