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Medicalxpress.com: Video: Unlocking mechanical minds–using robots to diagnose autism

Medicalxpress.com: Video: Unlocking mechanical minds–using robots to diagnose autism

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Kids’ interactions with talking robots—which behave in a standardized, bias-free manner—could reveal telltale signs in very young children destined to develop autism.

University of Minnesota researchers have collected baseline data on robots’ interactions with 2- to 4-year-olds. They hope to use this data to predict who will

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Medicalxpress.com: Six simple, positive ways to engage with someone with autism

Medicalxpress.com: Six simple, positive ways to engage with someone with autism

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“You’ve met one person with autism, then you’ve met one person with autism.”

This saying is an important reminder among all who live and work with people with autism that each person living with the condition is indeed distinct, said Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, professor and director

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Medicalxpress.com: Toxic metal pollution linked with development of autism spectrum disorder

Medicalxpress.com: Toxic metal pollution linked with development of autism spectrum disorder

Environmental metal and metalloid pollution (lead, mercury, aluminum, and arsenic) may induce autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) Credit: Vyacheslav Sheludkov

Russian researchers, together with their foreign colleagues, have demonstrated that environmental metal and metalloid pollution (lead, mercury, aluminum, and arsenic) may induce autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), and have considered possible

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Medicalxpress.com: Scientists reveal drumming helps schoolchildren diagnosed with autism

Medicalxpress.com: Scientists reveal drumming helps schoolchildren diagnosed with autism

Drumming for an hour a week can help autistic children learn in school. Credit: University of Chichester

Drumming for 60 minutes a week can benefit children diagnosed with autism and supports learning at school, according to a new scientific study.

The project, led by the University of Chichester and

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Medicalxpress.com: Overlapping copy number variations underlie autism and schizophrenia in Japanese patients

Medicalxpress.com: Overlapping copy number variations underlie autism and schizophrenia in Japanese patients

This visual abstract depicts the comparative analyses of CNV in autism and schizophrenia. Credit: Itaru Kushima, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine

Common genetic variants may underlie autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia across human populations, according to a study appearing September 11th in the journal Cell Reports. In line

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Medicalxpress.com: Programs for teens with autism should promote strengths

Medicalxpress.com: Programs for teens with autism should promote strengths

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The unique strengths of adolescents with autism – including attention to detail, loyalty and memory skills – should be the focus of employment programs to ensure they can play a crucial role in the workforce, the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s latest report shows.

The BCEC report,

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Medicalxpress.com: New biomarker panel could accelerate autism diagnoses

Medicalxpress.com: New biomarker panel could accelerate autism diagnoses

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Investigators at the UC Davis MIND Institute and NeuroPointDX, a division of Stemina Biomarker Discovery, have identified a group of blood metabolites that could help detect some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Part of the Children’s Autism Metabolome Project (CAMP), the largest metabolomic ASD

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Medicalxpress.com: Depression strikes nearly one in five young adults with autism: study

Medicalxpress.com: Depression strikes nearly one in five young adults with autism: study

(HealthDay)—Depression affects almost 20 percent of young adults with autism, new research shows, a rate that’s more than triple that seen in the general population.

And young adults with autism who were relatively high-functioning —meaning they did not have intellectual disabilities—were actually at higher risk of depression than people

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Medicalxpress.com: Potential biomarker for autism

Medicalxpress.com: Potential biomarker for autism

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A study of young children with autism spectrum disorder published in JNeurosci reveals altered brain waves compared to typically developing children during a motor control task. The non-invasive neuroimaging technique used in this study could be employed to detect autism symptoms as early

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Medicalxpress.com: Google Glass helps kids with autism read facial expressions, study finds

Medicalxpress.com: Google Glass helps kids with autism read facial expressions, study finds

Children with autism were able to improve their social skills by using a smartphone app paired with Google Glass to help them understand the emotions conveyed in people’s facial expressions, according to a pilot study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Prior to participating in the

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Medicalxpress.com: Women with polycystic ovary syndrome more likely to have a child with autism

Medicalxpress.com: Women with polycystic ovary syndrome more likely to have a child with autism

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Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely than other women to have an autistic child, according to an analysis of NHS data carried out by a team at Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre. The research is published today in the

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Medicalxpress.com: Autism risk determined by health of mom's gut, research reveals

Medicalxpress.com: Autism risk determined by health of mom's gut, research reveals

The microbiome is the collection of microorganisms, such as bacteria, that naturally live inside us. Science is increasingly revealing its vital importance to good health. Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the health of an expectant mother’s microbiome determines the risk of autism

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Medicalxpress.com: Brain scans yield more clues to autism

Medicalxpress.com: Brain scans yield more clues to autism

(HealthDay)—Children with autism show abnormalities in a deep brain circuit that typically makes socializing enjoyable, a new study finds.

Using MRI brain scans, researchers found that kids with autism showed differences in the structure and function of a brain circuit called the mesolimbic reward pathway.

That circuit, located deep

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Medicalxpress.com: Autism spectrum disorder linked to shape of brain's cerebellum

Medicalxpress.com: Autism spectrum disorder linked to shape of brain's cerebellum

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Structural differences in the cerebellum may be linked to some aspects of autism spectrum disorder, according to a neuroimaging study from Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC).

The findings were published online today in PLOS ONE.

The cerebellum—which means ‘little brain’ in Latin—constitutes only 10

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Medicalxpress.com: CRISPR editing reduces repetitive behavior in mice with a form of autism

Medicalxpress.com: CRISPR editing reduces repetitive behavior in mice with a form of autism

Researchers injected gold nanoparticles (upper right) carrying CRISPR-Cas9 into the brains of mice with fragile X syndrome to edit DNA (scissors) and knock out a neurotransmitter receptor, which reduced exaggerated repetitive behavior typical of autism spectrum disorder. Credit: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Scientists have

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