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Autism Parent Memoirs: Illuminating or Exploitive?

How is it that non autistic parents can hail a memoir of raising an autistic child, even as actual autistic people rise up in outrage at how hurtful and destructive the book is?

Selecting sounds: How the brain knows what to listen to

How is it that we are able -- without any noticeable effort -- to listen to a friend talk in a crowded café or follow the melody of a violin within an orchestra? Scientists have developed a new approach to how the brain singles out a specific stream of sound from other distracting sounds.

Atlas of developing human brain launched by researchers

Scientists have taken the first step towards a comprehensive atlas of gene expression in cells across the developing human brain, making available new insights into how specific cells and gene networks contribute to building this most...Show More Summary

Right-handed or left-handed? Hand preference during gestation

Are you born or do you become right-handed or left-handed? A study shows that hand preference is already well defined at the 18th gestational week. The predictive capacity of the method used seems a good starting point for the early recognition of pathologies characterized by cerebral asymmetries, such as depression, schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders.

Low vitamin D levels at birth linked to higher autism risk

Low vitamin D levels at birth are associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) at the age of 3 years.

How having too much or too little of CHRNA7 can lead to neuropsychiatric disorders

Using new pluripotent stem cell technology, researchers have discovered unexpected effects on calcium flux on neurons from patients with neuropsychiatric disorders carrying either fewer or extra copies of the CHRNA7 gene.

Autism and the smell of fear

Autism typically involves the inability to read social cues. We most often associate this with visual difficulty in interpreting facial expression, but new research suggests that the sense of smell may also play a central role in autism.

School exacerbates feelings of being 'different' in pupils with Autism Spectrum Conditions

Negative school experiences can have harmful long term effects on pupils with Autism Spectrum Conditions, a new study reports.

Innovative genetic, cellular techniques help identify multiple disease targets

Advances in the use of CRISPR-Cas9 and human induced pluripotent stem cell technologies to identify novel therapeutic targets for neurological disorders such as schizophrenia and addiction have been highlighted by researchers.

Sex, Lies, and Autism Research - getting value for our money

We’ve spent over a billion dollars studying autism in the past decade. Yet precious little has changed for autistic people. An autistic adult asks why, and offers some advice

Breakthrough research suggests potential treatment for autism, intellectual disability

A research team has identified the pathological mechanism for a certain type of autism and intellectual disability by creating a genetically modified mouse. They are hopeful it could eventually lead to a therapeutic fix.

Induced pluripotent stem cells show astrocyte-neuron impact on brain pathology in autism

Using human induced pluripotent stem cells to model autism spectrum disorder, researchers have revealed for the first time that abnormalities in the supporting cells of the brain, called astrocytes, may contribute to the cause of the disorder.

Dysfunction of intricate astrocyte cells may underlie autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy

The unique architecture of star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes plays a key role in regulating the development and function of neural synapses in the brain, says new research. The findings indicate that astrocyte dysfunction may underlie neuronal problems observed in devastating diseases like autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy.

Stimulating formation of new neural connections in the adult brain

Scientists have found a way to stimulate formation of new neural connections in the adult brain in a study that could eventually help humans fend off memory loss, brain trauma and other ailments in the central nervous system.

Lending late neurons a helping hand

Researchers have discovered that even a slight delay of the neuronal migration may lead to behavioral disorders that are similar to autistic characteristics in human. Furthermore, they found that these disorders are due to the abnormally low activity of the late neurons, which leads to permanent deficit of interneuronal connections. Show More Summary

Autism: Relational factors in music therapy

Relational factors in music therapy can contribute to a positive outcome of therapy for children with autism.

Brain activity is inherited, may inform treatment for ADHD, autism

A new study concludes that while individually unique, each connectotype demonstrates both familial and heritable relationships.

In autism, too many brain connections may be at root of condition

Mutations in a gene linked to autism in people causes neurons to form too many connections in rodents, according to a new study. The findings suggest that malfunctions in communication between brain cells could be at the root of aut...

Blood-based epigenetic research may hold clues to autism biology, study suggests

Using data from blood and brain tissue, a team led by researchers found that they could gain insights into mechanisms that might help explain autism by analyzing the interplay between genes and chemical tags that control whether genes are used to make a protein, called epigenetic marks.

People with autism at greater risk of attempting suicide

People who show characteristics of autism are more at risk of attempting suicide, according to a new study.

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