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New Study Shows Decreased Aggressive Behavior Toward Strangers in Autism Spectrum Disorder Model

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Much speculation has occurred in the media over possible heightened aggression in those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. A study by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute found no evidence of increased aggressive behavior toward strangers in an animal model of the condition.

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Unique Emotion Recognition Treatment Leads to Significant Improvement in Children with High-Functioning Autism

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Researchers at the Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College found a unique emotion recognition treatment highly effective for children with high-functioning autism. Children in the treatment group demonstrated significantly improved emotion-recognition skills and lower parent ratings of autism symptoms.

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Growth Hormone Treatment Improves Social Impairments in Patients with Genetic Disorder Known to Cause Autism

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A growth hormone can significantly improve the social impairment associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in patients with a related genetic syndrome.

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Autism Genes Activate During Fetal Brain Development

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Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that mutations that cause autism in children are connected to a pathway that regulates brain development.

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Researchers Use Saliva Test to Diagnose Autism

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A spit test may one day be able to diagnose autism according to researchers at Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

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What Autism Can Teach Us About Brain Cancer

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Applying lessons learned from autism to brain cancer, researchers have discovered why elevated levels of the protein NHE9 add to the lethality of the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer, glioblastoma. Their discovery suggests that drugs designed to target NHE9 could help to successfully fight the deadly disease.

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Inducing, Augmenting Labor During Childbirth Not Associated with Increase in Autism

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A research collaboration between Intermountain Healthcare, the University of Utah’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, and the University of Utah’s Psychiatry Department found that induced or augmented labor does not result in an increased risk of children developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Medical Marijuana for Children with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders?

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As medical marijuana becomes increasingly accepted, there is growing interest in its use for children and adolescents with developmental and behavioral problems such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a review in the February Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Simple Strategies Used by Parents Lead to Improvements in One-Year-Olds at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder

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A new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers finds that a collection of simple strategies used by parents can lead to significant improvements in one-year-olds at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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MRIs Link Impaired Brain Activity to Inability to Regulate Emotions in Autism

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Researchers found that – when it comes to the ability to regulate emotions – brain activity in autistic people is significantly different than brain activity in people without autism. Researchers showed that symptoms including tantrums, irritability, and anxiety have a biological, mechanistic basis.