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Exceptional insight into diseases like autism offered by the BrainSpan Atlas

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:00
Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have generated a high-resolution blueprint for how to build a human brain, with a detailed map of where different genes are turned on and off during mid-pregnancy at unprecedented anatomical resolution. This first major report using data from the BrainSpan Atlas of the Developing Human Brain is published in the journal Nature this week.
Categories: Autism News

Autism: not just a childhood disorder

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:00
"My facial expressions and body language do not always match my mood. I may look terribly angry, but I am happy as can be. I am unable to read between the lines or communicate with hidden messages. Please try to take what I am saying at face value and do not try to read into it. I am not capable of that kind of phrasing.
Categories: Autism News

Tracking the origins of emotions in the brain: computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions - even 'happily disgusted'

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:00
Researchers at The Ohio State University have found a way for computers to recognize 21 distinct facial expressions - even expressions for complex or seemingly contradictory emotions such as "happily disgusted" or "sadly angry.
Categories: Autism News

LA BioMed launches study of MDMA-assisted therapy for social anxiety in autistic adults

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 05:00
Seeking new therapies for the treatment of social anxiety in autistic adults, researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) has announced that they are initiating a novel study into the safety and effectiveness of MDMA-assisted therapy.
Categories: Autism News

'Autism rates soar 30% in 2 years,' CDC say

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:00
The number of US children with autism spectrum disorder has soared approximately 30% in the past 2 years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In the surveillance summary report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers estimate that 1 in 68 children (14.
Categories: Autism News

A look inside brain cells offers new clue to autism

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 03:00
The problems people with autism have with memory formation, higher-level thinking and social interactions may be partially attributable to the activity of receptors inside brain cells, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have learned.
Categories: Autism News

Autism begins in the womb, according to a new study

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00
A new study claims to show for the first time that autism begins in the womb, while another examines possible environmental influences on autism development.The origins of autism have been passionately debated by many scientists and commentators. What is known about autism is that it is a physical condition, which is linked to abnormal biology and brain chemistry.
Categories: Autism News

Evidence supports it, so why are parents still reluctant to vaccinate their children?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:00
Nearly 16 years after his controversial study was first published, the work of the discredited British doctor Andrew Wakefield - the researcher who linked the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine with autism - is back in the news. Since 2010, Wakefield has been barred from practicing medicine in the UK. He now lives and works in the US where he retains a cult following.
Categories: Autism News

Association discovered between severity of autism symptoms and gene family linked to brain evolution

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 03:00
The same gene family that may have helped the human brain become larger and more complex than in any other animal is also linked to the severity of autism, according to new research from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.The gene family is made up of over 270 copies of a segment of DNA called DUF1220.
Categories: Autism News

Strategies for teaching common core to teens with autism show promise

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 05:00
Scientists at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) report that high school students with autism can learn under Common Core State Standards (CCSS), boosting their prospects for college and employment. Newly published recommendations from FPG's team also provide strategies for educating adolescents with autism under a CCSS curriculum.
Categories: Autism News

Language development aided by social feedback loop

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 03:00
Verbal interactions between parents and children create a social feedback loop important for language development, according to research forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. That loop appears to be experienced less frequently and is diminished in strength in interactions with autistic children.
Categories: Autism News

Promising strategies for teaching common core state standards to teens with autism

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 04:00
Scientists at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) report that high school students with autism can learn under Common Core State Standards (CCSS), boosting their prospects for college and employment. Newly published recommendations from FPG's team also provide strategies for educating adolescents with autism under a CCSS curriculum.
Categories: Autism News

Rebalancing the autistic brain with low doses of antianxiety drugs

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 03:00
New research in mice suggests that autism is characterized by reduced activity of inhibitory neurons and increased activity of excitatory neurons in the brain, but balance can be restored with low doses of a well-known class of drugs currently used in much higher doses to treat anxiety and epileptic seizures.
Categories: Autism News

Could understanding how the brain processes music help treat illness?

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 11:00
New research is expanding scientists' understanding of how the human brain processes music. We take a look at recent projects examining the interactions of music and neurology and ask what benefits this knowledge might have therapeutically or for future research.Doctors have long known that listening to music can cause physiological changes.
Categories: Autism News

Almost half of Americans believe in medical conspiracy theories

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:00
About half of all American adults believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, according to a study from researchers at the University of Chicago in Illinois and published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Categories: Autism News

Possible association between soy formula and seizures in children with autism

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 03:00
A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher 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 excess seizures among girls and in the total sample of 1,949 children.
Categories: Autism News

One gene plays critical role in brain development

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 03:00
Research from the University of Adelaide has confirmed that a gene linked to intellectual disability is critical to the earliest stages of the development of human brains.Known as USP9X, the gene has been investigated by Adelaide researchers for more than a decade, but in recent years scientists have begun to understand its particular importance to brain development.
Categories: Autism News

New study suggests contagious yawning is not linked to empathy

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 03:00
Along with the whereabouts of Bigfoot and the answer to whether we are alone in the universe, the mechanism behind contagious yawning remains one of life's great mysteries. Though previous studies have suggested a link to empathy, new research suggests this is not the case, rendering it still largely unexplained.
Categories: Autism News

Exposure to environmental toxins linked to autism incidence rates

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:00
Researchers from the University of Chicago have found that rates of autism and intellectually disability in the US correlate with incidence of genital malformation in newborn males at county level - an indicator of fetus exposure to harmful environmental factors, such as pesticides.The research team, including Prof.
Categories: Autism News

Key to independence for high schoolers with autism may be superior visual thinking

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 04:00
Researchers at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and UNC's School of Education report that teaching independence to adolescents with autism can provide a crucial boost to their chances for success after high school.
Categories: Autism News