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Air pollution and genetics combine to increase risk for autism

Exposure to air pollution appears to increase the risk for autism among people who carry a genetic disposition for the neurodevelopmental disorder, according to...

Focusing on faces: Autistic amygdala cells less sensitivity to eye region...

Difficulties in social interaction are considered to be one of the behavioral hallmarks of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Previous studies have shown these difficulties to...

Scientists Pinpoint Cell Type, Brain Region Affected by Autism Gene Mutations

A team led by UC San Francisco (UCSF) scientists has identified the disruption of a single type of cell – in a particular brain...

Link between pregnancy weight gain, autism?

Can gaining weight during pregnancy provide clues into the cause of autism spectrum disorders? New research from the University of Utah shows the answer to...

Night-time habits shed light on daytime behavior for those with autism

In graduate school, Kimberly A. Schreck met a 14-year-old boy with autism who changed her life. The boy didn’t just sleepwalk – he threw furniture...

How viral infection disrupts neural development in offspring, increasing risk of...

Activating a mother’s immune system during her pregnancy disrupts the development of neural cells in the brain of her offspring and damages the cells' ability...

Researchers discover a potential cause of autism

Problems with a key group of enzymes called topoisomerases can have profound effects on the genetic machinery behind brain development and potentially lead to...

Autism symptoms not explained by impaired attention

Autism is marked by several core features — impairments in social functioning, difficulty communicating, and a restriction of interests. Though researchers have attempted to...

What to consider when teens with autism want to drive?

In the first study to investigate driving as it relates to teens with a high-functioning autism disorder (HFASD), child development and teen driving experts...

Autism researchers make exciting strides

Teaching young children with autism to imitate others may improve a broader range of social skills, according to a new study by a Michigan State University scholar.http://codex.wordpress.org/Excerpt The findings come at a pivotal time in autism research. In th...

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