Autism

Research challenges conventional wisdom about key autism trait
September 25, 2020
A new study into the causes of sensorimotor impairments prevalent among autistic people could pave the way for better treatment and management in the future, say psychologists.
Small increase in risk of autism seen for pre- and post-term births
September 22, 2020
A study of more than 3.5 million Nordic children suggests that the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may increase slightly for each week a child is born before or after 40 weeks of gestation.
FABP4: Preschool-aged biomarker discovered for autism spectrum disorder
September 10, 2020
Researchers have discovered a biomarker that can detect autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in preschool-aged children. The new study found that levels of the protein FABP4 were much lower in four- to six-year-old children with ASD than they were in other typically developing children. Experiments in mic...
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Autistic adults have a higher rate of physical health conditions, study finds
September 10, 2020
Autistic individuals are more likely to have chronic physical health conditions, particularly heart, lung, and diabetic conditions, according to a new study.
Biological roots for teen risk-taking: Uneven brain growth
September 9, 2020
Why do some adolescents take more risks than others? Research suggests that two centers in the brain, one which makes adolescents want to take risks and the other which prevents them from acting on these impulses, physically mature at different rates and that adolescents with large differences in th...
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Cell in zebrafish critical to brain assembly, function
September 8, 2020
New research documents the presence of astrocytes in zebrafish, a milestone that will open new avenues of research into a star-shaped type of glial cell in the brain that is critical for nearly every aspect of brain assembly and function.
Guilt by dissociation: Study sheds light on serotonin in autism
September 2, 2020
A study on serotonin, a mood-regulating molecule in the brain that regulates many brain synapses, is helping to unravel the puzzle surrounding its role in autism. The activity and regulation of the serotonin transporter (SERT), protein is critically dependent on a number of other proteins that tell ...
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Misfiring brain cells may cause swallowing woes in children with developmental disorders
September 1, 2020
Misfiring brain cells that control key parts of the mouth and tongue may be creating swallowing difficulties in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, according to neuroscientists. Problems ingesting, chewing, or swallowing food occur in up to 80 percent of children with developmental disorders...
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Brain protein linked to seizures, abnormal social behaviors
September 1, 2020
A team has found a new mechanism responsible for the abnormal development of neuronal connections in the mouse brain that leads to seizures and abnormal social behaviors.
Shedding light on split-second decision making
August 31, 2020
A little understood region of the cerebellum plays a critical role in making split-second 'go -- no go' decisions, according to a new study.
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