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Newswise: Researcher develops method for mapping brain cell change, development in mice
10-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Researcher develops method for mapping brain cell change, development in mice
Penn State College of Medicine

Penn State researchers have developed a new method for studying key moments in brain development.

Newswise: Seaver Autism Center For Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai Launches First Drug Trial for ADNP Syndrome
Released: 7-Jul-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Seaver Autism Center For Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai Launches First Drug Trial for ADNP Syndrome
Mount Sinai Health System

Researchers at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai have started recruiting participants for a new clinical trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of a low dose of ketamine in children diagnosed with ADNP syndrome (also known as Helsmoortel-VanDerAa syndrome), a rare neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the activity dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP) gene.

7-Jul-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Sensory Neurons Outside the Brain Drive Autistic Social Behaviors, Penn Study Suggests
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A new study from Penn Medicine lends further evidence that the social behaviors tied to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) emerge from abnormal function of sensory neurons outside the brain.

Newswise: Scientists uncover new genetic mutations linked to autism spectrum disorder
23-Jun-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Scientists uncover new genetic mutations linked to autism spectrum disorder
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands have identified mutations in a gene called CNOT1 that affect brain development and impair memory and learning. The research, published in The American Journal of Human Genetics, also revealed that CNOT1 interacts with several known autism spectrum disorder (ASD) genes, opening new research avenues for the condition.

Released: 17-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
FREE McLean Hospital Webinar Series: Tips to Help Children With Autism Thrive
McLean Hospital

Dr. Laura Mead Offers Support for Parents of Children With Autism in FREEE Webinar - June 19 @ 10am, EST

Newswise: Genetic rescue of SHANK3 is potential therapy in rare forms of autism spectrum disorder
Released: 15-Jun-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Genetic rescue of SHANK3 is potential therapy in rare forms of autism spectrum disorder
University of Alabama at Birmingham

A mouse study by Craig Powell, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues suggests that early genetic rescue may be a potential therapy in autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. Powell looked at one gene called SHANK3, whose alteration is seen in about 0.5 percent of ASD patients.

Released: 3-Jun-2020 3:50 AM EDT
Mindfulness Improves Decision-Making, Attention in Children with Autism
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

School-based mindfulness programs can improve decision-making skills and teach children with autism to focus attention and react less impulsively through breathing exercises that will allow them to reduce anxiety, according to Rutgers researchers.

Released: 28-May-2020 1:35 PM EDT
Autism severity can change substantially during early childhood
UC Davis MIND Institute

A UC Davis MIND Institute study found that around 30% of young children with autism have less severe autism symptoms at age 6 than they did at age 3, with some losing their autism diagnoses entirely. It also found that girls tend to show greater reduction and less rise in their autism symptom severity than boys with autism. Children with higher IQs were more likely to show a reduction in their symptoms.

Newswise: Exposure to ‘good bacteria’ during pregnancy buffers risk of autism-like syndrome in offspring
Released: 27-May-2020 5:30 PM EDT
Exposure to ‘good bacteria’ during pregnancy buffers risk of autism-like syndrome in offspring
University of Colorado Boulder

Inoculation with a beneficial microorganism during pregnancy fended off an autism-like syndrome in offspring, according to a new animal study. The paper is the latest to suggest that 'good bacteria' impacts the brain.

Newswise: Overcoming challenges of individuals with autism spectrum disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic
Released: 20-May-2020 6:30 PM EDT
Overcoming challenges of individuals with autism spectrum disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

Dr. Adrien A. Eshraghi and University of Miami Health System coauthors published a new correspondence titled COVID-19: overcoming the challenges faced by individuals with autism and their families in The Lancet Psychiatry. In this commentary, the authors address specific challenges patients with autism and their families might encounter during the pandemic, as well as what healthcare providers should know and do to ensure optimal and safe care.

Newswise: Center offers COVID-19 training and resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Released: 20-May-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Center offers COVID-19 training and resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Indiana University

The HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training & Resource Center at IUPUI launched a Coronavirus Hub for educators, families, and medical professionals to assist them in helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder cope during the pandemic.

