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Receptors in brain linked to schizophrenia, autism
Aug 11, 2015
The loss of a critical receptor, mGluR5, in a special class of inhibitory neurons may be responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and schizophrenia, according to new research by Salk scientists.
Autism and apraxia often coincide
May 27, 2015
Some children with autism should undergo ongoing screenings for apraxia because the 2 conditions often go hand-in-hand, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Over the course of a 3-year study, 64% of children initially diagnosed with autism were found to also have apraxia. The study also showed that the commonly used Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorder accurately diagnoses autism in children with apraxia.
New autism-causing genetic variant identified
Mar 27, 2015
Using a novel approach that hones in on rare families severely affected by autism, a Johns Hopkins-led team of researchers has identified a new genetic cause of the disease. The rare genetic variant offers important insights into the root causes of autism, and results add to evidence that abnormal synaptic function may underlie the cognitive defects in autism.
Blood test may shed new light on Fragile X-related disorders
Mar 26, 2015
By looking at the molecular aftermath of concussion in an unusual way, a team of researchers has developed a candidate panel of blood biomarkers that can accurately signal mild traumatic brain injury within hours using standard, widely available lab arrays. The results appear in a new study in the Journal of Neurotrauma.
Autistic and nonautistic brain differences isolated for first time
Mar 19, 2015
Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed Brain-Wide Association Analysis (BWAS), which is the first methodology capable of creating panoramic views of the whole brain and which provides scientists with an accurate 3D model to study. The researchers used BWAS to identify regions of the brain that may make a major contribution to the symptoms of autism.
Study finds new ADHD genes, links susceptibility with autism and other neuropsychiatric conditions
Aug 11, 2011
New research has identified more genes in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and shows that there is an overlap between some of these genes and those found in other neuropsychiatric conditions such as autism spectrum disorder.
Brain imaging research reveals why autistic individuals confuse pronouns
Aug 01, 2011
A new brain imaging study published in the journal Brain provides an explanation as to why autistic individuals' use of the wrong pronoun is more than simply a word choice problem. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging found that errors in choosing a self-referring pronoun reflect a disordered neural representation of the self, a function processed by at least 2 brain areas—1 frontal and 1 posterior.
Weak synchronization in toddler brains may be a biological marker for autism
Jul 25, 2011
Scientists have found, for the first time, a method that can accurately identify a biological sign of autism in very young toddlers. By scanning the brain activity of sleeping children, the scientists discovered that the autistic brains exhibited significantly weaker synchronization between brain areas tied to language and communication, compared to that of nonautistic children.
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