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Health News - Autism

People with autistic traits may be more creative, study suggests
In creativity tests, researchers found individuals with high autistic traits were more likely to come up with original and unusual ideas than those without such traits. (Medical News Today)

New insights in pathological mechanism that causes dysfunctional synapses
Genetic analysis of human patients has shown that mutations in genes involved in synaptic communication can drive neuropsychiatric and neurological diseases such as autism spectrum disorder and... (Medical News Today)

Scientist: Most complete human brain model to date is a 'brain changer'
Once licensed, model likely to accelerate study of Alzheimer's, autism, moreScientists at The Ohio State University have developed a nearly complete human brain in a dish that equals the brain... (Medical News Today)

Research examines relationship between autism and creativity
Psychologists from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and University of Stirling examined the relationship between autistic-like traits and creativity. (Medical News Today)

Why revealing an autism diagnosis is advisable when going to university
Students with autism or Asperger's Syndrome who are preparing to go to university this autumn will be better supported by both professional services and their peers if they reveal their diagnosis... (Medical News Today)

Receptors in brain linked to schizophrenia, autism
The loss of a critical receptor in a special class of inhibitory neurons in the brain may be responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and schizophrenia, according to new research... (Medical News Today)

Psychologists develop first adult self-assessment for repetitive behaviors in autism
Psychologists from Cardiff University have developed the first self-assessment test designed to help clinicians diagnose autism in adults. (Medical News Today)

Scientists discover how a gene mutation causes autism
Researchers have discovered how mutations in a gene called UBE3A cause autism, and reveal that some existing drugs hold promise for treating the condition. (Medical News Today)

Missing piece surfaces in the puzzle of autism
A study carried out by the Laboratoire Neurobiologie des Interactions Cellulaires et Neurophysiopathologie (CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université), in collaboration with clinicians from Marseilles Public... (Medical News Today)

Simple intervention can moderate anti-vaccination beliefs, study finds
It might not be possible to convince someone who believes that vaccines cause autism that they don't. (Medical News Today)

Young adults with autism show improved social function following UCLA skills program
Gains from 'PEERS' training persist 16 weeks laterResearchers at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA have found that a social skills program for high-functioning young... (Medical News Today)

Genetic tug of war in the brain influences behavior
Cell-specific imprinting is prevalent in the brain, and more common than classic imprintingTypically genes express two copies, one from the mother and one from the father. (Medical News Today)

Autism costs estimated to reach nearly $500 billion, potentially $1 trillion, by 2025
UC Davis researchers recommend broader access to early intervention, employment support UC Davis health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people... (Medical News Today)

In mice, experimental drug treatment for Rett syndrome suggests the disorder is reversible
A team at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has developed a strikingly new approach for treating Rett syndrome, a devastating autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that affects 1 in 10,000 people in the... (Medical News Today)

Premature birth associated with introversion in adulthood
Researchers have developed a personality profile for individuals born very prematurely or with a very low birth weight by assessing the personalities of adults. (Medical News Today)

A way to predict whether children with DiGeorge syndrome will develop autism or psychosis
New findings by UCLA and University of Pittsburgh isolate genetic differencesDoctors and researchers have long known that children who are missing about 60 genes on a certain chromosome are at a... (Medical News Today)

Rising autism prevalence 'driven by changes in classification'
Between 2000 and 2010, rates of autism have tripled. However, a new study suggests that this rise is largely due to changes in intellectual disability categorization in the US. (Medical News Today)

Expert panel sets nutrition guidelines to manage GI symptoms in autism
Framework to navigate food selectivity, alternative diets, nutritional deficitsA new guideline for the nutrition of management gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorders... (Medical News Today)

Increasing prevalence of autism is due, in part, to changing diagnoses
The greater than three-fold increase in autism diagnoses among students in special education programs in the United States between 2000 and 2010 may be due in large part to the reclassification of... (Medical News Today)

Low levels of hormone linked to social deficit in autism, Stanford study finds
A brain-chemistry deficit in children with autism may help to explain their social difficulties, according to new findings from the Stanford University School of Medicine. (Medical News Today)

The medical odyssey of an undiagnosed child
Discovery by Tel Aviv University, Antwerp University researchers of the mutations of a neuroprotective protein finds expression in the story of a 7-year-old patientChildren born with... (Medical News Today)

Discovered a cause of mental retardation and autism
The term intellectual disability covers a large number of clinical entities, some with known cause and others of uncertain origin. (Medical News Today)

New tool for investigating RNA gone awry
Sticky-flare nanotechnology exposes RNA misregulation in living cellsRNA is a fundamental ingredient in all known forms of life -- so when RNA goes awry, a lot can go wrong. (Medical News Today)

Study finds autism, ADHD run high in children of chemically intolerant mothers
Mothers with chemical intolerances are 2-3 times more likely than other women to have a child with autism or ADHD, according to a new study by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San... (Medical News Today)

Miniature brains grown from skin cells 'provide autism insights'
Miniature brains grown in the lab by stem cell scientists have provided a new approach toward understanding brain development and disorders like autism and schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

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