Autism

Genomic 'butterfly effect' explains risk for autism spectrum disorder
January 26, 2024
Researchers examined the genetics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by analyzing mutations in the genomes of individuals and their families. They discovered that a special kind of genetic mutation works differently from typical mutations in how it contributes to the condition....
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Blood pressure drug can reduce anxiety for people with autism, study shows
January 23, 2024
A new study has found that propranolol, a medication that treats high blood pressure, can also help lower anxiety for kids and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
How does social attention develop in autistic children?
January 13, 2024
As they grow, children increasingly focus their attention on social elements in their environment, such as faces or social interactions. However, children with autism are often more interested in non-social stimuli, such as textures or geometric shapes. By tracking where children look while viewing ...
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Putting your toddler in front of the TV? You might hurt their ability to process the world around them, new data suggests
January 8, 2024
Babies and toddlers exposed to television or video viewing may be more likely to exhibit atypical sensory behaviors, such as being disengaged and disinterested in activities, seeking more intense stimulation in an environment, or being overwhelmed by sensations like loud sounds or bright lights, acc...
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Enlarged spaces in infant brains linked to higher risk of autism, sleep problems
January 2, 2024
Researchers have found that enlarged perivascular spaces in the brains of babies, caused by an accumulation of excess cerebrospinal fluid, have a 2.2 times greater chance of developing autism later in life.
Protein-protein interaction discovery unveils Down syndrome's molecular mechanism potential
December 19, 2023
Down syndrome, a congenital disorder stemming from abnormal cell division and differentiation, is most common in newborns fated to neurodevelopmental delays and other health complications. The genetic defect causes the dysfunction of the protein kinase DYRK1A, which is encoded on chromosome 21 and ...
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The pedigree of brain cells
December 13, 2023
The superior colliculus in the mammalian brain takes on many important tasks by making sense of our environment. Any mistakes during the development of this brain region can lead to severe neurological disorders. Scientists have now delineated the pedigree and origin of nerve cells that make up the ...
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Social chatbots and their impact on neurodiverse people
December 11, 2023
New research shows that social chatbots could be doing more harm than good for neurodiverse people, entrenching social isolation and reinforcing dysfunctional habits among many people with autism, anxiety and limited social skills.
Glial tone of aggression
December 5, 2023
While anger and aggression are instinctive behaviors found across many species, leaving these emotions unchecked can lead to conflict and violence. In a recent study, researchers demonstrated that neuronal-glial interactions in the cerebellum determine the degree of aggression exhibited by mice. Thi...
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Three genes associated with neurodevelopmental disorders identified
November 28, 2023
Researchers have identified how three novel genes cause neurodevelopmental disorders. Researchers now have a better sense of the genes' roles in human brain development and function and their ability to serve as potential therapeutic targets in the future....
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