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May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015

New Insights Into the Male Bias of Autism

May 13, 2015 — Male toddlers with autism have significant structural differences in their brains compared to females with the condition, according to research. The new work is looking at the links between ... read more

Family Genetics Study Reveals New Clues to Autism Risk

May 12, 2015 — A study of almost 2,400 children with autism, their parents and unaffected siblings has provided new insights into the genetics of the condition. Researchers found that certain inherited mutations ... read more

Cause of Regression in Individuals With Down Syndrome Identified

May 12, 2015 — Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal disorder in America, can be complicated by significant deterioration in movement, speech and functioning in some adolescents and young adults. Physicians ... read more

New Research Implicates Immune System in Rett Syndrome

May 11, 2015 — The immune system plays an unsuspected and surprising role in the progression of Rett syndrome, a severe neurological disorder affecting children, new research suggests. Rett syndrome is a ... read more

For Children With Autism, Trips to the Dentist Just Got Easier

May 11, 2015 — Adjusting the environment of a dentist's office can make routine cleanings less stressful for children with autism, research shows. Children with autism spectrum disorders -- as well as some ... read more

Possible Role of Gut Bacteria in Autism

May 7, 2015 — Autism:  for a condition that continues to confound researchers and physicians alike, a doctor believes that research into the role of the microbiome could hold a key to new treatments and ... read more

Age at Autism Diagnosis Differs Between Boys, Girls

Apr. 28, 2015 — Girls are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder later than boys, possibly because females exhibit less severe symptoms, according to a new ... read more

Some Children Lose Autism Diagnosis but Still Struggle

Apr. 26, 2015 — About one in 14 toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder no longer met the diagnostic criteria in elementary school, but most continued to have emotional/behavior symptoms and required ... read more

Discovery May Open Door for Treating Fragile X Carriers

Apr. 24, 2015 — Fragile X syndrome, an inherited cause of autism and intellectual disability, can have consequences even for carriers of the disorder who don't have full-blown ... read more

Apr. 24, 2015 — Researchers have identified the role that a key protein associated with autism and the co-occurrence of alcohol dependency and depression plays in forming the spines that create new connections in ... read more

Can a Parent's Concerns Predict Autism?

Apr. 23, 2015 — New research shows that many parents notice signs of autism spectrum disorder in their infant children far before an official diagnosis. The study concludes that parental concerns for their children ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Researchers have uncovered the first evidence of a genetic link between prodigy and autism. The scientists found that child prodigies in their sample share some of the same genetic variations with ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — Scientists have delved into critical questions about life outcomes beyond clinical interventions for young people with autism spectrum disorder. New results show a wide range of experiences and ... read more

Surprising Contributor to Rett Syndrome Identified

Apr. 21, 2015 — The immune system is designed to protect us from disease. But what if it was malfunctioning? Would it make a disease worse? That appears to be the case with Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental ... read more

Parent Training Can Reduce Serious Behavioral Problems in Young Children With Autism

Apr. 21, 2015 — A multi-site study finds young children with autism spectrum disorder and serious behavioral problems respond positively to a 24-week structured parent training. The benefits of parent training ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — In a study that included approximately 95,000 children with older siblings, receipt of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine was not associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders ... read more

Autism-Epilepsy Connection Explored in Four Studies

Apr. 20, 2015 — Epilepsy affects nearly 30 percent of all people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a neurobehavioral condition marked by impaired social and language development. Conversely, many patients with ... read more

Is There Such a Thing as 'Pure' Autism? Genetic Analysis Says No

Apr. 20, 2015 — The search for genes that contribute to the risk for autism has made tremendous strides over the past 3 years. As this field has advanced, investigators have wondered whether the diversity of ... read more

Father (and Mother) Knows Best: Healthcare Providers' Responses to Parental Concerns Can Delay Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Apr. 15, 2015 — Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can develop symptoms before 2 years of age and usually can be diagnosed by 3 years of age; early identification of ASD is associated with improved ... read more

Violent Video Games Not Linked to Aggression in Adults With Autism

Apr. 14, 2015 — Following the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, some in the media and the public speculated a link existed between autism spectrum disorder and violence and, in particular, that violent video ... read more

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