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Health News - Autism

Fine particulate air pollution associated with increased risk of childhood autism
Exposure to fine particulate air pollution during pregnancy through the first two years of a child's life may be associated with an increased risk of the child developing autism spectrum disorder... (Medical News Today)

Development of face perception in Japanese children
Face perception plays an important role in social communication. There have been many studies of face perception in human using non-invasive neuroimaging and electrophysiological methods, but studies... (Medical News Today)

Animals' presence may ease social anxiety in kids with autism
NIH-funded study could have implications for treatmentA guinea pig from the study. The skin conductance sensor can be seen on the child's wrist. Credit: Marguerite O'Haire, Ph.D. (Medical News Today)

Nerve cells use each other as maps
When nerve cells form in an embryo they do not start off in the right place but have to be guided to their final position by navigating a kind of molecular and cellular "map" in order to function... (Medical News Today)

Perspective-taking difficulties diminished when autistic and psychosis tendencies balance
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have shed new light on the relationship between autistic tendencies and psychosis proneness in neurotypical adults. (Medical News Today)

Cause of regression in individuals with Down syndrome identified
Individuals with regressive Down syndrome return to baseline functioning when treated for CatatoniaDown syndrome, the most common chromosomal disorder in America, can be complicated by... (Medical News Today)

Researchers provide further insight into male bias of autism
A series of newly published studies has examined the role that sex and gender plays in autism, providing new insights into the male bias of the condition. (Medical News Today)

For children with autism, trips to the dentist just got easier
Adjusting the environment to be more soothing could eliminate the need for general anesthesia to cope with routine cleaningsGoing to the dentist might have just gotten a little less scary for the... (Medical News Today)

Brain cells capable of 'early-career' switch
Salk scientists find a single molecule that controls the fate of mature sensory neuronsNeighboring neurons in the area of the brain known as the thalamus are shown making connections to the... (Medical News Today)

Researchers organize to decipher possible role of gut bacteria in autism
Autism: for a condition that continues to confound researchers and physicians alike, Dr. Richard E. (Medical News Today)

Preterm birth alters brain connections linked to cognitive functioning, study finds
Babies born preterm have reduced brain connectivity between areas of the thalamus and areas of the cortex associated with higher cognitive functioning, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

Finding the body clock's molecular reset button
An international team of scientists has discovered what amounts to a molecular reset button for our internal body clock. (Medical News Today)

Discovery may open door for treating fragile X carriers
Fragile X syndrome, an inherited cause of autism and intellectual disability, can have consequences even for carriers of the disorder who don't have full-blown symptoms. (Medical News Today)

New insight into how brain makes memories
Every time you make a memory, somewhere in your brain a tiny filament reaches out from one neuron and forms an electrochemical connection to a neighboring neuron. (Medical News Today)

Less severe autism symptoms in girls may lead to delayed diagnosis, study suggests
Girls are likely to be diagnosed with autism later than boys, a new study claims, possibly because girls present less severe symptoms than boys. (Medical News Today)

Kids losing autism diagnosis may still need educational support
Researchers assessing children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder whose social and cognitive symptoms resolved found that many still required additional educational support. (Medical News Today)

Autism and prodigy share a common genetic link
Study involved families that had both prodigies and people with autismResearchers have uncovered the first evidence of a genetic link between prodigy and autism. (Medical News Today)

Parents' concerns key for early autism diagnosis, say researchers
A new study finds parents of children diagnosed with autism picked up on signs of the condition as early as 6 months, highlighting their key role in early diagnosis. (Medical News Today)

Parent training program helps reduce disruptive behavior of children with autism
A 24 week parent training program, which provided specific techniques to manage disruptive behaviors of children with autism spectrum disorder, resulted in a greater reduction in disruptive and... (Medical News Today)

One in 3 young adults with autism disconnected from work and school
Autism does not end when children reach adulthood--yet most public awareness, public policy and research about autism focus on the needs of children. (Medical News Today)

Is there such a thing as 'pure' autism?
Genetic analysis from a new study in Biological Psychiatry says noThe search for genes that contribute to the risk for autism has made tremendous strides over the past 3 years. (Medical News Today)

MMR vaccine and autism: study finds 'no harmful association'
In a study of more than 95,000 children, researchers found no link between the MMR vaccine and greater risk of autism, even among children at higher risk for the condition. (Medical News Today)

Parental concerns strongly predict developmental issues, including autism spectrum disorder
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can develop symptoms before 2 years of age and usually can be diagnosed by 3 years of age; early identification of ASD is associated with improved... (Medical News Today)

Violent video games not linked to aggression in adults with autism
Effects of violent games on aggression are similar for adults with and without autism, study findsFollowing the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, some in the media and the public speculated... (Medical News Today)

Autism: new studies investigate diagnosis time and identify epigenetic signatures
Across two new studies, Johns Hopkins and Oregon State researchers identify epigenetic variations associated with ASD in parental sperm and assess diagnosis time for ASD children. (Medical News Today)

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