Autism News

Paternal Obesity Raises Child’s Risk for Autism

April 12th, 2014
Paternal Obesity Raises Child's Risk for AutismChildren with obese fathers may be 53 percent more likely to develop autism than children with average size dads, according to a Norwegian study published in the journal Pediatrics. "Previous research ...

New Computer Model Recognizes 21 Distinct Facial Expressions

April 12th, 2014
New Computer Model Recognizes 21 Distinct Facial ExpressionsA new computer model designed by Ohio State University researchers can recognize 21 facial expressions -- even those that are seemingly contradictory, such as “happily disgusted” or ...

Tracking Neural Circuits That Help ID Popular People, Ideas

April 8th, 2014
Tracking Neural Circuits That Help ID Popular People, IdeasAs presented during the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), researchers are using technology to map how the brain recognizes popular people, reacts to ...

Study Shows Autism Begins During Pregnancy

April 7th, 2014
Study Shows Autism Begins During Pregnancy Emerging research presents new evidence that autism begins during pregnancy. Investigators analyzed 25 genes in postmortem brain tissue of children with and without autism. These included genes that serve ...

Environment Can Affect Gene Expression in Autism

March 27th, 2014
Environment Can Affect Gene Expression in AutismRecent findings suggest that certain environmental factors can influence the development of autism spectrum disorder. About one in 100 people have a form of autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. These ...

Sharing Sounds with Caregiver Helps Child Learn to Talk

March 20th, 2014
Sharing Sounds with Caregiver Helps Child Learn to Talk  New research suggests the social feedback loop that develops when parents and children "talk" to each other is important for language development. Moreover, the loop ...

No Relationship Between Contagious Yawning and Empathy

March 17th, 2014
No Relationship Between Contagious Yawning and EmpathyNew research suggests that contagious yawning is not connected with empathy, a finding that refutes earlier hypotheses. Investigators from the Duke Center for Human Genome Variation discovered contagious yawning ...

Study Suggests Congenital Toxin Exposure Impacts Autism

March 16th, 2014
Study Suggests Congenital Toxin Exposure Impacts AutismIn an analysis of U.S. medical records, counties with higher rates of genital deformities in newborn males also had higher rates of autism and intellectual disability (ID). This suggests the ...

Soy Formula Linked to Seizures in Autistic Children

March 15th, 2014
Soy Formula Linked to Seizures in Autistic ChildrenNew research has detected a higher rate of seizures among children with autism who were fed infant formula containing soy protein rather than milk protein. The study found ...

Kids With ADHD, Autism More Likely to Have Gender Identity Issues

March 13th, 2014
Kids With ADHD, Autism More Likely to Have Gender Identity IssuesChildren and teenagers with an autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit and hyperactivity problems are more likely to wish to be another gender, according ...