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Medicalnewstoday.com: Autism: Which children respond to oxytocin treatment?

Oxytocin treatment is found to be more efficient in autistic children with low baseline levels of the hormone. Oxytocin treatment has been proven efficient in improving the social behavior of some children with autism, studies have found. A new clinical trial investigates which children will respond best to this treatment

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Medicalnewstoday.com: People with autism may be more rational in their economic choices

New research provides insights into “autistic cognition.” New research examines the decision-making abilities of adults with autism spectrum disorder, suggesting that they may be better at making rational decisions than adults without the condition.

The new study – which is published in the journal Psychological Science – was co-authored by psychology

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Medicalnewstoday.com: How an autism gene mutation alters brain development

Researchers have shed light on how CHD8 gene mutations alter brain development and impair cognitive functioning. By analyzing the brains of mice, researchers have discovered how mutations in a gene called CHD8 may alter brain development and cognitive functioning to cause autism.

Researchers from the United States and Canada found that

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Oxytocin administered to the nose increases emotion perception in autism

A recent study has demonstrated that intranasal oxytocin can influence how individuals with autism perceive emotion in others. This is an important first step for a potential pharmacological treatment of autism.

Autism is characterized by difficulties in social functioning. Individuals with autism are generally less sensitive to social information, which

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Adults with autism see interests as strengths, career paths

Adults on the autism spectrum see their interests as possible fields of study and career paths, as well as ways to mitigate anxiety, finds a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

The findings, published in the journal Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, continue a shift

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Girls are better at masking autism than boys

Girls with autism have relatively good social skills, which means that their autism is often not recognised. Autism manifests itself in girls differently from in boys. Psychologist Carolien Rieffe and colleagues from the Autism Centre and INTER-PSY (Groningen) report their findings in scientific journal Autism.

Information about autism in girls

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Genital herpes in pregnancy may raise autism risk for offspring

Children born to mothers who have active genital herpes during pregnancy may be at twice the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, new research suggests.Researchers suggest a link between active HSV-2 in early pregnancy and autism risk in offspring.

Lead author Milada Mahic, of the Center for Infection and Immunity

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Imbalances in neural pathways may contribute to repetitive behaviors in autism

Genetic studies have linked a number of risk genes to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Although the complex genetics underlying ASD likely involve interactions between many genes, some risk genes are singular drivers of autism-like behaviors in rodent models, particularly genes that guide synaptic development and function. One such ASD-associated gene

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Algorithm predicts whether high-risk babies will develop autism

Using MRI scans, a computer program, and an algorithm, a group of researchers recently designed a process that could help to predict whether a baby will go on to develop autism as a toddler. Although only useful for high-risk infants, the findings may eventually lead to diagnostic innovations.MRI scans combined

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Metformin shows promise as a potential treatment for fragile X syndrome

Research has shown that metformin, a drug used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, could be used to treat fragile X syndrome and other similar disorders. An inherited form of intellectual disability called fragile X may be treatable with metformin, the most widely used type 2 diabetes drug. This

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Medicalnewstoday.com: If your grandmother smoked, you may be more likely to develop autism

A recent study, published in Scientific Reports, concludes that if a girl’s maternal grandmother smoked tobacco during her pregnancy, she is significantly more likely to develop autistic traits.Could smoking increase the risk of your grandchildren displaying autism-associated traits?

Autism, characterized by repetitive behaviors and difficulty interacting socially, appears to be

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Children with autism find understanding facial expressions difficult

A team from Bristol’s School of Experimental Psychology aimed to find out whether six basic facial expressions differing in intensity are challenging for young people with autism to recognise.

Researchers gave 63 children and adolescents with an ASC diagnosis and 64 without a diagnosis, an internet-based test of emotion recognition.

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Swimming lessons may be life-saver for children with autism

A recent study investigating injury mortality in people with autism spectrum disorders delivers some surprising and disturbing results. According to the authors, swimming lessons for children with an autism diagnosis should be a priority.A recent epidemiological study investigates the link between autism and mortality.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized

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Medicalnewstoday.com: New biochemical method accurately diagnoses autism in children

Autism spectrum disorder affects a huge number of children both globally and in the United States. Experts have long acknowledged the importance of detecting autism early, but current diagnosis tools are purely behavioral and not entirely accurate. New research, however, proposes a biological method for accurately predicting whether a child

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Medicalnewstoday.com: The genes and neural circuits behind autism's impaired sociability

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have gained new insight into the genetic and neuronal circuit mechanisms that may contribute to impaired sociability in some forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Led by Matthew P. Anderson, MD, PhD, Director of Neuropathology at BIDMC, the scientists determined how a gene

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