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Yale-led project continues probe into biological markers of autism

Five years ago, a Yale-led partnership launched a landmark study to identify the biomarkers, or biological indicators, of autism that could help diagnose, track, and assess treatments in patients. Since then, the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials has discovered the first two biomarkers for any psychiatric disorder to be accepted into the U.S. Food and Drug […]

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Hearing test may detect autism in newborns

For years, researchers have known through numerous studies that hearing and other sensory systems of adults and children who have autism differ from children or adults without autism. Now, the University of Miami and Harvard Medical School researchers who explored responses to the standard hearing test administered to millions of newborns around the world, are […]

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Hearing test may detect autism in newborns

For years, researchers have known through numerous studies that hearing and other sensory systems of adults and children who have autism differ from children or adults without autism. Now, the University of Miami and Harvard Medical School researchers who explored responses to the standard hearing test administered to millions of newborns around the world, are […]

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Fish give insight on sound sensitivity in autism

A tiny fish is helping scientists understand how the human brain processes sound, while also giving insight to autism spectrum disorder. Scientists at The University of Queensland used zebrafish that carry the same genetic mutations as humans with Fragile X syndrome and autism, and discovered the neural networks and pathways that produce the hypersensitivities to sound in […]

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Mid-levels of immune marker at birth may protect against autism

Autism spectrum disorder debuts in childhood and is a neuropsychiatric condition characterised by limited communication and social skills and repetitive behaviour. The causes of ASD include genetic and environmental factors but are largely still unknown. Previous studies have shown that serious maternal infection during pregnancy is linked to an increased risk for autism in the offspring. […]

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Mid-levels of immune marker at birth may protect against autism

Autism spectrum disorder debuts in childhood and is a neuropsychiatric condition characterised by limited communication and social skills and repetitive behaviour. The causes of ASD include genetic and environmental factors but are largely still unknown. Previous studies have shown that serious maternal infection during pregnancy is linked to an increased risk for autism in the offspring. […]

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Activity levels among children with autism spectrum disorder linked to parental behaviour: U of T study

Children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) engage in less physical activity than their peers, a University of Toronto study has found. The research, published recently in Autism, examined the relationship between parents’ support for physical activity and physical activity levels of children and youth with an autism spectrum disorder. “We know that parent support for physical […]

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ADHD genetic risk score associated with intervention outcomes in autism.

Researchers from Karolinska Institutet demonstrate that genetic risk score for ADHD can influence how autistic individuals respond to standard interventions and the specific program on social skills training KONTAKT®. This study is now published in npj Genomic Medicine. “Our ultimate goal is to be able to use genetic information to tailor intervention plans in autism,” […]

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Research challenges conventional wisdom about key autism trait

A new study into the causes of sensorimotor impairments prevalent among autistic people could pave the way for better treatment and management in the future, say psychologists. Publishing findings in the leading journal BRAIN, the scientists from the universities of Exeter and Bath present fresh evidence that sensorimotor difficulties associated with autism are likely caused by a […]