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Could poor protein trafficking be a factor in autism?

Could poor protein trafficking be a factor in autism?

A protein whose mutations are found in people with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions helps keep connections between neurons in the brain running smoothly. People with autism have a mutated protein that disrupts the connections between neurons. Newly published research — led by Rockefeller University in New York City, NY — reveals that the protein […]

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Autism prognosis: Parental genes ‘incredibly useful’

Autism prognosis: Parental genes ‘incredibly useful’

While one main risk gene may make an individual susceptible to autism or another neurodevelopmental disorder, it is the whole collection of associated changes in their DNA that decides whether they develop it and how severe it becomes. Researchers now know the importance of a family’s genetic background in predicting how a person’s ASD will […]

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Pesticide may increase autism risk

Pesticide may increase autism risk

A landmark study published this week in the American Journal of Psychiatry describes a correlation between pesticide levels in a mother’s blood and autism risk in their infants. DDT, once widely used, may play a role in autism. Autism is a developmental disorder that affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States. […]

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Reversing autism with a cancer drug

Reversing autism with a cancer drug

Researchers may have found a promising new treatment for a genetic form of autism. Using experimental cancer drugs, scientists reversed the condition in mice. It may soon be possible to reverse and even prevent autism. According to the most recent estimates, 1 in 59 children in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). […]

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Autism blood test: One step closer

Autism blood test: One step closer

Following research published last year, a new paper outlines the further success of a diagnostic blood test for autism. The results could help to diagnose the condition at a younger age. Diagnosing autism with a blood test may soon be a reality. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of conditions that impact the way […]

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Can these hormones provide the key to autism, schizophrenia?

Can these hormones provide the key to autism, schizophrenia?

People with neuropsychiatric disorders — such as schizophrenia and autism — often display, among other symptoms, impaired social behavior. To address this, researchers looked into the impact of two hormones on social attitudes. Can oxytocin and vasopressin help to regulate impaired social behavior? In a new study, investigators at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia […]

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What effect does ADHD have on sexuality?

What effect does ADHD have on sexuality?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) causes a range of symptoms, including hyperactivity, difficulty paying attention, and behavioral problems. ADHD may also affect romantic relationships, feelings of self-worth, or even the ability to perform sexually. These markers are not used to make a diagnosis, and they may be due to the disorder itself or develop as […]

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Pupillary reflex may predict autism

Pupillary reflex may predict autism

A new study suggests that the pupillary light reflex — or how the eye’s pupil responds to light — in infants might be an early sign of autism. Your baby’s eyes may hold the key to diagnosing autism. Autism now affects about 1 in 59 children in the United States, which represents a significant increase […]

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Latest CDC autism figures show 15 percent rise

Latest CDC autism figures show 15 percent rise

The latest analysis published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes that autism might be more prevalent than previously estimated. They are now calling for more effort to be made toward early detection. Is autism on the rise, or are we better at catching it? Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are conditions that affect […]

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How inflammation and gut bacteria influence autism

How inflammation and gut bacteria influence autism

A new study investigates the relationship between autism, the immune system, gastrointestinal issues, and gut bacteria. The story is a complex one with many questions still remaining unanswered, but this latest project adds insight. A new study examines the communication lines between gut and brain. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect 1 in 68 children in […]