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Health News - Autism

Autism: What is the link with zinc?
Past research noted a connection between zinc and autism, but a new study takes a deeper look and helps to further uncover the link. (Medical News Today)

Could poor protein trafficking be a factor in autism?
Insufficiency in protein escorter ASTN2 causes receptors to accumulate on cell surfaces, disrupting communication between neurons, a new mouse study shows. (Medical News Today)

Autism prognosis: Parental genes 'incredibly useful'
While a main variant primes a person to develop a complex disorder such as autism, their 'genetic background' sets the 'clinical features,' a study finds. (Medical News Today)

Pesticide may increase autism risk
Levels of DDT, a once-common pesticide, in maternal blood have been linked with an increased risk of autism in the offspring in a new study. (Medical News Today)

Reversing autism with a cancer drug
Scientists may have found a new treatment for a genetic form of autism; experiments in mice successfully reverse the condition using cancer trial drugs. (Medical News Today)

Autism blood test: One step closer
A novel blood test achieves 88 percent accuracy in diagnosing autism spectrum disorder. This advance could help to identify the condition earlier. (Medical News Today)

Can these hormones provide the key to autism, schizophrenia?
The hormones oxytocin and vasopressin have been linked to pair-bonding, but can they help to improve impaired social behavior? A new study investigates. (Medical News Today)

What effect does ADHD have on sexuality?
ADHD is a behavioral disorder that causes some people to become frustrated or hyperactive at inappropriate times. It is often lifelong and is usually managed by medications. It can often impact many areas of a person’s life, including their sexuality and relationships. Learn more about ADHD’s effects on sexuality here. (Medical News Today)

Pupillary reflex may predict autism
A new study examines the pupillary light reflex in infants and concludes that the amount of light the pupil lets in may be an accurate autism predictor. (Medical News Today)

Latest CDC autism figures show 15 percent rise
After conducting the largest study of its kind, the CDC may revise their estimates for autism prevalence. Is autism on the rise, or is diagnosis improving? (Medical News Today)

How inflammation and gut bacteria influence autism
A recent study looks at the links between the immune system, gut bacteria, and autism spectrum disorders. It uncovers some interesting interactions. (Medical News Today)

What are the early signs of ADHD?
Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder present in many different ways. However, there are also many traits shared by people with ADHD. These can include irritability, lack of concentration, and fidgeting. This article helps you spot the signs so that people can be directed to the appropriate treatment. (Medical News Today)

Autism: Anti-cancer drug may improve social behavior
Romidepsin, a compound that is already approved for treating cancer, reversed social deficits in a mouse model of autism by restoring gene expression. (Medical News Today)

How much of our empathy is down to genes?
A new study investigates the genetic underpinnings of empathy and finds evidence that this emotional ability may, at least partly, be down to genes. (Medical News Today)

New blood test predicts autism with 92 percent accuracy
Scientists have designed a test they believe is the first of its kind. Using blood and urine samples, the test correctly identified autism in children. (Medical News Today)

Children with autism may benefit from being bilingual
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers find that children with autism spectrum disorders who are bilingual have improved cognitive flexibility. (Medical News Today)

Supplements during pregnancy may reduce autism risk
The latest study to investigate the relationship between vitamin supplements during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders finds a significant link. (Medical News Today)

Experimental drugs rewire brain connections in autism
Researchers reveal a different role played by missing gene in autism and uncover potential new treatments to reverse its effect on neural communication. (Medical News Today)

The 10 best autism blogs
Autism affects everyone differently depending on its severity. We have found the best autism blogs that support individuals, families, and carers. (Medical News Today)

What is stimming?
Stimming is a common symptom of autism. Learn more about it here, including the different types of behavior that can occur, and what can be done to help. (Medical News Today)

Could multivitamin use in pregnancy protect children from autism?
A new study published in The BMJ suggests that children born to mothers who use multivitamins during pregnancy may be at lower risk of autism. (Medical News Today)

How does oxytocin control the brain's social reward circuit?
New research sheds light on the mechanisms behind the brain's social reward circuitry. Results point to oxytocin as the "gatekeeper" to prosocial behavior. (Medical News Today)

Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides
Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children's pesticide-related autism risk. (Medical News Today)

Why do I feel so flat, and what can I do about it?
Flat affect is characterized by a lack of reaction to emotional stimuli, and can include a monotone voice or lack of expression in the face. Learn more. (Medical News Today)

Altered mitochondria associated with increased autism risk
Mitochondria, the tiny structures inside our cells that generate energy, may play a key role in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). (Medical News Today)

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