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Health News - Autism

Processing facial emotions in persons with autism spectrum disorder
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have difficulty recognizing and interpreting how facial expressions convey various emotions - from joy to puzzlement, sadness to anger. (Medical News Today)

Normalizing the levels of MeCP2 in a mouse model of MECP2 duplication syndrome restores neurological functions
Gene duplications are a common cause of intellectual disabilities and autism as well as various other neurological disorders. In a new study that appears online in the journal Nature, Dr. (Medical News Today)

Research finds differences in brain connectivity in individuals with autism can predict future adaptive and social behavioral outcomes
A new study shows that differences in brain connectivity in individuals with autism can predict future adaptive and social behaviors. (Medical News Today)

Brains with autism adapt differently during implicit learning
Severity of symptoms correlates with brain adaptation measures. Carnegie Mellon University scientists have discovered a crucial difference in the way learning occurs in the brains of adults with... (Medical News Today)

New options for treating autism
A researcher at the University of the Basque Country has participated in the demonstration of the operating mechanism of oxytocin, the molecule involved in social behavior. (Medical News Today)

Neuroscientists reveal how the brain can enhance connections
When the brain forms memories or learns a new task, it encodes the new information by tuning connections between neurons. (Medical News Today)

First insights into changes to developing brain caused by gene associated with autism
Understanding fundamental changes in the brain that could lead to intellectual disabilities may one day help in the development of better treatments. (Medical News Today)

Meeting transportation needs will improve lives of those with ASD, their families
Rutgers study: Integrating access to education, employment, mobility and planning resources will increase independence and opportunities for ASD population. (Medical News Today)

Rare facial paralysis gives researchers new insights into social interaction
Möbius is an extremely rare congenital facial paralysis that is usually bilateral and complete. (Medical News Today)

Intellectual disabilities share disease mechanisms, study suggests
Research suggests that different types of intellectual disabilities may benefit from common therapeutic approaches. (Medical News Today)

Steps forward in the hunt for easily measurable biomarkers of autism
Future Science OA article provides proof of concept that autism-relevant biomarkers can be measured in saliva. (Medical News Today)

Arousal study indicates Integrated Listening Systems is an effective behavioral solution for children with sensory processing challenges
Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), a provider of multi-sensory programs and products for improving brain function and emotional regulation, today announced the findings of a recent pilot study... (Medical News Today)

Divorce rate doesn't go up as families of children with disabilities grow
Couples raising a child with developmental disabilities do not face a higher risk of divorce if they have larger families, according to a new study by researchers from the Waisman Center at the... (Medical News Today)

Oxytocin has social, emotional and behavioral benefits in young kids with autism
A five week treatment with the synthetic hormone oxytocin significantly improved social, emotional and behavioral issues among young children with autism, according to University of Sydney research... (Medical News Today)

York U researchers produce report on products expectant mothers should avoid during first trimester
The list is long and includes cleaning solvents, pesticides, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugsExpectant mothers in their first trimester should avoid certain cosmetics, cleaning agents and... (Medical News Today)

Scientists find clues about how the brain filters out distractions
Experiments on mice have shown how the thalamus plays a role in filtering out distractions, with implications for treatment of people with autism and schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

New guides produced to help families whose loved ones are in Assessment and Treatment Units, UK
A coalition of charities, family members and solicitors have produced a series of guides which explain the rights of individuals with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges, with a... (Medical News Today)

Mathematically modeling the mind
New model described in the journal CHAOS represents how the mind processes sequential memory and may help understand psychiatric disordersFigure A shows a representation of a stable sequential... (Medical News Today)

X-citing X chromosome discovery could aid research on many sex-linked disorders
U-M researchers find new way for RNA to regulate genetic activityThink back to middle school biology class, when you learned that boys have an X and a Y chromosome inside each cell, and girls... (Medical News Today)

Building and breaking synapses
Our ability to learn, move, and sense our world comes from the neurons in our brain. (Medical News Today)

Premature birth appears to weaken brain connections
Babies born prematurely face an increased risk of neurological and psychiatric problems that may be due to weakened connections in brain networks linked to attention, communication and the processing... (Medical News Today)

Suppression of epigenetic brain proteins induces autism-like syndrome
Regulation of a family of brain proteins known as bromodomain and extra-terminal domain containing transcription regulators (BETs) plays a key role in normal cognition and behavior, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Oxytocin nose-drop brings marmoset partners closer, has implications for autism
Researchers from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA, show for the first time that common marmosets -- Callithrix jacchus, a species of New World monkey -- that receive oxytocin in nose-drops... (Medical News Today)

Novel technique shows how autism affects social brain
An MRI tool has been used to investigate the effect of autism on the areas of the brain affecting social interaction, highlighting lack of connectivity and excess blood flow. (Medical News Today)

Autism: The gaze that hinders expression
It is not enough to observe what abilities are altered in autistic subjects, we also need to understand how each function interacts with the others. (Medical News Today)

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