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May 28, 2017

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May 28, 2017

Tracking Devices May Improve Quality of Life for Parents of Children With Autism

May 4, 2017 — Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder face increased risk of injury when they wander away from adults who care for them. Even when parents take safety precautions such as installing window bars ... read more

How Shifts in Excitation-Inhibition Balance May Lead to Psychiatric Disorders

Apr. 27, 2017 — Seven reviews highlight advancements in understanding the balance of excitatory and inhibitory signaling in the brain, and what might happen when it goes ... read more

Apr. 25, 2017 — The amygdala has distinct neurons that judge the intensity and ambiguity of facial expressions, new research shows. Identifying the amygdala's role in social cognition suggests insights into the ... read more

Apr. 18, 2017 — A new study suggests that mothers' use of antidepressants during early pregnancy does not increase the risk of their children developing autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ... read more

Imbalances in Neural Pathways May Contribute to Repetitive Behaviors in Autism

Apr. 17, 2017 — Researchers have hypothesized that a mutation in the autism risk gene SHANK3 differentially affects synaptic development in two neural pathways that contribute to motor control. Their work suggests ... read more

Money a Barrier to Independence for Young Adults With Autism

Apr. 17, 2017 — When teenagers and young adults with autism enter adulthood and age out of many of the services designed to help them, they often are anxious about how to handle new adult responsibilities such as ... read more

Article Examines Studies on Antidepressants, Autism Spectrum Disorders

Apr. 17, 2017 — A new article reviews and analyzes a small collection of studies on fetal exposure to antidepressants and autism spectrum ... read more

26 Novel Genes Linked to Intellectual Disability

Apr. 11, 2017 — Researchers have identified 26 new genes linked to intellectual disability. Their study has implications for the diagnosis and clinical care of those affected, and also adds to our growing knowledge ... read more

Apr. 11, 2017 — Most people will startle when they hear an unexpected loud sound. The second time they hear the noise, they'll startle significantly less; by the third time, they'll barely startle at all. ... read more

One in Three Teens With Autism Spectrum Disorder Receives Driver's License

Apr. 11, 2017 — One in three adolescents with autism spectrum disorder acquires an intermediate driver's license, and the majority does so in their 17th year. The vast majority of teens with ASD who receive a ... read more

Parent-Mediated Therapy May Help Babies at Risk of Developing Autism

Apr. 11, 2017 — The earliest autism intervention study in the world that uses video to provide feedback to parents of babies at family risk of autism, has indicated a reduction in the severity of emerging signs of ... read more

Apr. 7, 2017 — Neurons derived from two different types of precursor cells that later develop into neurons in the medial amygdala -- one of the interconnected structures in the brain involved in emotion, motivation ... read more

Girls Are Better at Masking Autism Than Boys

Apr. 3, 2017 — Girls with autism have relatively good social skills, which means that their autism is often not recognized. And autism manifests itself in girls differently from in boys, suggests a new ... read more

Children With Autism Find Understanding Facial Expressions Difficult but Make Similar Mistakes as Peers, New Study Finds

Mar. 31, 2017 — Young people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) have difficulties recognizing and distinguishing between different facial expressions, according to research from one of the largest studies to look ... read more

Prudence, Impatience and Laziness: Are These Contagious Personality Traits?

Mar. 30, 2017 — People tend to unconsciously imitate others' prudent, impatient or lazy attitudes, according to a new study. 'Prudence,' 'impatience' or 'laziness' are typically ... read more

Identifying Genes Key to Human Memory: Insights from Genetics and Cognitive Neuroscience

Mar. 27, 2017 — Researchers have identified more than 100 genes important for memory in people. The study is among the first to identify correlations between gene data and brain activity during memory processing, ... read more

Mar. 23, 2017 — New research explains how the developing brain learns to integrate and react to subtle but simultaneous sensory cues -- sound, touch and visual -- that would be ignored ... read more

Infections During Pregnancy May Interfere With Genes Linked to Prenatal Brain Development

Mar. 21, 2017 — If a mother picks up an infection during pregnancy, her immune system will kick into action to clear the infection -- but this self-defense mechanism may also have a small influence how her ... read more

Insight Into Day-to-Day Lives of Parents Raising Children With Autism

Mar. 21, 2017 — A new study looks at the daily experiences of the parents of children with autism spectrum disorder to provide a more detailed picture of the strengths and vulnerabilities of couples raising a child ... read more

Treatment Window for Fragile X Likely Doesn't Close After Childhood

Mar. 20, 2017 — A new study looked into human and rat brain samples and found that the biological structures potentially contributing to Fragile X syndrome are present in adult brains -- something that mouse samples ... read more

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