Speech or language impairments may not be linked to tantrums in children with autism
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  May 7, 2017  
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 Speech or language impairments may not be linked to tantrums in children with autismSpeech or language impairments may not be linked to tantrums in children with autism
 
Speech or language impairments may not be the cause of more frequent tantrums in children with autism, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The findings could help parents of children with autism seek out the best treatment for behavior problems.
 
 
 Researchers explore link between gut microbiome and nutrition in autism spectrum disorderResearchers explore link between gut microbiome and nutrition in autism spectrum disorder
 
Over the last decade, research has revealed more about the human gut microbiome—the environment within the gastrointestinal tract—where microbes, especially bacteria, reside. Recently, more has become known about the function of those microbes and the microbiome's connection with health and disease.
 
   Maternal grandmother’s smoking in pregnancy increases risk of ASD in grandchildrenMaternal grandmother’s smoking in pregnancy increases risk of ASD in grandchildren
 
Scientists from the University of Bristol have looked at all 14,500 participants in Children of the 90s and found that if a girl's maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, the girl is 67% more likely to display certain traits linked to autism, such as poor social communication skills and repetitive behaviors.
 
   Paternal age at conception may affect social skills of children, study suggestsPaternal age at conception may affect social skills of children, study suggests
 
The age of the father at the time his children are born may influence their social development, suggests a study published in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
 
   Novel signal-processing tool enables unbiased, data-driven analysis of ultrasonic vocalizationsNovel signal-processing tool enables unbiased, data-driven analysis of ultrasonic vocalizations
 
Vocalization plays a significant role in social communication across species such as speech by humans and song by birds. Male mice produce ultrasonic vocalizations in the presence of females and both sexes sing during friendly social encounters.
 
 Caltech researchers discover brain region that judges intensity, ambiguity of facial expressions
 
Caltech researchers discover brain region that judges intensity, ambiguity of facial expressionsHave you ever thought someone was angry at you, but it turned out you were just misreading their facial expression? Caltech researchers have now discovered that one specific region of the brain, called the amygdala, is involved in making these (sometimes inaccurate) judgments about ambiguous or intense emotions.
 
 
 Study sheds light on neural mechanisms of Fragile X syndrome
 
Study sheds light on neural mechanisms of Fragile X syndromeA collaboration between scientists in Belgium, the United States, Norway, France and the UK has resulted in a study that sheds light on the neural mechanisms of Fragile X syndrome.