Autism Spectrum Disorder

Arbaclofen May Benefit Some Patients With Autism

Arbaclofen May Benefit Some Patients With Autism

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Study results suggest continued study of arbaclofen for autism spectrum disorder.

Substance Use Disorders in Autism Revisited

Substance Use Disorders in Autism Revisited

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Autism is a heritable neurodevelopmental disorder that is approximately 4 times more prevalent in males than females.

Reduced Functional Connectivity of the Amygdala in Young Children With Autism

Reduced Functional Connectivity of the Amygdala in Young Children With Autism

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Investigators examined functional connectivity between the amygdala and the mPFC, bilateral temporal lobe, striatum, thalamus, cingulate cortex, and cerebellum in children diagnosed with autism and age-matched control participants.

Autism: Does Race, Sex Affect Risk of Younger Siblings With Affected Older Siblings?

Autism: Does Race, Sex Affect Risk of Younger Siblings With Affected Older Siblings?

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While past studies have shown that younger siblings with an affected older sibling are at higher risk of autism, these findings have not been evaluated in a large, racially and ethnically diverse population.

Hearing Impairment May Be Early Signal of Autism

Hearing Impairment May Be Early Signal of Autism

Researchers identified an inner-ear problem that might impair speech processing.

New Study Finds No Link Between Labor Induction and Autism

New Study Finds No Link Between Labor Induction and Autism

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These results are contrary to results from a prior large population study.

Increase in Treatment of Children with Autism Remains Modest Following Insurance Mandates

Increase in Treatment of Children with Autism Remains Modest Following Insurance Mandates

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The longer autism spectrum disorder insurance mandates remained in place, the more that mandate-associated treated prevalence increased.

In Vitro Modeling of Early Brain Overgrowth in Autism

In Vitro Modeling of Early Brain Overgrowth in Autism

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In vitro assays hold promise as diagnostic tools in complex neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.

Autism and Epilepsy Comorbidity: Shared Etiology?

Autism and Epilepsy Comorbidity: Shared Etiology?

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The results indicate a 10-fold increased risk of future autism in patients diagnosed with epilepsy.

Addressing Common Nutritional Deficiencies in Autism

Addressing Common Nutritional Deficiencies in Autism

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Ann Neumayer, MD, suggests that giving too many supplements can be harmful as well as giving too few.

Early Immune Biomarkers Identified for Autism Subphenotype

Early Immune Biomarkers Identified for Autism Subphenotype

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The immune system dysregulation during pregnancy may lead to or exacerbate neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism.

Genetic Influences on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Genetic Influences on Autism Spectrum Disorders

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New technologies and methodological approaches are starting to elucidate the relationship between DNA and complex human behavior.

Autism Risk Doubled With Increased Maternal Folate Levels During Pregnancy

Autism Risk Doubled With Increased Maternal Folate Levels During Pregnancy

Women who took vitamin B and folate supplements during pregnancy were less likely to have a child with autism.

Correlation Found Between Aerial Pesticides and Higher Autism Rates

Correlation Found Between Aerial Pesticides and Higher Autism Rates

However, researchers emphasize that the finding doesn't prove causation.

Risperidone in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Weighing Benefits vs Risks

Risperidone in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Weighing Benefits vs Risks

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The benefits of risperidone in autism spectrum disorder have been established, but these findings suggest that benefits have to be weighed against the health risks.

Wandering Poses Serious Risks to Children With ASD

Wandering Poses Serious Risks to Children With ASD

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Children with an autism spectrum disorder often have a different sensory profile than those without, and they may wander because of an overreaction to sensory stimulation such as noises or smells.

Seizure Rates in Autistic Children Quantified

Seizure Rates in Autistic Children Quantified

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Autistic children are known to have increased rates of epilepsy, but many prior studies attempting to quantify these rates are small.

Autism Risk Could Be Effectively Measured With Remote Eye Tracking

Autism Risk Could Be Effectively Measured With Remote Eye Tracking

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Objective measures of autism symptom severity are necessary to accurately diagnose autism and measure the effectiveness of treatment interventions.

Barriers to Early Autism Diagnosis Still Exist

Barriers to Early Autism Diagnosis Still Exist

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Special education resources appear to play a significant role in early diagnosis of ASD.

Teens With Autism At Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Teens With Autism At Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Those taking atypical antipsychotics also showed a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Telepsychiatry is Rising in Popularity, Despite Hurdles

Telepsychiatry is Rising in Popularity, Despite Hurdles

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Telepsychiatry could help with the major shortage of psychiatrists in the US.

Task Force Recommendation Against Autism Screening Challenged

Task Force Recommendation Against Autism Screening Challenged

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Researchers say that many studies exist that support the idea that children should be screened for autism as early as possible.

Task Force: Not Enough Evidence for Routine Autism Screening

Task Force: Not Enough Evidence for Routine Autism Screening

Insufficient evidence to assess benefits, harms of screening for children in whom no concerns raised.

Animal-Assisted Therapy Linked to Psychological Benefits

Animal-Assisted Therapy Linked to Psychological Benefits

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Recent studies have shown that AAT may improve outcomes and reduce various symptoms for people with depression, anxiety, dementia.

Antipsychotics May Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Antipsychotics May Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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The risk increased with longer follow-up, was greater in males and was particularly associated with olanzapine.

Autism Linked to Higher Death Risk

Autism Linked to Higher Death Risk

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Comorbid neurological and/or mental disorders contribute to increased mortality risk in ASD.

New Drug Target Found for Autism

New Drug Target Found for Autism

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Nerve cells from Rett Syndrome patients saw increased levels of an important molecule critical for neurotransmitter functioning after being given IGF1.

Study Finds No Link Between Prenatal Antidepressant Use and Autism

Study Finds No Link Between Prenatal Antidepressant Use and Autism

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Previous studies finding a link between antidepressants and autism may have actually been finding a link between autism and maternal depression itself.

Evidence of Unstable Blood Flow in Autistic Brains

Evidence of Unstable Blood Flow in Autistic Brains

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Researchers found increased levels of the proteins nestin and CD34 in autistic brains, molecular markers of angiogenesis.

Social Struggles in Autism Linked to Decreased Brain Activation

Social Struggles in Autism Linked to Decreased Brain Activation

Those with autism have trouble in social situations because of an inability to effectively infer other's thoughts and feelings.

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