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July 12, 2020

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Sensory Neurons Outside the Brain Drive Autistic Social Behaviors, Study Suggests

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

A Shorter IQ Test for Children With Special Needs

For decades, neuropsychologists have used the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children test as the gold-standard intelligence quotient (IQ) test to determine the intellectual abilities of children ...

Medicinal Cannabis May Reduce Behavioral Problems in Kids With Intellectual Disabilities

Cannabidiol, a type of medicinal cannabis, may reduce severe behavioral problems in children and adolescents with an intellectual disability a new ...

Autism Risk Estimated at 3 to 5 Percent for Children Whose Parents Have a Sibling With Autism

Roughly 3 to 5 percent of children with an aunt or uncle with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can also be expected to have ASD, compared to about 1.5 ...
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Science of Sound: Artificial Tones in Perception Experiments Could Be Missing the Mark, Research Finds

Researchers who study how the brain processes sound have discovered the common practice of using artificial tones in perception experiments could mean scientists are overlooking important and ...

Study Paves Way for Earlier Autism Diagnosis in Indiana

Researchers in Indiana have developed a statewide early ASD screening and evaluation system in the primary care setting showing success in improving access to evaluations and lowering the age of ...

Unexpected Mental Illnesses Found in a Spectrum of a Rare Genetic Disorder

Researchers found an unexpected spectrum of mental illnesses in patients with a rare gene mutation. These patients had a ''double hit'' condition that combined features and ...

Mindfulness Improves Decision-Making, Attention in Children With Autism

School-based mindfulness programs show promise in teaching children with autism to better control impulses, according to new ...

Low Proportion of Individuals With Autism Receive Recommended Genetic Tests, Study Finds

A new study found that only 3 percent of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder reported having fully received clinical genetic tests recommended by medical professional ...

Children With Autism Face Higher Risk of Eating Disorders, Study Finds

Children with autistic traits are more likely than their peers to develop an eating disorder, according to a new ...

New Insight on Maternal Infections and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

The immune responses of a female mouse before pregnancy can predict how likely her offspring are to have behavioral deficits if the immune system is activated during pregnancy. The findings could ...

Stress in Parents of Children With Autism: Pets May Help

While current events have increased stress for all families, parents of children with autism report higher levels of stress on average than parents of typically developing kids. Feeling overwhelmed ...

Maternal Hypertensive Disorders May Lead to Mental Health Disorders in Children

Hypertensive pregnancy disorders, especially preeclampsia -- may increase the risk of psychological development disorders and behavioral and emotional disorders in children. This is the first study ...

Brain Discovery Suggests Source of Lifelong Behavioral Issues

Improper removal of faulty brain cells during neurodevelopment may cause lifelong behavioral issues, new research suggests. The finding also could have important implications for a wide range of ...

Genes Sow Seeds of Neuropsychiatric Conditions Before Birth, in Early Childhood

From early prenatal development through childhood, the prefrontal cortex of the human brain undergoes an avalanche of developmental activity. In some cases, it also contains seeds of neuropsychiatric ...

Single Mutation Leads to Big Effects in Autism-Related Gene

A new study offers clues to why autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more common in boys than in girls. National Institutes of Health scientists found that a single amino acid change in the NLGN4 gene, ...

Gene Mutation Enhances Cognitive Flexibility in Mice

Researchers have discovered in mice what they believe is the first known genetic mutation to improve cognitive flexibility -- the ability to adapt to changing ...

Optimizing Use of the 'Hug Hormone' to Help Those With Social Difficulties

New research has provided important insight into how oxytocin could be administered in a more targeted and effective way to help treat social problems that occur in a range of psychiatric ...

The Neural Basis of Sensory Hypersensitivity

A study reveals a neural circuit that appears to underlie sensory hypersensitivity in a mouse model of autism, offering a possible strategy for developing new ...

Learning Difficulties Due to Poor Connectivity, Not Specific Brain Regions

Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers. Instead poor connectivity between 'hubs' within the brain is much ...

Antidepressant Harms Baby Neurons in Lab-Grown 'Mini-Brains'

Researchers 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 ...

Empathy Can Be Detected in People Whose Brains Are at Rest

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 ...

Disease-Causing Repeats Help Human Neurons Function

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

Key Modifier Identified in Large Genetic Deletion Related to Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Neurodevelopmental disorders, including schizophrenia and autism, likely result from complex interactions that modify the effects of individual genes, according to new ...

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