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Newswise: Study Identifies a Neural Signal that May Help Explain Social-Cognitive Ability in Autism
Released: 18-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Study Identifies a Neural Signal that May Help Explain Social-Cognitive Ability in Autism
Stony Brook University

An electroencephalogram (EEG) study of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) identified a neural signal that may help explain the variation of how those with ASD perceive or understand the mental states of others (called “Theory of Mind”).

Newswise: California’s Top Autism and Special Education Law Firm Director James D. Peters III Featured in Lawyer Monthly Magazine
Released: 17-Jun-2021 12:55 PM EDT
California’s Top Autism and Special Education Law Firm Director James D. Peters III Featured in Lawyer Monthly Magazine
Special Education Law Division; Law Offices of Sheila C. Bayne

Q&A with Peters addresses class action suit to obtain services for children with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 10-Jun-2021 3:20 PM EDT
Rutgers Job Training Program for Autistic Adults Gets Boost from Local NJ Logistics Company
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

With the pandemic shutting down on-campus jobs, Bettaway Supply Chain Services steps in to collaborate with Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS), providing local jobs, career pathing and support for adults on the autism spectrum

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Released: 24-May-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Defective gene slows down brain cells
Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)

Within the European Union alone, about three million people are affected by an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Released: 18-May-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Of mice and men: Mutation linked to autism impairs oxytocin-mediated social behavior
Tokyo University of Science

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition involving impaired social abilities, and this makes it a fascinating subject for neuroscientists like Prof. Teiichi Furuichi of the Tokyo University of Science who study the neuroscience of social behavior.

Newswise: Early Screening Tool Leads to Earlier Diagnosis and Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Released: 10-May-2021 4:35 PM EDT
Early Screening Tool Leads to Earlier Diagnosis and Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder
University of California San Diego Health

Chemotherapy can induce a painful peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), a chronic condition and common adverse effect for cancer patients undergoing treatment. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues elsewhere, have used a mouse model to demonstrate the pivotal role of cholesterol in CIPN, and proposed a novel therapeutic approach to reverse it.

Released: 4-May-2021 2:45 PM EDT
Examining the ‘service cliff’ for youth with autism and their family caregivers
Case Western Reserve University

A team of researchers from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences interviewed 174 families to examine the use of health, medical and social services for youth with autism

Released: 3-May-2021 4:10 PM EDT
Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health to Host 38th Annual Advances in Developmental Pediatrics Conference
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health will host the 38th annual Advances in Developmental Pediatrics Conference on May 24 to 26, 2021.

Released: 3-May-2021 3:15 PM EDT
Genetics, not the intrauterine environment, controls abnormal development
Yale University

Yale researchers have shown that developmental abnormalities, including those that lead to pregnancy loss and autism, are controlled by the genetics of the fetus and placenta -- and not the mother's intrauterine environment.

Newswise: UTEP Study Examines Movement in Children with Autism
Released: 30-Apr-2021 4:35 PM EDT
UTEP Study Examines Movement in Children with Autism
University of Texas at El Paso

For more than a year, researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso’s Stanley E. Fulton Gait Research & Movement Analysis Lab in the College of Health Sciences have been using real-time 3D animation to investigate motor impairments in children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The greatest takeaway from this study is that when teaching or coaching new movements to an individual with autism, the teacher or coach needs to understand the individual with autism’s specific motor learning characteristics.

27-Apr-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Treatment Found to Improve Cognitive Function in Patients With Fragile X Syndrome
Rush University Medical Center

An experimental treatment produced improvements in cognitive function and language in patients with fragile X syndrome, according to study results published on April 29 in Nature Medicine. Fragile X syndrome (known as FXS for short) is the most common known genetic cause of autism and the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability.

Released: 28-Apr-2021 10:00 AM EDT
CHOP Researchers Demonstrate How Dynamic Changes in Early Childhood Development May Lead to Changes in Autism Diagnosis
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Researchers found that difficulties in diagnosing toddlers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) might be due to the dynamic nature of the disorder during child development. Children with clinical characteristics that put them on the diagnostic border of autism have an increased susceptibility to gaining or losing that diagnosis at later ages.

Newswise: Study Shows Facial Emotions are Successfully Encoded in Brains of Those with Autism
Released: 27-Apr-2021 12:50 PM EDT
Study Shows Facial Emotions are Successfully Encoded in Brains of Those with Autism
Stony Brook University

A study led by Stony Brook University that tested neural activity in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) reveals that they successfully encode facial emotions in their neural signals – and they do so about as well as those without ASD.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Researchers Find Individualized Training Is Key for Autistic Adolescents Learning to Drive
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

A new study identified clear strengths and a series of specific challenges autistic adolescents experience while learning to drive.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Autism Develops Differently in Girls Than Boys, New Research Suggests
University of Virginia Health System

New research has shed light on how autism-spectrum disorder (ASD) manifests in the brains of girls, prompting the scientists to warn that conclusions drawn from studies conducted primarily in boys should not be assumed to hold true for girls.