Newswise: Depression symptoms linked to reduced cognitive control in people with autism
Released: 19-May-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Depression symptoms linked to reduced cognitive control in people with autism
UC Davis MIND Institute

Adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and those with typical development show similar proactive cognitive control. However, symptoms of depression in individuals with autism were linked to less proactive control, a UC Davis study found.

Newswise: Absence makes the brain grow fonder, study shows
Released: 12-May-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Absence makes the brain grow fonder, study shows
University of Colorado Boulder

A new brain imaging study of prairie voles—which are among only about 5% of mammalian species besides humans who mate for life —found that when it comes to forming bonds, longing for one another may be as important as being together. The study also sheds light on why it's so hard to social distance.

Newswise: South Dakota State play therapy program becomes first APT-approved center in S.D.
Released: 7-May-2020 5:40 PM EDT
South Dakota State play therapy program becomes first APT-approved center in S.D.
South Dakota State University

The Institute for Play Therapy Education at South Dakota State University is the first in the state to become an Association for Play Therapy-approved center.

Released: 27-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
3D Tissue Models Provide Unprecedented Insight into Human Brain Function and Disease
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Researchers have created 3D tissue structures that recapitulate many aspects of specific human brain regions.

Released: 17-Apr-2020 5:15 PM EDT
2020 Benjamin J. Geigerman Lecture Series reaches out to people on the autism spectrum
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Many individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle with finding and maintaining employment, which is an important key to helping them achieve lifelong success. To create a bridge toward employment, the Benjamin J. Geigerman Lecture Series was created at UTHealth.

Newswise: Brain discovery suggests source of lifelong behavioral issues
Released: 8-Apr-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Brain discovery suggests source of lifelong behavioral issues
University of Virginia Health System

Improper removal of faulty brain cells during neurodevelopment may cause lifelong behavioral issues, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests. The finding also could have important implications for a wide range of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Newswise: Don’t forget our kids. OT researchers urge extra support for home schooling vulnerable children
Released: 8-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Don’t forget our kids. OT researchers urge extra support for home schooling vulnerable children
University of South Australia

As Australia’s teachers strive to shift education online, parents everywhere are bracing for change, but no more so than parents of children with additional needs such as autism, who fear their kids may be left behind in the race to adjust.

Released: 8-Apr-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Celebrate Autism Awareness Month with Exercise Tips from the American College of Sports Medicine
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, ACSM partners with ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist® to share three evidence-based teaching strategies to help get those with autism moving

Newswise: Self-regulation for kids: at home, at school and with autism
Released: 1-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Self-regulation for kids: at home, at school and with autism
University of South Australia

As every teacher will assert, self-regulation is the key to optimal learning; it helps kids tune in, stay focussed and be ready to learn. But what if your child isn’t wired this way? For many children, self-regulation is hard to master, but for kids on the autism spectrum, it can seem insurmountable, singling them out and creating barriers to their learning.

Released: 26-Mar-2020 5:00 PM EDT
U.S. Autism Rates Up 10 Percent in New CDC Report
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health contributed to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that finds the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 11 surveillance sites as 1 in 54 among children aged 8 years in 2016 (or 1.85 percent).

Released: 26-Mar-2020 1:45 PM EDT
Autism Rate Continues to Surge in New Jersey, Rutgers Study Finds
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

For the eighth consecutive year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds autism prevalence increased in the United States

Newswise: Five language outcome measures evaluated for intellectual disabilities studies
23-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Five language outcome measures evaluated for intellectual disabilities studies
UC Davis Health

Expressive language sampling yielded five language-related outcome measures that may be useful for treatment studies in intellectual disabilities, especially fragile X syndrome. The measures were generally valid and reliable across the range of ages, IQs and autism symptom severity of participants. According to the study, led by UC Davis researchers and funded by NIH, the measures are also functional in supporting treatments that can improve language, providing far reaching benefits for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Released: 23-Mar-2020 2:05 PM EDT
CHOP Researchers Develop Method for Measuring Quality of Life Across Lifespan for Individuals on Autism Spectrum
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

A new study led by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) shows that a set of simple questionnaires can help clinicians and families better evaluate the quality of life of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The newly-developed tool is designed for children, adolescents, and adults on the autism spectrum, and early findings show where clinicians can learn more about how to support the needs of autistic individuals by directly asking them these critical questions.

