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What to know about autism

What to know about autism

Autism or autism spectrum disorder causes a person to establish repetitive behavioral patterns and often impairs their social interactions with other people. Doctors typically diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in childhood when symptoms can occur before 3 years of age, according to the American Autism Association. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control […]

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What does autism look like in the brain?

What does autism look like in the brain?

People on the autism spectrum often dislike exposure to unexpected stimuli, but why is that? New research takes a look at what happens in the brain, and how that relates to a person’s ability to tolerate exposure to various stimuli. What happens in the brains of people with autism? “People with autism do not like […]

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Autism: What is the link with zinc?

Autism: What is the link with zinc?

Earlier research indicated an association between zinc and autism. However, until now, understanding the connection has been challenging. A new study lifts the lid on the zinc-autism connection. A new study, published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, suggests that a zinc deficiency in early childhood may contribute to autism. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, tends […]

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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 […]