Autism

Using gene editing, neuroscientists develop a new model for autism
June 12, 2019
Using the genome-editing system CRISPR, researchers at MIT and in China have engineered macaque monkeys to express a gene mutation linked to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders in humans. These monkeys show some behavioral traits and brain connectivity patterns similar to those seen in ...
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Bullying gets worse as children with autism get older
June 12, 2019
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to experience bullying than children without ASD and this bullying gets worse with age, according to new research.
Mouse study finds BPA exposure has transgenerational effects on gene linked to autism
June 12, 2019
Transgenerational bisphenol A (BPA) exposure may contribute to autism, according to a mouse study published in the Endocrine Society's journal .
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals or mixtures of chemicals that interfere with the way the body's hormones work. BPA is a ...
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Brain changes may explain why exercise relieves autism in mice
June 6, 2019
Exercise appears to alter the brain in ways that can reduce some of the characteristics of autism in mice.
In mice bred to model autism spe...
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Classification system based on co-occurring conditions may provide insight into autism
May 31, 2019
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often affected by co-occurring conditions, such as epilepsy, immune disorders, gastrointestinal problems, and developmental delays. According to research published in , creating a classification system for ASD based on co-occurring conditions could...
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Autism and the gut microbiome: Further evidence strengthens link
May 31, 2019
Gut bacteria may contribute directly to the development of autism-like behaviors, according to the results of a new study in mice.
In their study, which features in the journal , researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Calt...
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Research confirms gut-brain connection in autism
May 30, 2019
People with autism often suffer from gut problems, but nobody has known why. Researchers have now discovered the same gene mutations -- found both in the brain and the gut -- could be the cause.
The discovery confirms a gut-brain nervous system link in autism, opening a new direction ...
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New causes of autism found in 'junk' DNA
May 27, 2019
Leveraging artificial intelligence techniques, researchers have demonstrated that mutations in so-called 'junk' DNA can cause autism. The study, published May 27 in , is the first to functionally link such mutations to the neurodevelopmental condition.
The research was led by Olga Tro...
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Infants later diagnosed with autism seldom initiate joint attention
May 22, 2019
In typical development, both infants and their parents flexibly use verbal and non-verbal behaviors to establish frequent episodes of joint attention, such as when a child follows her parent's gaze to look at an airplane in the sky. A new study published in shows that infants who are later diagn...
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Scientists succeed in testing potential brain-based method to diagnose autism
May 20, 2019
Scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine have taken the first step in developing an objective, brain-based test to diagnose autism.
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the team was able to measure the response of autistic children to different environmental cues by...
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