Autism News

No Link Found Between Autism and Oxytocin-Induced Labor

February 8th, 2015
Early findings reveal good news in the largest-ever study of whether inducing or augmenting labor increases a child’s risk for developing autism -- researchers have found no increased risk associated with the practice, which involves a dose of synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin). The findings of ...
New Strategies May Reduce Autism in High-Risk Kids

New Strategies May Reduce Autism in High-Risk Kids

February 5th, 2015
A new study finds that parents can use a group of simple approaches to help one-year-olds at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). University of North Carolina researchers from the departments of Allied Health Sciences, Psychiatry and Psychology followed 18 families with a ...
Inability to Control Emotions Linked to Impaired Brain Activity in Autistic Adults

Inability to Control Emotions Linked to Impaired Brain Activity in Autistic Adults

February 1st, 2015
New research has found that when it comes to the ability to regulate emotions, the brain activity in autistic people is significantly different from the brain activity in people without autism. Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine say their ...
Autistic Kids Have Different Brain Activity during Play

Autistic Kids Have Different Brain Activity during Play

January 27th, 2015
A first of its-kind-study shows that brain activation patterns and stress levels in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are significantly different as compared with typically developing children. Researchers from Vanderbilt University examined social play exchanges on multiple levels, revealing associations among brain ...
Imaging Study Finds Unique Brain Patterns Among Autistic

Imaging Study Finds Unique Brain Patterns Among Autistic

January 21st, 2015
Unfortunately, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) remains a condition that presents more questions than answers. Some studies have found a lack of connection or synchronization between different parts of the brain while other studies have found the exact opposite -- an over-synchronization in the ...
Gene Deficiency Triggers Autistic Symptoms in Mice

Gene Deficiency Triggers Autistic Symptoms in Mice

January 20th, 2015
New findings strongly associate a certain gene with autistic symptoms. Autism is a highly heritable disorder, with up to 90 percent likelihood of both identical twins having the condition. Mutations in the NRXN2 gene, which makes a protein called alpha-neurexin II, have previously ...
Two-Minute Imaging Test for Autism in the Works

Two-Minute Imaging Test for Autism in the Works

January 16th, 2015
Scientists have developed a brain-imaging technique that may be able to detect autism spectrum disorder in only two minutes, according to new research published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. The scanning procedure, which reveals the brain’s response to thoughts of ‘self-perspective,’ ...
Brief Pediatric Exams May Not Detect Autism

Brief Pediatric Exams May Not Detect Autism

January 13th, 2015
For many physicians, the economic demands of managed care necessitate a greater volume of medical visits with each visit of limited duration. A new study in the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics shows that medical professionals cannot rely solely on their clinical judgment to detect ...
Fermented Food and Mental Health

Mounting Research Shows Gut-Brain Connection

January 12th, 2015
Over the past decade, numerous studies have linked the gut microbiome to a range of behaviors and body functions, such as appetite, cravings, mood, and emotion. The gut appears to help maintain brain function and has been increasingly proven to influence the ...
Circumcision Linked to Increased Risk of Autism

Circumcision Linked to Increased Risk of Autism

January 10th, 2015
New research has found that circumcised boys are more likely than intact boys to develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) before the age of 10. The risk is particularly high for infantile autism before the age of five, according to researchers in Copenhagen. The study, ...