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What are the symptoms of autism in a 3-year-old?

What are the symptoms of autism in a 3-year-old?

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Researchers devise a more ‘child-friendly’ test for autism

Researchers devise a more ‘child-friendly’ test for autism

The current methods of diagnosing autism in children use questionnaires and psychologist evaluations. However, these methods can be stressful for those at a young age. New research now suggests an easy, more stress-free test that simply tracks the gaze. Researchers have devised a new, less stressful method of diagnosing autism based on ‘how a child […]

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How a unique gene mutation may drive autism

How a unique gene mutation may drive autism

Which factors drive autism? This is a question to which researchers still have no answer. Now, a new study conducted in mice and assessing data from humans suggests that a unique genetic mutation may play a key role in early brain development, contributing to autism. One gene that plays a key role in early cortical […]

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What is the difference between autism and ADHD?

What is the difference between autism and ADHD?

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What to know about autism in girls

What to know about autism in girls

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Could processed foods explain why autism is on the rise?

Could processed foods explain why autism is on the rise?

For the first time, scientists have found a molecular connection between a common food preservative, neuronal disruption, and autism spectrum disorder. The findings suggest that there may be a link between the consumption of processed foods during pregnancy and the rise of autism. A new study finds a link between processed foods and autism. The […]

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What to know about Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD

What to know about Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD

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What to know about executive function disorder

What to know about executive function disorder

Executive function is a broad group of mental skills that enable people to complete tasks and interact with others. An executive function disorder can impair a person’s ability to organize themselves and control their behavior. However, executive function disorder is not a specific, standalone diagnosis or condition. Instead, neurological, mental health, and behavioral disorders, such […]

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Brain changes may explain why exercise relieves autism in mice

Brain changes may explain why exercise relieves autism in mice

Exercise appears to alter the brain in ways that can reduce some of the characteristics of autism in mice. In a mouse model, exercise helped remove surplus connections between neurons, which is a hallmark of autism. In mice bred to model autism spectrum disorder (ASD), scientists at the University of Tokyo in Japan found that […]

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Autism and the gut microbiome: Further evidence strengthens link

Autism and the gut microbiome: Further evidence strengthens link

Gut bacteria may contribute directly to the development of autism-like behaviors, according to the results of a new study in mice. Examining gut bacteria reveals new clues about autism. In their study, which features in the journal Cell, researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena built on the work of previous studies […]