Autism

Happiness and the evolution of brain size
October 23, 2020
Serotonin can act as a growth factor for the stem cells in the fetal human brain that determine brain size.
For toddlers with autism, more intervention hours are not necessarily better
October 19, 2020
Two prominent early intervention models for toddlers with autism show a very similar impact, whether delivered at 15-hours or 25-hours per week intensities, a study has found.
Children with autism, ADHD have more doctor and hospital visits during infancy
October 19, 2020
Children who are later diagnosed with autism and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder visit doctors and hospitals more often in their first year of life than non-affected children, suggesting a potential new way to identify the conditions early....
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Nerves that sense touch may play role in autism
October 14, 2020
Autism is considered a disorder of the brain. But a new study suggests that the peripheral nervous system, the nerves that control our sense of touch, pain and other sensations, may play a role as well.
Multiple neurodevelopmental conditions may lead to worse educational outcomes
October 13, 2020
Scottish children with multiple neurodevelopmental conditions experience greater school absenteeism and exclusion, poorer exam attainment and increased unemployment, according to a study.
Breakthrough discovery in gene causing severe nerve conditions
October 8, 2020
Researchers have made a breakthrough genetic discovery into the cause of a spectrum of severe neurological conditions.
Telehealth trains parents to improve behavior skills of children with autism
October 6, 2020
Training parents of children with autism spectrum disorder virtually about early behavioral intervention is an accessible and effective approach during the coronavirus pandemic or in other instances when in-person instruction is not possible, according to a new study....
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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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