Newswise: Autism Center at UC San Diego Receives $1.5 Million Gift
Released: 14-Apr-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Autism Center at UC San Diego Receives $1.5 Million Gift
University of California San Diego Health

The UC San Diego Autism Center for Excellence has received a $1.5 million gift from Kristin Farmer, founder and chief executive officer of ACES, a company that provides services to children with autism and their families, to support the work of Karen Pierce, co-director of the Autism Center.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
MicroRNA-29: A Key Controller of Brain Development, Disease
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

A team led by scientists at the UNC School of Medicine identified a molecule called microRNA-29 as a powerful controller of brain maturation in mammals.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Autism Acceptance Month and Autism Exercise Month?
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

One in 54 kids in the U.S. lives with autism. Research shows that physical activity can positively impact quality of life for those living with the world’s fastest growing developmental disability. In honor of Autism Acceptance Month, David Geslak and ACSM team up to share three evidence-based physical activity strategies for those with autism.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Rethink Announces First-Ever Protocol to Ensure Children with Autism Get the Right Level of Treatment
Rethink First

Behavioral health providers now have access to an evidence-based standard to guide customized treatment plans

Released: 7-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Rutgers Opens Adult Autism Services Community Center
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers has opened a new building to better serve adults with autism spectrum disorder through vocational and recreational programs, making it possible to expand existing programs to address a growing need in New Jersey, which has the highest autism rates in the country. The Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services Community Center, a 10,000-square-foot facility on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University-New Brunswick, is the first of its kind at a higher education institution in the United States.

Newswise:Video Embedded unique-mini-microscope-provides-insight-into-complex-brain-functions
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Released: 5-Apr-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Unique mini-microscope provides insight into complex brain functions
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Researchers from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities College of Science and Engineering and Medical School have developed a unique head-mounted mini-microscope device that allows them to image complex brain functions of freely moving mice in real time over a period of more than 300 days. The groundbreaking study provides new insight into fundamental research that could improve human brain conditions such as concussions, autism, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as better understanding the brain’s role in addiction.

Released: 1-Apr-2021 2:50 PM EDT
Poor judgment of autistic adults
Flinders University

Autistic adults can be wrongly perceived as deceptive and lacking credibility, Flinders University researchers say, with this working against many caught in the legal system.

Released: 1-Apr-2021 8:05 AM EDT
100- Countries Collaborate to Improve Quality of Services for Autism Therapy
Thomas Jefferson University

Researchers across the globe collaborate on a free, multi-language assessment tool, to help therapists demonstrate progress among children with sensory-integration deficits, including autism.

Released: 31-Mar-2021 2:35 PM EDT
FSU experts available to share research insights for Autism Acceptance Month
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: March 31, 2021 | 1:55 pm | SHARE: The Autism Society of America celebrates April as Autism Acceptance Month as part of the organization’s efforts to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms and realities of autism.Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Funded through NSF grant, NAU researcher strives to increase participation of neurodiverse students in STEM fields
Northern Arizona University

Psychological sciences professor Ronda Jenson is leading a team of researchers in supporting the success of neurodivergent students in higher education, with the goal of increasing the pipeline into STEM careers.

16-Mar-2021 10:20 AM EDT
Researchers Provide Complete Clinical Landscape for Major Gene Linked to Epilepsy and Autism
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Researchers have compiled a complete genetic and clinical analysis of more than 400 individuals with SCN2A-related disorder, which has been linked to a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, including epilepsy and autism. By linking clinical features to genetic abnormalities in a standardized format, the researchers hope their findings lead to improved identification and clinical intervention.

Released: 12-Mar-2021 12:20 PM EST
Study finds adolescents with autism may engage neural control systems differently
UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis Health researchers studying executive control in adolescents and young adults with autism have published new research that suggests a unique approach, rather than impairment.

Newswise: Brain Sensor Offers Alzheimer's Answers
Released: 9-Mar-2021 9:00 AM EST
Brain Sensor Offers Alzheimer's Answers
University of Virginia Health System

Scientists have found an explanation for why Alzheimer’s drugs have limited effectiveness and why patients get much worse after going off of them.

Newswise: Special Ed Suit Against CA, Newsom Settled, Acknowledging Federal and State Law Requires In-Person Services for Students with Special Needs
Released: 5-Mar-2021 8:55 AM EST
Special Ed Suit Against CA, Newsom Settled, Acknowledging Federal and State Law Requires In-Person Services for Students with Special Needs
Special Education Law Division; Law Offices of Sheila C. Bayne

After the settlement, Governor Newsom unveiled California’s Safe Schools for All Plan, setting the record straight and setting precedent for other states.

Newswise: Evolution drives autism and other conditions to occur much more frequently in boys, genetic researchers say
Released: 3-Mar-2021 10:45 AM EST
Evolution drives autism and other conditions to occur much more frequently in boys, genetic researchers say
McMaster University

Evolutionary forces drive a glaring gender imbalance in the occurrence of many health conditions, including autism, a team of genetics researchers has concluded.

