Study reveals reasons for delays in early autism diagnoses
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A new study has found many Australian children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may not be diagnosed until long after initial signs appear, prompting calls for improvements to the diagnostic process.
Helping children with autism transfer new communication skills from home to school
Jun 22, 2016
A new study is testing whether an intervention with parents and teachers can help children with autism transfer newly acquired social communication skills from home into school.
Sharing treatment decisions challenges doctors and parents of young children with autism
Jun 20, 2016
Parents of young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may experience significant difficulties in discussing treatment options with the child's pediatrician, according to new research. Among the barriers ...
Mothers with diabetes, other metabolic conditions, more likely to also have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies
Jun 17, 2016
Mothers of children with autism and were diagnosed with metabolic conditions during pregnancy, particularly gestational and type 2 diabetes, were more likely to have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies in their blood compared ...
A single species of gut bacteria can reverse autism-related social behavior in mice
Jun 16, 2016
The absence of one specific species of gut bacteria causes social deficits in mice, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine report June 16 in Cell. By adding this bacterial species back to the guts of affected mice, the ...
Mouse study suggests autism is not just a disease of the brain
Jun 09, 2016
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by impaired social interactions and repetitive behaviors, often accompanied by abnormal reactions to sensory stimuli. ASD is generally thought to be caused by deficits in ...
Stress exposure during pregnancy observed in mothers of children with autism
Jun 07, 2016
Stress during pregnancy has been linked to several conditions, including some instances of autism spectrum disorder. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have observed a variant of a stress-sensitive ...
Autism with intellectual disability linked to mother's immune dysfunction during pregnancy
Jun 07, 2016
Pregnant women with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, proteins that control communication between cells of the immune system, may be at significantly greater risk of having a child with autism combined ...
'Emotional blindness'—not autism—linked to impaired perception of internal sensations
Jun 06, 2016
A new study by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has identified a link between impaired interoception - the ability to perceive internal sensations such as hunger, pain, disgust ...
Novel mouse model sheds new light on autism spectrum disorder
Jun 01, 2016
A new mouse model, developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the first to show that when more of a specific biological molecule moves between different parts of nerve cells in the mouse brain, it ...