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October 6, 2015

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October 6, 2015

Rise in Disability Benefits for Children With Mental Disorders Consistent With Population Trends

Sep. 9, 2015 — The percentage of poor children who received federal disability benefits for at least one of 10 major mental disorders increased from 1.88 percent in 2004 to 2.09 percent in 2013, and such growth is ... read more

Girls, Boys With Autism Differ in Behavior, Brain Structure

Sep. 3, 2015 — A study of about 800 children with autism found gender differences in a core feature of the disorder, as well as in the youngsters' brain structures. Girls with autism display less repetitive ... read more

Antipsychotics Inappropriately Prescribed to People With Intellectual Disabilities

Sep. 1, 2015 — Large numbers of people with intellectual disabilities in the UK are being inappropriately prescribed antipsychotic drugs, finds a new study. Intellectual disability is a lifelong condition that ... read more

Newer Genetic Testing Methods May Provide Benefit for Children With Suspected Autism

Sep. 1, 2015 — The use of two newer genetic testing technologies (chromosomal microarray analysis and whole-exome sequencing) among children with autism spectrum disorder may help identify genetic mutations ... read more

Aug. 27, 2015 — Researchers have tested a new device for delivering hormone treatments for mental illness through the nose. This method was found to deliver medicine to the brain with few side ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — Using computer vision, signal processing and privacy protection, a doctoral student, along with electrical and computer engineering professors, have developed "MEBook," a combination of a ... read more

New Insights in Pathological Mechanism That Causes Dysfunctional Synapses

Aug. 19, 2015 — Genetic analysis of human patients has shown that mutations in genes involved in synaptic communication can drive neuropsychiatric and neurological diseases such as autism spectrum disorder and ... read more

Concern Over Claims About How Technology Affects Young Brains

Aug. 12, 2015 — Claims that intense use of the internet and computer games can harm the adolescent brain are not backed by current scientific evidence, warn experts in a new ... read more

Aug. 11, 2015 — Mice lacking a set of receptors in one type of neuron in the brain developed compulsive, anti-social behaviors, scientists have found. The importance of the receptor, called mGluR5, in other areas of ... read more

How a Single Genetic Mutation Causes Autism

Aug. 6, 2015 — Researchers have identified more than 1,000 gene mutations in individuals with autism, but how these mutations increased risk for autism was unclear. Now, a team is the first to show how one of these ... read more

Psychologists Develop First Adult Self-Assessment for Repetitive Behaviours in Autism

Aug. 5, 2015 — The first self-assessment test designed to help clinicians diagnose autism in adults has been developed by a team of psychologists. These behaviors include common habits and routines, such as lining ... read more

Aug. 4, 2015 — A new gene that plays a crucial role during early development in humans and whose under-expression may induce certain autistic traits has been uncovered by scientists. Understanding the mechanisms ... read more

Aug. 3, 2015 — Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of physical disability in children. It has historically been considered to be caused by factors such as birth asphyxia, stroke and infections in the developing ... read more

July 31, 2015 — A social skills program for high-functioning young adults with autism spectrum disorder significantly improved the participants' ability to engage with their peers, a new study has ... read more

Autism Costs Estimated to Reach Nearly $500 Billion, Potentially $1 Trillion, by 2025

July 28, 2015 — Health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people with autism spectrum disorder in the United States for the current calendar year and in 10 years if ... read more

Depression, Personality Disorders Drive Psych Patients to Euthanasia

July 27, 2015 — Depression and personality disorders are the most common diagnoses among Belgian psychiatric patients requesting help to die, on the grounds of unbearable suffering, finds new ... read more

Very Early Birth Linked to Introversion, Neuroticism, Risk Aversion in Adulthood

July 27, 2015 — Babies born very premature or severely underweight are at heightened risk of becoming introverted, neurotic, and risk averse as adults, indicates research. Very premature birth at less than 32 weeks ... read more

Experimental Drug Treatment for Rett Syndrome Suggests Disorder Is Reversible, Mouse Study Shows

July 27, 2015 — A strikingly new approach for treating Rett syndrome has been developed by scientists, a devastating autism spectrum disorder. In their report, the researchers demonstrate that treatment with ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Like Duke Ellington's 1931 jazz standard, the human brain improvises while its rhythm section keeps up a steady beat. But when it comes to taking on intellectually challenging tasks, groups of ... read more

Predicting Whether Children With DiGeorge Syndrome Will Develop Autism or Psychosis

July 27, 2015 — New findings are the first to suggest a potential way to predict whether children with DiGeorge syndrome will develop one of two mental impairments. The researchers report having isolated specific ... read more

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