Research

$28 Million Effort Aims To Identify Autism Biomarkers

With millions in funding, a public-private partnership is launching a national study aiming to better classify children with autism in order to improve treatment options.

‘Miniature Brains’ Reveal An Outsized Secret About Autism

Scientists hoping to uncover the origins of autism are using reprogrammed skin cells to rewind the clock to the brain’s earliest days of development.

Speech Disorder More Common In Kids With Autism, Study Finds

New research suggests that an otherwise rare speech disorder may affect nearly two-thirds of kids with autism, a finding that’s prompting calls for greater screening.

For Kids On The Spectrum, Intervention Offers Long-Term Gains

Children who participated in an early intervention designed to target autism symptoms at very young ages are continuing to see benefits from the treatment years later, a new study finds.

Concerns Raised About Special Autism Diets

Putting children with autism on special diets may not be such a good idea, researchers say.

Autism Risk May Vary With Parents’ Age

The odds of having a child with autism appear to go up and down as moms and dads move through life, according to the largest study of its kind.

Autism Severity Tied To Stress Levels

The severity of a child’s autism may be directly linked with the level of stress or anxiety they experience on a day-to-day basis, a new study suggests.

Study Casts Doubt On Rising Autism Rates

The largest study of its kind suggests that actual autism rates probably have not changed in recent years, even though diagnoses of the developmental disorder continue to climb.

Preemies May Be Wired For Developmental Disorders

Differences in brain wiring could help explain why children born premature are at greater risk for autism and other developmental disorders, researchers say.

In Kids Who Lose Autism Label, Struggles Often Persist

Some children diagnosed with autism lose the label as they age, new research suggests, but most continue to face other issues even though they’re no longer on the spectrum.

In Girls, ASD Symptoms Often Less Apparent

Girls are frequently diagnosed with autism at older ages than boys and new research suggests that may be because they present with different symptoms.

Prodigies, People With Autism Share Genetic Link

A casual observation that prodigies often have relatives with autism has led to a study that’s pinpointed a genetic link between the two groups.

Marijuana Extract Tames Debilitating Seizures

In individuals with the most intractable forms of epilepsy, there’s new evidence that a liquid form of marijuana can reduce seizures by over half without causing the drug’s usual “high.”

Parent Training May Curtail Behavior Problems

With training, parents of children with autism can see vast improvements in behavioral troubles, including severe tantrums, according to new research.

Study: MMR Vaccine Doesn’t Increase Autism Risk

A new study of over 95,000 kids finds no link between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, even among those at higher risk for the developmental disorder.

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