Released: 20-Mar-2020 4:10 PM EDT
Autism rates declining among wealthy whites, while escalating among poor, minorities
University of Colorado Boulder

Wealthy, white California counties—once considered the nation’s hotbeds for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)—have seen prevalence flatten or fall in the last two decades, while rates among poor whites and minorities keep ticking up, new CU Boulder research has found.

Released: 21-Feb-2020 12:05 AM EST
Antidepressant Harms Baby Neurons in Lab-Grown “Mini-Brains”
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have demonstrated the use of stem-cell-derived “mini-brains” to detect harmful side effects of a common drug on the developing brain. Mini-brains are miniature human brain models, developed with human cells and barely visible to the human eye, whose cellular mechanisms mimic those of the developing human brain.

Newswise: Three of the Top 10 Autism Studies of 2019 come from UC Davis MIND Institute
Released: 18-Feb-2020 5:10 PM EST
Three of the Top 10 Autism Studies of 2019 come from UC Davis MIND Institute
UC Davis Health

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Collaborative START Lab behind three of the top 10 autism studies of 2019. The studies explore early interventions and new school transitions for children on the autism spectrum.

Newswise: Study Finds Empathy Can Be Detected in People Whose Brains Are at Rest
Released: 18-Feb-2020 2:10 PM EST
Study Finds Empathy Can Be Detected in People Whose Brains Are at Rest
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA researchers have found that it is possible to assess a person’s ability to feel empathy by studying their brain activity while they are resting rather than while they are engaged in specific tasks.

Newswise:Video Embedded breaking-the-communication-code
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Released: 17-Feb-2020 1:55 PM EST
Breaking the Communication Code
University of Delaware

Ever wonder how mice talk to each other? We don’t have a dictionary quite yet, but UD neuroscientist Josh Neunuebel and his lab have linked the ultrasonic vocalizations made by mice with specific behaviors. It’s a significant advance of our understanding of communication science.

14-Feb-2020 1:40 PM EST
Study: Disease-causing repeats help human neurons function
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Researchers found that repeats in the gene that causes Fragile X Syndrome normally regulate how and when proteins are made in neurons.

Newswise: Predicting Autism Risk May Begin With a Drop of Blood
Released: 13-Feb-2020 3:15 PM EST
Predicting Autism Risk May Begin With a Drop of Blood
University of California San Diego Health

A novel research study by UC San Diego researchers will determine whether testing stored blood drops, recorded at birth, for 1,000 different molecules and chemicals can help predict autism risk years before symptoms would likely appear.

Newswise: Measuring Mutations in Sperm May Reveal Risk for Autism in Future Children
Released: 13-Feb-2020 1:10 PM EST
Measuring Mutations in Sperm May Reveal Risk for Autism in Future Children
University of California San Diego

SDSC researchers used SDSC’s ‘Comet’ Supercomputer to analyze genome sequences in a recent study published in Nature Medicine by an international team of scientists led by researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine. The study describes a method to measure disease-causing mutations found only in the sperm of the father, providing a more accurate assessment of autism spectrum disease (ASD) risk in future children.

10-Feb-2020 6:55 AM EST
Sleep Problems in Children, Teens with Autism Are Focus of New AAN Guideline
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

It is not uncommon for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder to struggle with sleep. Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep or refusing to go to bed are just some of the sleep problems they can experience. To help families, neurologists and other healthcare providers make decisions on the best treatments, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has issued a new guideline for sleep problems in children and teens with autism, published in the February 12, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Newswise: Gene associated with autism also controls growth of the embryonic brain
Released: 11-Feb-2020 5:15 PM EST
Gene associated with autism also controls growth of the embryonic brain
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A UCLA-led study reveals a new role for a gene that’s associated with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and language impairment.

