News Archive

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

Surplus of immune cells may mark brains of autistic people

November 11, 2019

Blood vessels in the brains of more than half of autistic people have an unusually large number of immune cells called T cells, according to an analysis of postmortem tissue.

Motor problems in autistic people may be grossly underestimated

November 04, 2019

At least one in three autistic children has significant movement difficulties, according to a study of more than 2,000 children.

Analysis finds little evidence to support dietary interventions for autism

October 28, 2019

Special diets that eliminate certain foods or contain added supplements have minimal impact on autism traits, according to a review of data from 27 clinical trials.

Enlarged amygdala may forecast anxiety, depression in autistic children

October 22, 2019

A tiny chunk of the brain’s emotion enter, the amygdala, is enlarged in some autistic children; the larger this piece, the more anxious and depressed the child is likely to be.

Computer games could boost social skills in people with autism

October 21, 2019

Playing games designed to hone the ability to intuit others’ thoughts and feelings increases activity in regions of the social brain.

Language regression in autism tied to motor milestones

October 09, 2019

Autistic children who lose words reach key milestones earlier than autistic children without language regression, according to a new study.

Autistic girls’ brains show distinct anatomical features

September 16, 2019

Nerve fiber tracts in the brains of autistic girls are more fragmented than those of typical girls.

Therapy improves speech in autistic children with language delay

September 12, 2019

A behavioral therapy called pivotal response treatment (PRT) boosts the communication skills of autistic children with language delay better than do standard speech and autism therapies, a small st

Mice reveal how top autism gene may disrupt brain structure

August 26, 2019

Mutations in an autism gene called ANK2 may alter brain wiring by causing the growth of excess neuronal connections.

Studies of autism treatments lack standard yardsticks

August 21, 2019

Clinical trials of autism treatments rarely use a consistent set of tools to measure efficacy, a new study suggests1.

Analysis finds no evidence for popular autism communication method

August 15, 2019

A comprehensive review has found no scientific basis for a controversial technique that supposedly helps autistic people communicate.

Sensory overload in autism may stem from hypervigilant brain

July 29, 2019

The brains of some autistic children do not adapt to repeated touch or sound, even after several minutes, according to a new study.

Majority of autism risk resides in genes, multinational study suggests

July 18, 2019

About 81 percent of autism risk comes from inherited genetic factors, according to an analysis of more than 2 million children from five countries, published today in JAMA Psychiatry.

Medical conditions may mark distinct autism subtypes

July 04, 2019

Young autistic children fall into three groups based on the number and type of co-occurring conditions they have, according to a study of more than 3,000 autistic children.

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.