Newswise: Researchers Use Machine Learning to Identify Autism Blood Biomarkers
Released: 24-Feb-2021 2:00 PM EST
Researchers Use Machine Learning to Identify Autism Blood Biomarkers
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – Feb. 24, 2021 – Using machine learning tools to analyze hundreds of proteins, UT Southwestern researchers have identified a group of biomarkers in blood that could lead to an earlier diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and, in turn, more effective therapies sooner.

Released: 8-Feb-2021 1:05 PM EST
Reducing biases about autism may increase social inclusion
University of Texas at Dallas

Efforts to improve the social success of autistic adolescents and adults have often focused on teaching them ways to think and behave more like their non-autistic peers and to hide the characteristics that define them as autistic.

Newswise: Forming Sound Memories: Autism Gene Plays Key Aspect In Birdsong
2-Feb-2021 10:00 AM EST
Forming Sound Memories: Autism Gene Plays Key Aspect In Birdsong
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – Feb. 3, 2021 – Inactivating a gene in young songbirds that’s closely linked with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) prevents the birds from forming memories necessary to accurately reproduce their fathers’ songs, a new study led by UT Southwestern shows.

29-Jan-2021 9:45 AM EST
CHOP Researchers Demonstrate How Defects in Mitochondria May Lead to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Researchers have demonstrated that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be caused by defects in the mitochondria of brain cells.

Released: 28-Jan-2021 9:00 AM EST
Newly Licensed Autistic Drivers Crash Less Than Other Young Drivers
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

A collaborative study found that compared with their non-autistic peers, young autistic drivers have lower rates of moving violations and license suspensions, as well as similar to lower crash rates.

Newswise: How does the immune system keep tabs on the brain?
25-Jan-2021 5:30 PM EST
How does the immune system keep tabs on the brain?
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that immune cells stationed in sinuses in the meninges — the covering of the brain and spinal cord — monitor the brain and initiate an immune response if they detect a problem.

Released: 25-Jan-2021 12:50 PM EST
Biomarkers in mother’s plasma could aid in early autism diagnosis and intervention
UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers used machine learning to crunch 10,000 autoantibody pattern combinations to identify maternal biomarkers associated with a sub-type of autism. The findings have implications for early diagnosis and intervention.

7-Jan-2021 8:00 AM EST
Study Finds Neglected Mutations May Play Important Role in Autism Spectrum Disorder
University of California San Diego

Mutations that occur in certain DNA regions, called tandem repeats, may play a significant role in autism spectrum disorders, according to research led by Melissa Gymrek, assistant professor in the UC San Diego Department of Computer Science and Engineering and School of Medicine. The study, which was published in Nature on Jan. 14, was co-authored by UCLA professor of human genetics Kirk Lohmueller and highlights the contributions these understudied mutations can make to disease.

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Released: 12-Jan-2021 12:45 PM EST
Cats may help increase empathy, decrease anxiety for kids with autism
University of Missouri, Columbia

As a former school nurse in the Columbia Public Schools, Gretchen Carlisle would often interact with students with disabilities who took various medications or had seizures throughout the day.

Released: 11-Jan-2021 10:30 AM EST
Biomarkers in fathers' sperm linked to offspring autism
Washington State University

Biomarkers in human sperm have been identified that can indicate a propensity to father children with autism spectrum disorder.

Newswise: Autism Theory 25 Years in the Making
Released: 8-Jan-2021 11:05 AM EST
Autism Theory 25 Years in the Making
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A unifying explanation of the cause of autism and the reason for its rising prevalence has eluded scientists for decades, but a theoretical model published in the journal Medical Hypotheses describes the cause as a combination of socially valued traits, common in autism, and any number of co-occurring disabilities.

Released: 6-Jan-2021 12:10 PM EST
Mount Sinai and Rumi Scientific Team Up to Advance Drug Discovery for Rare Genetic Disorders Tied to Autism
Mount Sinai Health System

The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Rumi Scientific announced today that they will team up to initiate a drug discovery pipeline for rare genetic disorders that carry a high risk of autism.

Released: 4-Jan-2021 10:45 AM EST
Clinical criteria for diagnosing autism inadequate for people with genetic conditions
Cardiff University

People with certain genetic conditions are likely to have significant symptoms of autism, even if they do not meet all diagnostic criteria, a study concludes.

Newswise: JFK University Medical Center Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director
Released: 4-Jan-2021 8:30 AM EST
JFK University Medical Center Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director
Hackensack Meridian Health

Notable executive Sheri Marino joins Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation

Newswise: Scientists Identify New Gene Involved In Autism Spectrum Disorder
Released: 23-Dec-2020 8:25 AM EST
Scientists Identify New Gene Involved In Autism Spectrum Disorder
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – Dec. 22, 2020 – UT Southwestern scientists have adapted a classic research technique called forward genetics to identify new genes involved in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In a study published this week in eLife, the researchers used this approach in mice to find one such gene called KDM5A.


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