Research

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.

Brain Imaging May Provide Early Developmental Prognosis

Researchers have discovered a test that can reliably forecast whether or not children displaying signs of autism are likely to develop speech, comprehension and social skills.

Large-Scale Study To Look For Causes Of ASD

Work is beginning on what is believed to be the largest genetic research project ever conducted by a health organization into the causes of autism.

New DNA Test Highly Accurate In Detecting Down Syndrome

A new, increasingly popular prenatal test is extremely accurate in detecting Down syndrome very early in pregnancy, but whether it should replace standard testing is still not clear.

GI Troubles May Be Early Sign Of Autism

Gastrointestinal issues common among many on the spectrum are often apparent in infancy — well before individuals are diagnosed with the developmental disorder, researchers say.

Autism Largely Rooted In Genetics, Study Finds

Genes may be more responsible for autism than previously thought, researchers say, with the developmental disorder traced to heritability in the vast majority of cases.

Study Links Autism Genes To Higher Intelligence

Children who inherit genes that raise the risk of autism but don’t actually develop the disorder may inherit higher-than-average intelligence, researchers say.

Study Finds Merit In Autism Blood Test

A blood test may be able to accurately identify children with autism as young as 12 months, new research suggests.

Doctors Often Skip Protocols For Antipsychotics, Study Finds

As an increasing number of kids are prescribed powerful antipsychotics, a new study finds that many doctors are deviating from established medical guidelines when they dole out the scripts.

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