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Health News - Autism

Link discovered between touch of individuals with autism and their social difficulties
The sense of touch may play a more crucial role in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than previously assumed. (Medical News Today)

Study finds that belief that Tourette's patients are aggressive to be a myth
It is commonly believed that people with Tourette's syndrome tend to be aggressive. (Medical News Today)

New iPad game could help diagnose autism in children
Autism could be diagnosed by allowing children to play games on smart phones and tablets, a study involving the University of Strathclyde has found. (Medical News Today)

Metformin associated with decreasing weight gain in kids with autism
The diabetes medication metformin hydrochloride was associated with decreased weight gain in a small clinical trial of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder who were taking... (Medical News Today)

Chemicals banned decades ago linked to increased autism risk today
Chemicals used in certain pesticides and as insulating material banned in the 1970s may still be haunting us, according to new research that suggests links between higher levels of exposure during... (Medical News Today)

Autism risk increased with prenatal exposure to banned chemicals
Exposure to organochlorines - chemicals banned in the U.S. in the 1970s - in pregnancy may increase offspring's autism risk by 80 percent, study finds. (Medical News Today)

Simple, sensitive, and cost-effective assays for analyzing fragile X
Tests useful for preclinical and clinical research on a genetic mutation related to autism and intellectual disability may become more available, reports The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. (Medical News Today)

Autism risk in younger children increases if they have older sibling with disorder
A new Kaiser Permanente study found that the risk of younger siblings developing an autism spectrum disorder is 14 times higher if an older sibling has ASD. (Medical News Today)

Princeton researchers identify autism genes using new approach
Princeton University and Simons Foundation researchers have developed a machine-learning approach that for the first time analyzes the entire human genome to predict which genes may cause autism... (Medical News Today)

Hearing test may identify autism risk
Researchers have identified an inner ear deficiency in children with Autism that may impact their ability to recognize speech. (Medical News Today)

Labor induction: No association with autism
Contrary to a previous study, new research from more than 1.3 million births concludes that there is no association between labor induction and autism. (Medical News Today)

High quality MRIs without sedation are possible in severely affected children with autism
UC Davis researchers have found a way to get MRI images of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability without sedating them first using the principles of applied... (Medical News Today)

Why scientists are calling for experiments on ecstasy
MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, promotes strong feelings of empathy in users and is classified as a Schedule 1 drug - a category reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high... (Medical News Today)

New neurons reveal clues about an individual's autism
The brains of some people with autism spectrum disorder grow faster than usual early on in life, often before diagnosis. (Medical News Today)

Neuroscience study identifies new trigger mechanism for fragile X syndrome in mice
Loss of astroglia-specific fragile X mental retardation protein contributes to fragile X syndrome. (Medical News Today)

Acetaminophen use in pregnancy linked to autism, ADHD in offspring
Researchers find children born to mothers who used acetaminophen during pregnancy may be more likely to develop symptoms of autism or ADHD. (Medical News Today)

Prenatal exposure to paracetamol may increase autism spectrum and hyperactivity symptoms in children
A new study has found that paracetamol (acetaminophen), which is used extensively during pregnancy, has a strong association with autism spectrum symptoms in boys and for both genders in relation... (Medical News Today)

New brain map could enable novel therapies for autism and Huntington's disease
USC scientists have mapped an uncharted portion of the mouse brain to explain which circuit disruptions might occur in disorders such as Huntington's disease and autism. (Medical News Today)

Specific gut bacteria reverse autism-like behavior in mice
Could autistic traits be partially controlled by the bacteria in our guts? New research demonstrates that this is a genuine possibility. (Medical News Today)

Links between autism and epilepsy deepen
New research shows that having a first-degree relative with epilepsy significantly increases the risk of being diagnosed with autism. (Medical News Today)

Brain activity differs between men and women when cooperating
In a cooperation task, researchers identified differences in the brain activity of men and women - even though they performed equally as well. (Medical News Today)

Mouse study suggests autism is not just a disease of the brain
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by impaired social interactions and repetitive behaviors, often accompanied by abnormal reactions to sensory stimuli. (Medical News Today)

Risk of autism with intellectual disability linked with maternal immune dysfunction during pregnancy
Pregnant women with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, proteins that control communication between cells of the immune system, may be at significantly greater risk of having a... (Medical News Today)

Stress in pregnancy and autism: New gene-stress interaction uncovered
A new study uncovers a genetic variant that may predispose pregnant women to higher risks for offspring with autism; further investigation is warranted. (Medical News Today)

Novel mouse model sheds new light on autism spectrum disorder
A new mouse model, developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the first to show that when more of a specific biological molecule moves between different parts of nerve... (Medical News Today)

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