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New evidence challenges 'extreme male brain' theory of autism
A new study has challenged suggestions that the male sex hormone testosterone reduces cognitive empathy, or the ability to read others' emotional states. (Medical News Today)

What to know about leaky gut syndrome
Leaky gut syndrome is a condition that affects the intestinal walls. Find out more about leaky gut symptoms and treatments, as well as its possible links with other health conditions. (Medical News Today)

What to know about skin picking
Skin picking involves consistently picking, pulling, or tearing healthy skin. It is a psychological symptom in many cases. Treatment includes therapy and medication. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are the symptoms of autism in a 3-year-old?
Parents and caregivers often notice the signs of autism, or autism spectrum disorder, when a child is still very young. Learn about the possible signs of autism in a 3-year-old here. (Medical News Today)

Researchers devise a more 'child-friendly' test for autism
In a new study, researchers have come up with what they say is a less stressful method of diagnosing autism in children: tracking their gaze. (Medical News Today)

How a unique gene mutation may drive autism
Working with animal models and analyzing human genetic information, researchers discover how one gene may be key to the development of autism. (Medical News Today)

What is the difference between autism and ADHD?
A number of symptoms can be common to autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, these are separate conditions with key differences. It is also possible to have both autism and ADHD. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about autism in girls
The symptoms of autism in girls are mostly the same as they are in boys, though autistic girls may exhibit certain behaviors less often than autistic boys. Because autism is more common among boys, doctors may be more likely to miss a diagnosis in girls. Learn more about symptoms and diagnosis here. (Medical News Today)

Could processed foods explain why autism is on the rise?
A first-of-its-kind study finds a molecular link between high levels of a food preservative compound and neuronal disruptions that may explain ASD. (Medical News Today)

What to know about Asperger's syndrome and ADHD
Autism spectrum disorder and ADHD are conditions that doctors link to brain development. Asperger's syndrome is no longer a separate diagnosis and typically refers to a mild form of autism. In this article, we look at the differences between autism spectrum disorder and ADHD. (Medical News Today)

What to know about executive function disorder
Executive function is a broad set of mental skills that are important for achieving goals and interacting with others. People with executive function disorder may find it difficult to organize themselves, focus their attention, and control their emotions and behavior. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Brain changes may explain why exercise relieves autism in mice
Voluntary exercise prompted the brain to prune surplus connections between nerve cells and reduced behavioral symptoms of ASD in a mouse model. (Medical News Today)

Autism and the gut microbiome: Further evidence strengthens link
New research in rodents finds additional evidence that the microbiome may influence the likelihood of developing autistic behaviors. (Medical News Today)

Through my eyes: High functioning autism
'You don’t seem autistic' is something that I hear a lot. My name is Jonathan Rowland, and this is my experience of living with autism. (Medical News Today)

Levels of autism: Everything you need to know
Doctors can diagnose three different levels of autism, which vary in their severity. Getting the correct diagnosis can help ensure that a person receives the right treatment and support. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What is the GAPS diet? A complete overview
The GAPS diet aims to ‘cure’ psychological conditions such as autism and dyslexia by changing a person’s diet. We look at the evidence, uses, and controversies around this dietary intervention. (Medical News Today)

Researchers look at the link between gut bacteria and autism
New research looks at the effects of poor bacterial diversity in the gut in autism, suggesting a new treatment for gastrointestinal problems. (Medical News Today)

MMR vaccine does not cause autism, even in those most at risk
Studies have already shown that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism. A new study goes one step further and proves that at-risk children are safe, too. (Medical News Today)

What to know about autism
Autism is a set of psychological behaviors often characterized by an emphasis on routine and repetition, fixed behavioral patterns, and impaired social interaction. There are many levels of severity in autism, which is why doctors view it as a spectrum rather than a fixed set of symptoms. Read on to learn more. (Medical News Today)

What does autism look like in the brain?
A new study offers a fresh perspective on how autism works in the brain. Symptoms, the authors say, may be linked to persistent connections in the brain. (Medical News Today)

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)

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