Autism News

Common Genes Linked to Autism

July 21st, 2014
New research sheds light on autism as scientists discover most of the genetic risk for the disorder comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous mutations. In the largest study of its kind ...

Mother’s Birthplace a Risk Factor for Autism

June 28th, 2014
The place where a woman was born and raised can be a risk factor for autism in her children, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. In the U.S., children of foreign-born women tend to have a higher risk for ...

In Autism, Facial Expression Recognition Tends to Worsen with Age

June 21st, 2014
Recognizing emotional facial expressions, an ability already impaired in many of those with autism, tends to get worse over time, according to new research from Georgetown University. “Our findings suggest that while neurodevelopmental processes and social experience produce improvements in facial emotion recognition abilities ...

Lifetime Care for Autism With Cognitive Deficits Costs Millions

June 10th, 2014
Lifetime Care for Autism With Cognitive Deficits Costs MillionsAutism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that leads to significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania and the ...

Mice Study Links Air Pollution to Autism, Schizophrenia

June 9th, 2014
Mice Study Links Air Pollution to Autism, Schizophrenia A new research describes how the brains of mice are damaged by exposure to air pollution in early life. The brain damage includes the enlargement of a ...

Gene Network Involved in Autism, ADHD, Schizophrenia

June 8th, 2014
Gene Network Involved in Autism, ADHD, SchizophreniaResearchers have discovered several gene networks involved in autism. One was also found to affect some patients with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and schizophrenia -- raising the possibility ...

SSRIs During Pregnancy Tied to Uptick in Autism

June 4th, 2014
SSRIs During Pregnancy Tied to Uptick in AutismA new study suggests using common antidepressant medications during pregnancy may contribute to a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children, although this risk is ...

New Research Shows Environment May Factor Into Autism

June 1st, 2014
New Research Shows Environmental Influences May Cause AutismNew research has found that some cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may result from environmental influences rather than gene mutations. Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of ...

Screening for Autism, From Video Analysis to Apps

May 23rd, 2014
Screening for Autism, From Video Analysis to AppsA new video software tool for screening autism spectrum disorders is close to being rolled out by Duke University researchers -- who expect it to quickly be rendered ...

Wiring for Touch Said to Go Awry in Autism

May 23rd, 2014
Wiring for Touch Said to Go Awry in Autism Scientists now belief touch sometimes involves emotions, a finding that may help to explain some of the issues related to autistic spectrum disorders. For example, ...