Scientists isolate cell type in brain most affected by autism gene mutations

Leading cell biologists in UC San Francisco have identified a specific cell type in a particular part of the brain at a cruicial time in brain development can be a factor in autism development. The research published in the Cell journal on November 21 marks a significant turning point in autism research, especially that of […]

New Technology Analyzes Babies’ Cries – Could Detect Autism

An innovative team of researchers from Brown University and the Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has invented a computer-based tool to analyze the cries of babies. This team from the United States hopes their creation will provide a new way to identify heath problems in infants, such as neurological problems, developmental disorders, and […]

July 15 2013 Week In Review: Latest Research into Autism

Extra Cerebrospinal fluid potential predictor for autism, study reveals. Nature published a new study that recorded infantile brain size over about 2 years. The study revealed that children who went on to being diagnosed with an ASD had extra cerebrospinal fluid and larger head sizes in infancy. The study conducted at the UC Davis MIND […]

Studies Explore Lack of Eye Contact in Autism

A study at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York sheds new light on why people with autism tend to avoid making eye contact. Lack of eye contact was thought to be a social deficit, but it could instead be the result of brain differences in processing visual stimuli. The study included 22 […]

Study Finds Human Voices Irritating to People with Autism

A recent study published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the brains of children with autism show a disconnect between the region that processes human voices and the reward center of the brain.  This means that the sound of a human voice does not trigger pleasure for individuals with autism, […]

Autism Research Review: December, 2012

Emotional transition necessary in autism, research reveals On the 3rd of this month, a research team lead by Mikle South from Brigham Young University revealed that children with autism struggle with the baggage of old fears that they cannot let go. The rigid old fears are linked with the repetitive motions and aversion to change […]

Autism Research: Jan 30, 2015 Week in Review

Largest autism study finds siblings don’t share most autism genes The largest-ever study conducted on the autism genome came up with some shocking results this week. The study led by Dr. Stephen Scherer of Autism Speaks found that siblings with autism did not share most of the autism-linked genes. The study comes as a huge […]

Brain patterns present how an autistic individual may function

According to an investigation implemented by the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, United States, individuals who have been diagnosed with autism, a lifelong developmental disability, have evident connections that are distinctively their own. The study showed that the brains of these individuals with autism displayed unique synchronization patterns which scientist’s claim could potentially lead to […]

Study found brain inflammation a shared symptom among individuals with autism

Birmingham, Alabama — A study conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that individuals with autism share a common symptom of inflammation in the brain. Researchers concluded that individuals with autism have significantly ‘ramped-up immune responses’, after conducting a study using gene expression analysis. In the study, […]

Autism linked to salt in the nerves at birth

Scientists at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research have found a tentative link between salt levels in neurons during birth and autism. The full article which appeared in The Independent on January 11, cites the research conducted by Dr Yehzeckel Ben-Ami and his team. They looked at the relationship between the love […]