Autism

Researchers discover crucial role of brain's striatum cilia in time perception
November 30, 2022
Researchers have discovered that removal of cilia from the brain's striatum region impaired time perception and judgment, revealing possible new therapeutic targets for mental and neurological conditions including schizophrenia, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, autism spectrum disorder, and To...
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Researchers discover genetic variant associated with earlier onset childhood epilepsy
November 30, 2022
Researchers have discovered a specific genetic variant in SCN1A, the most common genetic epilepsy, that leads to an earlier onset of epilepsy, with clinical features distinct from other epilepsies. The researchers also identified a potentially effective treatment strategy. ...
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Gene that guides earliest social behaviors could be key to understanding autism
November 23, 2022
A new animal study points to a gene that is important for the earliest development of basic social behaviors. The work also suggests that exposure to certain drugs and environmental risk factors during embryonic development can cause changes to this gene, leading to alterations in social behavior th...
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Gene mutation leading to autism found to overstimulate brain cells
November 21, 2022
Scientists looking to understand the fundamental brain mechanisms of autism spectrum disorder have found that a gene mutation known to be associated with the disorder causes an overstimulation of brain cells far greater than that seen in neuronal cells without the mutation. The study, spanning seven...
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Pattern of gene activity for ADHD
November 16, 2022
Researchers have successfully identified differences in gene activity in the brains of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The study found that individuals diagnosed with ADHD had differences in genes that code for known chemicals that brain cells use to communicate. The res...
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The hunt for disrupted brain signals behind autism
November 15, 2022
Part of understanding the underlying causes of autism spectrum disorder relies on figuring out which cells' signaling patterns in the brain are disrupted, and when during nervous system development the disruption occurs. New research findings in mouse models of one genetic risk for autism support th...
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Autism research: Understanding reluctance to make eye contact with others
November 9, 2022
Using an innovative technology that enables imaging of two individuals during live and natural conditions, researchers have identified specific brain areas in the dorsal parietal region of the brain associated with the social symptomatology of autism. ...
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Adding sensory integration to autism assessments may yield more individualized treatment
November 7, 2022
People with autism are often portrayed in popular media as experiencing difficulty processing highly stimulating or overly loud environments. While this is certainly true for many, there can be a wide diversity in the ways people comprehend the information they perceive from all senses. New research...
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Sensitivity to musical rhythm supports social development in infants
November 2, 2022
Engaging infants with a song provides a ready-made means for supporting social development and interaction, according to a new study.
Brain changes in autism are far more sweeping than previously known, study finds
November 2, 2022
Brain changes in autism are comprehensive throughout the cerebral cortex rather than just particular areas thought to affect social behavior and language, according to a new study that significantly refines scientists' understanding of how autism spectrum disorder (ASD) progresses at the molecular l...
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