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Health News - Autism

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)

Autism gene mutation that slows brain activity uncovered
Scientists find some individuals with autism possess mutations in the DIXDC1 gene that reduce the development of brain connections and slow brain activity. (Medical News Today)

Autism: Parents face challenges, too
Life can be tough for children with autism, but it can be hard for their parents, too. We look at some strategies that can help when facing the challenges. (Medical News Today)

Rett Syndrome study finds mechanisms underlying its visual deficits
In research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory... (Medical News Today)

New study: Children with autism may be over-diagnosed with ADHD
CHOP autism and ADHD experts say current measuring tools for ADHD may not work for children with autism spectrum disorders. (Medical News Today)

New study links autism to mutations in mitochondrial DNA
Children with autism spectrum disorder have a higher number of mutations in their mitochondrial DNA than their family members, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

Finding the clues for better autism treatments
As a researcher at Harvard Medical School, Christopher W. Cowan, Ph.D., used to watch autistic kids come onto campus to attend a special school. (Medical News Today)

Early intervention for parents of children with autism reduces symptoms
Kids with autism whose parents took part in an early intervention - focusing on how to communicate with the child - showed reduced symptoms 6 years later. (Medical News Today)

Folinic acid could help children with autism communicate better
Preliminary study also identifies specific biomarkers that can predict treatment response in children with autism and verbal communication problems. (Medical News Today)

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