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Health News - Autism

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)

Gut bacteria influence the brain indirectly, study shows
A new study shows that some gut bacteria influence the brain through blood cortisol. This might have implications for ASD, but further studies are needed. (Medical News Today)

MRI reveals striking brain differences in people with genetic autism
In the first major study of its kind, researchers using MRI have identified structural abnormalities in the brains of people with one of the most common genetic causes of autism, according to a new... (Medical News Today)

No wonder cure, but music therapy can still be helpful for children with autism
An international study finds the improvements from improvisational music therapy, on symptoms of autism, to be similar to those who do not receive music therapy. (Medical News Today)

Autism may reflect excitation-inhibition imbalance in brain, study finds
A study by Stanford University investigators suggests that key features of autism reflect an imbalance in signaling from excitatory and inhibitory neurons in a portion of the forebrain, and that... (Medical News Today)

People with autism are less surprised by the unexpected
Adults with autism may overestimate the volatility of the world around them, finds a new UCL study published in Nature Neuroscience. (Medical News Today)

Autism severity detected with brain activity test
UCLA researchers have discovered that children with autism have a tell-tale difference on brain tests compared with other children. (Medical News Today)

Antidepressant use in pregnant women linked to small increase in autism
A new study found that antidepressant medications taken during pregnancy may be linked to the development of autism in children - although the effect appears to be limited. (Medical News Today)

Eye test could help diagnose autism
A new study out in European Journal of Neuroscience could herald a new tool that helps physicians identify a sub-group of people with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD). (Medical News Today)

Females with autism show greater difficulty with day-to-day tasks than male counterparts
Largest study to date of executive function in females with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) reveals unique challenges in diagnosis and intervention. (Medical News Today)

Study: Diet not connected to GI problems in children with autism
Stress - not nutrition - likely cause of increased GI issues.Many children with autism spectrum disorder experience significant gastrointestinal issues, but the cause of these symptoms is... (Medical News Today)

In autism, genes drive eye gaze abnormalities
Twin study reveals strong genetic influences on how infants visually explore social world. (Medical News Today)

Autism: Which children respond to oxytocin treatment?
Oxytocin treatment is thought to improve sociability in some children. A new clinical trial investigates which children are likely to respond best and why. (Medical News Today)

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