Newswise: UNH Researchers Find Synchronization of Memory Cells Critical For Learning and Forming Memories
Released: 6-Feb-2020 12:15 PM EST
UNH Researchers Find Synchronization of Memory Cells Critical For Learning and Forming Memories
University of New Hampshire

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire found that the neurons involved in Pavlovian learning shift their behavior and become more synchronized when a memory is being formed – a finding that helps better understand memory mechanisms and provides clues for the development of future therapies for memory-related diseases like dementia, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Released: 29-Jan-2020 11:20 AM EST
Study Challenges Assumptions About Social Interaction Difficulties in Autism
University of Texas at Dallas

Results suggest social interaction success for autistic adults revolves around partner compatibility, not just participant skill set. “If autistic people were inherently poor, you’d expect two autistic people to struggle more than an autistic and non-autistic person. That’s not what we found.”

Released: 27-Jan-2020 10:55 AM EST
AI to help monitor behaviour
Universite de Montreal

Algorithms based on artificial intelligence do better at supporting educational and clinical decision-making, according to a new study.

Released: 27-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
Autism Diagnosis Test Needs Improvement, Rutgers Researchers Say
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers researchers have found that a test widely used to diagnose whether children have autism is less reliable than previously assumed.

Newswise: NSF Career Grant recipient advances physics research, outreach efforts at Mississippi State
Released: 24-Jan-2020 5:05 PM EST
NSF Career Grant recipient advances physics research, outreach efforts at Mississippi State
Mississippi State University

With help from a prestigious National Science Foundation Career Grant, a Mississippi State faculty member is working to advance his nuclear physics research and provide a new summer school experience for Mississippi students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Newswise: Helping the world understand, detect and treat a devasting genetic disorder
Released: 23-Jan-2020 1:55 PM EST
Helping the world understand, detect and treat a devasting genetic disorder
UC Davis MIND Institute

Fragile X syndrome is a debilitating genetic neurodevelopmental disorder that affects people worldwide, but many doctors don’t know anything about it, let alone have the resources to properly diagnose or treat it.

Newswise:Video Embedded healing-and-hope-treating-fragile-x-in-serbia
VIDEO
Released: 23-Jan-2020 1:20 PM EST
Healing and Hope: Treating Fragile X in Serbia
UC Davis MIND Institute

Doctors and scientists — experts in the rare and severely disabling fragile X syndrome — had arrived from the United States, including six from the UC Davis MIND Institute. They came to offer the families useful information and maybe open doors to desperately needed help in a region of the world that, until fairly recently, hardly recognized fragile X syndrome, let alone knew how to diagnose or treat it.

16-Jan-2020 3:00 PM EST
Largest Autism Sequencing Study to Date Identifies 102 Genes Associated With the Condition
Mount Sinai Health System

In the largest genetic sequencing study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to date, researchers have identified 102 genes associated with risk for autism. The study also shows significant progress towards teasing apart the genes associated with ASD from those associated with intellectual disability and developmental delay, conditions which often overlap.

Newswise: Enlarged amygdala involved in psychiatric challenges in young girls with autism
Released: 21-Jan-2020 2:55 PM EST
Enlarged amygdala involved in psychiatric challenges in young girls with autism
UC Davis MIND Institute

behavioral problems than similar age boys with ASD. These challenges are associated with a larger amygdala, a UC Davis Health study has found. The amygdala is a key part of the brain that helps regulate emotions and detects threats.

Released: 16-Jan-2020 3:00 PM EST
A Calming Space
Children's of Alabama

Children’s of Alabama pathway designed for patients with sensory sensitivities has been equally impactful on families, providers

Released: 13-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
Higher rates of post-natal depression among autistic mothers
University of Cambridge

Autistic mothers are more likely to report post-natal depression compared to non-autistic mothers, according to a new study of mothers of autistic children carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Released: 9-Jan-2020 12:20 PM EST
One-Fourth of Children with Autism Are Undiagnosed
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

One-fourth of children under age 8 with autism spectrum disorder — most of them black or Hispanic — are not being diagnosed, which is critical for improving quality of life.

Released: 5-Jan-2020 3:05 PM EST
Families of Children With Autism Face Physical, Mental and Social Burdens
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Families of children with autism face high physical, mental and emotional burdens, are sometimes ridiculed and even accused of child abuse, according to a Rutgers study.

Released: 3-Jan-2020 12:30 PM EST
Rutgers Neurologist Named Scientific Advisor of Eagles Autism Challenge
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Neurologist Named Scientific Advisor of Eagles Autism Challenge


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