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New guidelines employ a team approach to autism diagnosis and care

Improving diagnosis and treatment for individuals with autism has been the focus of a growing body of research. New information from these studies led the...

New autism definition may decrease diagnosis by one-third

New diagnosis guidelines for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) issued by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) may reduce by almost one third the total number...

Gathering the clues to rare gene variants contributing to schizophrenia

Schizophrenia has long been known to be highly heritable and is present in approximately 1% of the population. Researchers have been following two paths...

Senses of sight and sound out of sync in autistic kids

Like watching a foreign movie that was badly dubbed, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have trouble integrating simultaneous information from their eyes and...

Autism symptoms may get better with a job

More independent work environments may lead to reductions in autism symptoms and improve daily living in adults with the disorder, according to a Vanderbilt...

Revised autism screening tool offers more precise assessment

An updated screening tool that physicians administer to parents to help determine if a very young child has autism has been shown to be...

Research linking autism symptoms to gut microbes called ‘groundbreaking’

A new study showing that feeding mice a beneficial type of bacteria can ameliorate autism-like symptoms is “groundbreaking,” according to University of Colorado Boulder...

Worms and hot baths: Novel approaches to treating autism

A new study shows that two unusual treatment approaches may have beneficial effects on the symptoms of autism in children and adults with the...

Probiotic Therapy Alleviates Autism-like Behaviors in Mice

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is diagnosed when individuals exhibit characteristic behaviors that include repetitive actions, decreased social interactions, and impaired communication. Curiously, many individuals...

Sniff of love hormone ups brain function in autistic children

A single dose of the hormone oxytocin, delivered via nasal spray, has been shown to enhance brain activity while processing social information in children...

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