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February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

Clear Communication Can Make Doctor Visits Successful for Children With Autism

Feb. 3, 2017 — Doctor visits can be a challenge for patients with autism, their families and health care providers. A new report offers several steps providers and families can take to make medical visits more ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — A research team has used an innovative neuroimaging tool to interrogate the complex brain networks and ... read more

Researchers Outline New Policies for Earlier Detection of Autism in Children

Feb. 2, 2017 — The earlier that autism is diagnosed and treated in children, the better outcomes they will experience for future relationships and careers. However, most children aren't detected and diagnosed ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — Women with anorexia display clear autistic traits, even once the eating disorder is under control and they have achieved a normal weight, according to research. The similarities between anorexia and ... read more

Social Biases Contribute to Challenges for Those With Autism

Feb. 1, 2017 — Negative first impressions formed by potential social partners may reduce the quality of social experiences for people with autism, new research concludes. In the study, non-autistic participants ... read more

Adults With Autism See Interests as Strengths, Career Paths

Feb. 1, 2017 — Adults on the autism spectrum see their interests as possible fields of study and career paths, as well as ways to mitigate anxiety, finds a new ... read more

Researchers Generate Rat Model of Autism

Jan. 31, 2017 — A study has found that oxytocin improves behavioral and electrophysiological deficits in a novel Shank3-deficient ... read more

Jan. 31, 2017 — Children who were exposed to complications shortly before or during birth, including birth asphyxia and preeclampsia, were more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder, according to a ... read more

Drug Candidate Stabilizes Essential Transport Mechanism in Nerve Cells

Jan. 31, 2017 — New research has discovered how a drug candidate works to possibly alleviate Alzheimer's disease and autism spectrum ... read more

Early Brain Changes in Fragile X Syndrome, Study Shows

Jan. 31, 2017 — A new study is giving researchers a first look at the early stages of brain development in patients with Fragile X syndrome, a disorder that causes mild to severe intellectual disability and is the ... read more

Scientists Uncover Possible Therapeutic Targets for Rare Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jan. 31, 2017 — Researchers have uncovered 30 genes that could, one day, serve as therapeutic targets to reverse Rett syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that affects only girls and is a severe form of an autism ... read more

Jan. 30, 2017 — Neuroscientists have analyzed the diversity of inhibitory interneurons during the developmental period surrounding birth. They have discovered the emergence of three main sub-groups of interneurons ... read more

Jan. 26, 2017 — Distinct sets of genetic defects in a single neuronal protein can lead either to infantile epilepsy or to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), depending on whether the respective mutations boost the ... read more

Common Medication Restores Social Deficits in Autism Mouse Model

Jan. 26, 2017 — Reducing the function of the autism-associated gene Pcdh10 leads to impairments in social behavior, according to a study. Reducing Pcdh10 function also disrupted the structure and function of ... read more

Jan. 26, 2017 — The shape of your brain can influence personality traits, according to a new ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — The largest ever genetic study of children with previously undiagnosed rare developmental disorders has discovered 14 new developmental disorders. The research also provided diagnoses of rare ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — Neurons specialized for processing faces in the human brain are controlled by attention, according to a new ... read more

Understanding Motivations for Behavior Can Be Helpful for Children With Autism

Jan. 25, 2017 — For many families, normal activities, such as going to a large family gathering or an amusement park, can be difficult to navigate with a child with autism, as the child may be act out due to being ... read more

New Hope for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jan. 24, 2017 — The latest study released by the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) shows more promise that a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder no longer guarantees a difficult life for ... read more

Prenatal Infection May Alter Brain Development Via Epigenetic Changes

Jan. 24, 2017 — Maternal infection during pregnancy increases the risk for psychiatric disorders in the child, but the path between the two is something of a mystery. Scientists have now used a mouse model to show ... read more

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