Gene-brain association occurs differently in toddlers with autism and poor language development
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  December 17, 2018  
  Autism  
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 Gene-brain association occurs differently in toddlers with autism and poor language developmentGene-brain association occurs differently in toddlers with autism and poor language development
 
An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of Cyprus and University of California San Diego School of Medicine, have identified a previously unknown, large-scale association between molecular gene expression activity in blood leukocyte cells and altered neural responses to speech in toddlers with autism as measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
 
   Genetic risk score for autism linked with outcomes of psychological treatmentGenetic risk score for autism linked with outcomes of psychological treatment
 
Depression is a common disorder for which cognitive behavioral therapy is the recommended treatment for most patients.
 
   Pre-schoolers with autism thrive in mainstream classroom settingsPre-schoolers with autism thrive in mainstream classroom settings
 
In a world first, breakthrough research from La Trobe University has shown that toddlers with autism are just as capable of learning important life skills through early-intervention delivered in mainstream pre-schools as in specialized settings.
 
 Abnormalities in development of the brain could be involved in onset of autism, finds new study
 
Abnormalities in development of the brain could be involved in onset of autism, finds new studyAutism spectrum disorders are neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by communication disorders, altered social interactions and sensory and behavioral abnormalities. Research in genetics and brain imaging suggests that abnormalities in the development of the brain concerning, in particular, the formation of neural networks and the functioning of synapses could be involved in the onset of ASD.
 
 
 Autism linked to prolonged connection between brain regions
 
Autism linked to prolonged connection between brain regionsResearchers have discovered that the symptoms seen in autism may be linked to how regions of the brain communicate. The study, which has recently been published in the journal JAMA Network Open, suggests that the symptoms may be the result of sustained connections between brain regions.
 
 
 Robots could help improve social skills of children with ASD
 
Robots could help improve social skills of children with ASDAn emotionally intelligent, partially autonomous social robot could help children with autism spectrum disorder improve their social skills, according to EU-funded researchers who have been developing the next generation of robot-enhanced therapy.