News Archive

The latest research, clinical and policy news from the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI) and its affiliated faculty.

Autism mutation may disrupt brain structure by disabling mitochondria

June 13, 2019

Mice that lack a segment of chromosome 22 — a mutation associated with autism — have unusually sparse connections between brain regions, according to a new study.

Monkeys with autism mutation show condition’s key traits

June 12, 2019

Researchers have engineered two generations of monkeys with mutations in SHANK3, a top autism gene.

Communication in brain shows sex difference in autism

June 03, 2019

Autistic women show unusually strong connections, and autistic men unusually weak ones, between two specific brain regions, according to a new study.

Classification system based on co-occurring conditions may provide insight into autism

May 31, 2019

Creating a classification system for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) based on co-occurring conditions could provide useful insights into the underlying mechanics of ASD and these conditions.

Research confirms gut-brain connection in autism

May 30, 2019

Up to 90 percent of people with autism suffer from gut problems, but nobody has known why.

Nerves that control heart rate may be offbeat in autistic adults

May 17, 2019

Adults with autism have a resting heartbeat that rarely varies in frequency, a tendency that may explain some aspects of the condition, a new study suggests.

Autism diagnosis may be possible as early as age 14 months

May 15, 2019

Clinicians can reliably diagnose autism in some toddlers roughly two years earlier than the typical age of diagnosis, a new study suggests.

Sex bias in autism virtually absent among those with epilepsy

May 09, 2019

There are roughly as many autistic boys who have epilepsy as there are girls, according to a new meta-analysis.

Inflammation may wield sex-specific effects on developing brain

May 08, 2019

Exposure to inflammation in the womb affects the brain and behavior of males and females differently, two new studies suggest.

Genetic background may alter effect of autism mutations

May 04, 2019

An autistic child may have the same rare, harmful mutation tied to autism as her unaffected sibling does. But she may carry more common variants that tip the balance toward autism.

Signs of autism may be heard early in infancy

May 04, 2019

Autistic infants as young as 4 months may have fewer verbal exchanges with their caregivers than their peers do, according to a long-term study.

WSU study links gene to sleep problems in autism

April 30, 2019

Up to 80 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience sleep problems.

Children who outgrow autism label end up with other diagnoses

April 25, 2019

Nearly all children who lose their autism diagnosis have other conditions, such as anxiety and language and behavioral disorders, a new study suggests. Many also require support at school.

People’s affinity for social cues is inherited, study suggests

April 22, 2019

Genetics governs a person’s ability to pay attention to social cues, such as the direction another person is looking, a new study suggests.

New autism prevalence stats spotlight challenge of early diagnosis

April 17, 2019

The prevalence of autism in 4-year-old children in the United States has increased — from about 1 in 75 children in 2010 to 1 in 59 in 2014 — to match a previously reported rise in 8-ye