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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

With Autism on the Rise, Science Is on the Hunt for Answers

Jan. 30, 2019 — Scientists have used two brain imaging techniques to study autism. They found a correlation between brain activity, amino acid byproduct concentrations, and severity of autism ... read more

Specific Difficulties Faced by People With Autism

Jan. 25, 2019 — Theory of mind, or the ability to represent other people's minds as distinct from one's own, can be difficult for people with autism. A new test provides researchers with a better ... read more

Interactions of Messenger RNAs and Micro-RNAs During Brain Development

Jan. 28, 2019 — One of the big challenges in neurobiology is cell classification, a problem compounded by the fact that the same cell type can look different depending on the method of analysis used to classify it ... read more

Genetic Risk for ADHD Manifest in Brain Structure in Childhood

Jan. 24, 2019 — There is only scant scientific evidence on whether the genetic risk for developing specific psychiatric disorders or cognitive traits is manifest in brain structure from childhood and, to date, ... read more

Children Shape Their Learning Environment

Jan. 24, 2019 — Researchers are exploring how parents and children influence each other when they interact, and the longer term impact this has on language ... read more

Positive Well-Being May Protect Against Depression in People With Autism

Jan. 24, 2019 — In a new study of 36 newly employed adults with autism spectrum disorder who were participating in a supported employment program, positive well-being -- or a sense of happiness and life satisfaction ... read more

Jan. 24, 2019 — Scientists developed a novel-video based behavioral analysis system for long-term behavioral tracking of multiple mice. With this software, they discovered that social isolation of male mice during ... read more

Suicide Risk in People With Autism

Jan. 23, 2019 — Researchers have conducted the first population-based study of suicidality in individuals with ASD in the United States. The 20-year retrospective study found that for individuals with autism, ... read more

New Findings Reveal Surprising Role of the Cerebellum in Reward and Social Behaviors

Jan. 17, 2019 — A study in rodents found that the brain's cerebellum -- known to play a role in motor coordination -- also helps control the brain's reward circuitry. Researchers found a direct neural ... read more

Jan. 7, 2019 — Researchers compared stem cells created from individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) against stem cells created from those without ASD to uncover, for the first time, measurable differences ... read more

PAC1R Mutation May Be Linked to Severity of Social Deficits in Autism

Jan. 7, 2019 — If the pilot findings are corroborated in larger, multi-center studies, the research represents the first step toward identifying a potential novel biomarker to guide interventions and better predict ... read more

Adults With Autism Can Read Complex Emotions in Others

Jan. 7, 2019 — New research shows for the first time that adults with autism can recognize complex emotions such as regret and relief in others as easily as those without the ... read more

Can a Video Game-Based 'Digital Medicine' Help Children With Autism and Co-Occurring ADHD?

Jan. 3, 2019 — Researchers evaluated a digital medicine tool designed as an investigational treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring attention/deficit-hyperactivity disorder ... read more

Meta-Analysis Highlights Important Challenges in Cognitive Processing for Adults With ASD

Jan. 2, 2019 — New study results contribute to understanding of patterns of cognitive functioning in adults with autism and highlight the importance of a broader approach when studying ... read more

'A Way Cool Way to Be': Study Offers New Insights Into Children With Autism

Jan. 2, 2019 — In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers was able to perform functional MRIs of a group of children with autism whose IQs averaged 54. The scans offer a glimpse into what's ... read more

Dec. 27, 2018 — Every time we look at a face, we take in a flood of information effortlessly: age, gender, race, expression, the direction of our subject's gaze, perhaps even their mood. How the brain does this ... read more

A Role for microRNAs in Social Behavior

Dec. 14, 2018 — Researchers have uncovered a microRNA cluster that regulates synaptic strength and is involved in the control of social behavior in mammals. The researchers presume that their discovery may point to ... read more

In the Developing Brain, Scientists Find Roots of Neuropsychiatric Diseases

Dec. 13, 2018 — The most comprehensive genomic analysis of the human brain ever undertaken has revealed new insights into the changes it undergoes through development, how it varies among individuals, and the roots ... read more

Noncoding Mutations Contribute to Autism Risk

Dec. 13, 2018 — A whole-genome sequencing study of nearly 2,000 families has implicated mutations in 'promoter regions' of the genome -- regions that precede the start of a gene -- in autism. The study is ... read more

Scientists Create Genomic Resource to Explore Biological Underpinnings of Brain Disorders

Dec. 13, 2018 — Scientists have developed a model of unprecedented sophistication that relates variations in DNA and gene activity to the risk of brain ... read more

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