Social Difficulties With Autism

Children diagnosed with autism are prone to anxieties resulting in social difficulties due to their poor socializing skills. However, the related foreshadowing social problems need not be necessarily true in every case, as per the latest study analyzing typical autistic children. The study highlights the need to understand the anxiety that is common in autistic … Read more

The Relationship Between Autism and the Brain

UBE3A, a gene responsible for mediating the satisfaction that a person derives from socializing in their circles, may cause a muting of the brain region when too many copies of the gene are present. When UBE3A is present in excess, it can cause autism and lead to further problems with skills like socializing. This is … Read more

The Relationship Between Maternal Infections and Neuronal Signals

Mock viruses were injected into pregnant mice to observe the changes in their immune systems and arising maternal infections. Pups were shown to be infected post-birth with the mock virus. These effects result in impairment of brain signaling, as per a recent study. Infections during stages of pregnancy can result in schizophrenia and further elevates … Read more

Suramin: Is Another Fake Drug ‘Round the Corner’?

Suramin: A drug that is normally used in Africa to treat sleep sickness. The drug, however, was used to treat autism in a group of 10 autistic boys. Researchers have serious concerns about the controversial trial and address the side effects that may emerge during later studies. Half of the boys were subjected to low … Read more

Image-Based DNA Twist: The New Autism Mania

Researchers and scientists alike are working on a new type of molecular map that reveals the 3D architecture of the autism genome in the human body. Proteins known as Histones exist in the human body. The DNA winds around Histones proteins to fit in the nuclei of the human body. Chromatin, as this complex is … Read more

Infants Before Birth and Their Relationship to the Womb

The fetus favors light patterns that resemble the facial features of the once faceless features, a recent study highlights. The study is the first of its kind to visually test yet-to-be-born infants. Interestingly, the findings show that a face preference starts before an infant has even seen other faces. Researchers believe that the infants tend … Read more

Should Infection During Pregnancy Be a Cause for Worry?

Should infection during pregnancy be a cause for worry? A new study that was carried out on mice observed that infection can result in the appearance of autism genes in a child. The findings suggest that infection during pregnancy can increase the risk for autism, even several times over. Infections are observed to set off … Read more

Can Brain Scans Forecast Autism?

Brain activity patterns in young babies in the age bracket of 6 months are seen to accurately predict autism diagnosis by the time the child reaches the age of 2. Additionally, these findings offer clues that brain scans might one day assist doctors in successful early autism diagnoses in infants. The recent study was conducted … Read more

The Deadly Combination of Rare Autism Mutations and Common Variants

Autistic children are seen to inherit the burden of common genetic variants that are associated with autism. These variants are a rare combination of autism mutations that have been shown to increase autism risk. The researchers have carefully observed numerous rare autism mutations that may be linked to autistic individuals. However, these mutations are seen … Read more