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Health News - Autism

Algorithm predicts whether high-risk babies will develop autism
Predicting whether someone will go on to develop autism is currently impossible. A new algorithm that measures brain development may change this. (Medical News Today)

Autism more common in people whose brains are anatomically more male-like
Autism is more common in males. Now, a new study finds it also linked to having a brain with certain anatomical features that are more common in males. (Medical News Today)

Adults with autism see interests as strengths, career paths
Adults on the autism spectrum see their interests as possible fields of study and career paths, as well as ways to mitigate anxiety, finds a study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education... (Medical News Today)

Autism may begin early in brain development
Autism is not a single condition, but a spectrum of disorders that affect the brain's ability to perceive and process information. (Medical News Today)

Study finds children exposed to complications at birth at risk of autism
Children who were exposed to complications shortly before or during birth, including birth asphyxia and preeclampsia, were more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder, according to a Kaiser... (Medical News Today)

Study shows early brain changes in fragile X syndrome
A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is giving researchers a first look at the early stages of brain development in patients with Fragile X syndrome, a disorder... (Medical News Today)

Could a tuberculosis drug help treat autism?
Researchers suggest that an antibiotic prescribed for the treatment of tuberculosis might help to reduce the social deficits seen in people with autism. (Medical News Today)

New clinical trial shows 'promising results' for ASD treatment
Researchers from Arizona State University are developing autism treatments by improving the gut microbiota through fecal microbial transplants. (Medical News Today)

Brain alterations in preterm babies may begin weeks before birth
Brain changes in preterm infants that can put them at increased risk of developmental disorders may begin in the womb, new research finds. (Medical News Today)

Genes affecting our communication skills relate to genes for psychiatric disorder
The researchers studied the genetic overlap between the risk of having these psychiatric disorders and measures of social communicative competence - the ability to socially engage with other people... (Medical News Today)

Double effort against Rett's syndrome
The trick against haploinsufficiencies: getting the "single" gene to work for two. (Medical News Today)

Could absence of one protein explain 1 in 3 cases of autism?
People with autism have low levels of the protein nSR100. Now, by reducing this this protein in mice, scientists have triggered behaviors linked to autism. (Medical News Today)

Paternal aging and its possible link to neurodevelopmental disorders
Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are on the rise, but its underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. (Medical News Today)

Study: Autism brain response theory a dead end
A new study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex challenges the hypothesis that nerve cells in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders do not reliably and consistently respond... (Medical News Today)

Autism-linked protein crucial for feeling pain
Well-known autism and pain proteins are likely co-conspirators.Sensory problems are common to autism spectrum disorders. (Medical News Today)

New form of autism found
Autism spectrum disorders affect around one percent of the world's population and are characterized by a range of difficulties in social interaction and communication. (Medical News Today)

Maternal flu not linked to autism in offspring, study finds
Some studies have indicated that influenza during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism in children, but a new study shows this may not be the case. (Medical News Today)

Water beads a serious risk to children
Parents are being warned of the risks posed to children by water beads, which have been increasingly marketed as toys and learning aids for autistic children. (Medical News Today)

Vitamin D supplements may benefit children with autism spectrum disorder
Vitamin D supplementation improved symptoms of autism in a recent trial.Studies have shown an association between the risk of autism spectrum disorder and vitamin D insufficiency. (Medical News Today)

Toddlers with autism don't avoid eye contact, but do miss its significance
A new study conducted by researchers at Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University School of Medicine helps put to rest a longstanding controversy and question... (Medical News Today)

Shared epigenetic changes underlie different types of autism
Individuals with both rare and common types of autism spectrum disorder share a similar set of epigenetic modifications in the brain, according to a study published in Cell. (Medical News Today)

Autism and human evolutionary success
A subtle change occurred in our evolutionary history 100,000 years ago which allowed people who thought and behaved differently - such as individuals with autism - to be integrated into society... (Medical News Today)

Allergies during pregnancy linked with autism, ADHD
Evidence of connections between neurodevelopmental disease and the immune system is steadily growing. Breaking research adds more flesh to the bone. (Medical News Today)

Scripps Florida scientists discover clues to altered brain wiring in autism
Autism is an agonizing puzzle, a complex mixture of genetic and environmental factors. (Medical News Today)

Fun, comfort with exercise helps young people with conditions like autism and ADHD remain active
The best way to help young people with neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder get more exercise is to make it fun, according to a small international... (Medical News Today)

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