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Autism (sometimes called “classical autism”) is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. Other ASDs include Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). Experts estimate that three to six children out of every 1,000 will have autism. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females.
Neurons generated at different life stages can impact olfactory behavior in mice, research shows

Neurons generated at different life stages can impact olfactory behavior in mice, research shows

New research from North Carolina State University shows that neurons generated at different life stages in mice can impact aspects of their olfactory sense and behavior. [More]
Brains of people with autism share similar pattern of abnormal gene activity, UCLA study shows

Brains of people with autism share similar pattern of abnormal gene activity, UCLA study shows

Autism spectrum disorder is caused by a variety of factors, both genetic and environmental. [More]
Baby's first words most likely to depend upon visual experience, IU research finds

Baby's first words most likely to depend upon visual experience, IU research finds

Indiana University psychologists have shown that a baby's most likely first words are based upon their visual experience, laying the foundation for a new theory of infant language learning. [More]
Aer Lingus, Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support collaborate to develop visual guide for air travel

Aer Lingus, Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support collaborate to develop visual guide for air travel

Aer Lingus and the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph's University have partnered to develop a visual guide that helps individuals with autism and related disorders prepare for and experience air travel. [More]
New Baylor study aims to investigate antibiotic effect in children with ASD

New Baylor study aims to investigate antibiotic effect in children with ASD

Over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2012, John Rodakis, a father of a child with autism, observed his son's condition dramatically improve while taking a common antibiotic. [More]
No link exists between maternal flu and increased child autism risk, says study

No link exists between maternal flu and increased child autism risk, says study

A study has found no association between a mother catching the flu during pregnancy and their child having an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). [More]
Nature Methods publishes comparative study of leading Protein-Protein Interaction Networks

Nature Methods publishes comparative study of leading Protein-Protein Interaction Networks

Nature Methods published (online) a comparative study of leading Protein-Protein Interaction (PPI) Networks. [More]
New mouse model provides key information for understanding cortical circuit development

New mouse model provides key information for understanding cortical circuit development

A day by day log of cortical electric activity in the mouse visual cortex was published in the Journal of Neuroscience by George Washington University researcher Matthew Colonnese, Ph.D. [More]
New global network to explore link between genes and environmental factors to tackle health challenges

New global network to explore link between genes and environmental factors to tackle health challenges

A new global network linking leading research centres across the world has launched today to tackle some of the most pressing global health challenges of our time such as autism, cancer, diabetes and dementia. [More]
Scientists identify cell-surface receptor for progranulin

Scientists identify cell-surface receptor for progranulin

Progranulin is produced and secreted by most cells in the body. From skin to immune cells, brain to bone marrow cells, progranulin plays a key role in maintaining normal cellular function. [More]

Women and men absorb visual information in different ways, say QMUL psychologists

Women and men look at faces and absorb visual information in different ways, which suggests there is a gender difference in understanding visual cues, according to a team of scientists that included psychologists from Queen Mary University of London. [More]
Study finds no link between infant’s ASD risk and influenza infection during pregnancy

Study finds no link between infant’s ASD risk and influenza infection during pregnancy

A study of more than 196,000 children found no association between a mother having an influenza infection anytime during pregnancy and an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in children, according to a new study published online by JAMA Pediatrics. [More]
Noninvasive biomedical imaging technology uses light to map the brain

Noninvasive biomedical imaging technology uses light to map the brain

Scientific progress has provided a solid understanding of the anatomy of the brain. However, there is still no reliable way to examine neuron to neuron communication, as it happens--a key to understanding the correlation between brain structure and brain function. [More]
Vitamin D supplementation improves autism symptoms, study shows

Vitamin D supplementation improves autism symptoms, study shows

Vitamin D supplementation improved symptoms of autism in a recent trial. [More]
Music lessons increase brain fiber connections in children

Music lessons increase brain fiber connections in children

Taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). [More]
New study unravels why children with autism look less at other people's eyes

New study unravels why children with autism look less at other people's eyes

A new study conducted by researchers at Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University School of Medicine helps put to rest a longstanding controversy and question about children with autism spectrum disorder. [More]
Researchers use SIG-Blocks for cognitive testing and training of adults and children

Researchers use SIG-Blocks for cognitive testing and training of adults and children

Psychologists have long used building blocks to assess cognitive skills. But researchers at Case Western Reserve University are imbedding the blocks with technology that may provide a clearer view of problems a child or adult may suffer due to developmental disabilities, brain trauma or dementia. [More]
Study findings could help healthcare workers identify undiagnosed adults struggling with ASD

Study findings could help healthcare workers identify undiagnosed adults struggling with ASD

For most of his life, Kevin Hughes has felt like an outsider. A loner as a child, the 65-year-old comedian struggled socially as a teenager and lacked friends as an adult, often offending people without knowing why. [More]
Novel technique reveals alterations in white matter pathways in the brains of individuals with ASD

Novel technique reveals alterations in white matter pathways in the brains of individuals with ASD

A new study found significant changes in white matter pathways in the brains of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using a novel technique called Automated Fiber Quantification (AFQ). [More]
Exposure to allergens during pregnancy alters the brain makeup of fetuses and newborn rats

Exposure to allergens during pregnancy alters the brain makeup of fetuses and newborn rats

A new study in rats could begin to explain why allergies during pregnancy are linked to higher risks for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism in children. [More]
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