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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.
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.
New clinical trial to examine medication to treat social withdrawal in fragile X and autism patients
Jul 20, 2011
Children and adults with social withdrawal due to Fragile X syndrome, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and the most common known single gene cause of autism, may benefit from an experimental drug under study by pediatric neurologists at Rush Children’s Hospital at Rush University Medical Center.
Biomarker for autism discovered
Jul 12, 2011
Siblings of people with autism show a similar pattern of brain activity to that seen in people with autism when looking at emotional facial expressions. University of Cambridge researchers identified the reduced activity in a part of the brain associated with empathy and argue it may be a 'biomarker' for a familial risk of autism.
Study of twins suggests genetic component of autism spectrum disorders may be moderate
Jul 05, 2011
After evaluating twin pairs in which at least one child has autism or autism spectrum disorder, researchers suggest that the shared environment may play a more substantial role in development of the condition than shared genes do.
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