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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.

Inflamed support cells appear to contribute to some kinds of autism

Modeling the interplay between neurons and astrocytes derived from children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), researchers say innate inflammation in the latter appears to contribute to neuronal dysfunction in at least some forms of the disease.

Signaling pathway may be key to why autism is more common in boys

Researchers have discovered sex differences in a brain signaling pathway involved in reward learning and motivation that make male mice more vulnerable to an autism-causing genetic glitch.

State laws requiring autism coverage by private insurers led to increases in autism care

The enactment of state laws mandating coverage of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was followed by sizable increases in insurer-covered ASD care and associated spending, a new study has found.

Mom's immune response could trigger social deficits for kids with autism

Children with autism are more likely to show severe social symptoms if their mother had chronic asthma or allergies while pregnant, a new study reveals.

Cannabidiol benefits and mechanisms shown in mouse study of Dravet syndrome

Cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating derivative from cannabis, has been shown to reduce seizures and autism-like behaviors in a mouse model of a genetic disorder, Dravet syndrome. Children with this devastating condition have difficult-to-treat epilepsy, cognitive impairments, and problems with social interactions. Show More Summary

Human brain recalls visual features in reverse order than it detects them

New research has contributed to solving a paradox of perception, literally upending models of how the brain constructs interpretations of the outside world. When observing a scene, the brain first processes details -- spots, lines and...Show More Summary

Genetic body/brain connection identified in genomic region linked to autism

For the first time, scientists have documented a direct link between deletions in two genes--fam57ba and doc2a--in zebrafish and certain brain and body traits, such as seizures, hyperactivity, large head size, and increased fat content. Show More Summary

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