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September 30, 2016

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September 30, 2016

Meet AISOY1 the Robot, Autism Therapy Assistant

Sep. 16, 2016 — Researchers are collaborating to expand the potential of their robot assistant for the treatment of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specifically, the goal is to explore ... read more

Genetic Intersection of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Shared Medical Conditions

Sep. 1, 2016 — Researchers have analyzed current gene-disease findings to understand why people with neurodevelopmental and mental illness often have physical ... read more

New iPad Game Could Help Diagnose Autism in Children

Aug. 30, 2016 — Autism could be diagnosed by allowing children to play games on smart phones and tablets, a study has found. Researchers used fun iPad games to track players’ hand movements – gathering ... read more

Sertraline, Brand Named Zoloft, Improves Functioning in Young Children With Fragile X

Aug. 26, 2016 — Treatment with sertraline may provide nominal but important improvements in cognition and social participation in very young children with fragile X syndrome, the most common genetic cause of ... read more

How PSD Forms and Why Defects Can Cause Autism

Aug. 25, 2016 — Scientists have discovered that SynGAP and PSD-95, two abundance proteins in PSD that are known to cause autism when mutated, can form an autonomously assembled network structure both in test-tube ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — Researchers have revealed that microglia -- cells involved in immune functions in the brain -- also influence brain connectivity and formation of new links between neurons in the developing brain. By ... read more

Study Shows Diabetes Treatment Helps Reduce Weight in Children With Autism

Aug. 24, 2016 — A drug that's been used for decades in the treatment of type 2 diabetes is proving effective in helping to control weight gain in children who are treated for autism spectrum disorder, according ... read more

Chemicals Banned Decades Ago Linked to Increased Autism Risk Today

Aug. 23, 2016 — A group of human-made chemicals used in some pesticides and insulating materials banned in the 1970s continues to linger in the United States, and new research found that high levels of exposure to ... read more

Aug. 17, 2016 — Personalized wearable digital technology can help adults diagnosed with autism understand and manage their anxiety, say ... read more

Simple, Sensitive, and Cost-Effective Assays for Analyzing Fragile X-Related Disorders

Aug. 12, 2016 — Fragile X syndrome, the most common heritable cause of intellectual disability and a frequent cause of autism, is characterized by abnormalities of the FMR1 gene that are difficult to analyze. ... read more

Visualization of Newly Formed Synapses With Unprecedented Resolution

Aug. 11, 2016 — The spatial arrangement of synapses has a critical role in neuronal function, but the rules that govern this precise synaptic localization remain unknown. Researchers have identified mechanistic and ... read more

Aug. 10, 2016 — In a study spanning molecular genetics, stem cells and the sciences of both brain and behavior, researchers have created a neurodevelopmental model of a rare genetic disorder that may provide new ... read more

Autism Risk in Younger Children Increases If They Have Older Sibling With Disorder

Aug. 5, 2016 — A new study found that the risk of younger siblings developing an autism spectrum disorder is 14 times higher if an older sibling has ASD. The study also found the risk level was consistent across ... read more

New Ways to Mass Produce Human Neurons for Studying Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Aug. 4, 2016 — Scientists have streamlined the process of using human stem cells to mass produce GABAergic neurons (GNs) in the laboratory. This new protocol provides scientists with a robust source of GNs to study ... read more

Largest-Ever Whole Genome Autism Study Yields Clues on How Autism-Linked Gene Changes Arise

Aug. 4, 2016 — A new study expands understanding of autism's complex causes and may hold clues for the future development of targeted treatments. The report is the largest-ever whole genome study of autism, ... read more

Autism Genes Identified Using New Approach

Aug. 1, 2016 — Researchers have developed a machine-learning approach that for the first time analyzes the entire human genome to predict which genes may cause autism spectrum disorder, raising the number of genes ... read more

Creativity, Intermedial Languages as Bridge to Communicate With Autistic Children

July 28, 2016 — This pioneering research using drama with autistic children started with an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project 'Imagining Autism: Drama, Performance and Intermediality as ... read more

July 27, 2016 — Through use of photographs, adolescents with ASD were able to share their accounts of difficulties transitioning out of school, their struggles with socialization and how they use animals as a source ... read more

July 27, 2016 — A team of scientists has found similarities in brain impairments in children with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. The study ... read more

Hearing Test May Identify Autism Risk

July 25, 2016 — Researchers have identified an inner ear deficiency in children with autism that may impact their ability to recognize speech. The findings could ultimately be used as a way to identify children at ... read more

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