News Archive

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

A blood test for autism? Not so fast, experts say

September 10, 2018

A new study suggests that its results could lead to a simple test for autism, but statisticians say the test could not be used to screen for the condition in the general population.

The link between antidepressants and autism, explained

September 06, 2018

Among the many things a woman is supposed to avoid when pregnant are antidepressants, particularly a subtype of the drugs that some studies have linked to an increased risk of autism and attention

Autism’s sex bias may originate in brain’s immune cells

August 31, 2018

Two of the most reliable risk factors for autism are being male and being exposed to inflammation in the womb.

Proposed revisions to global diagnostic manual for autism raise concerns

August 29, 2018

The proposed new version of the global manual for diagnosing medical conditions gets many things right about autism — but some items diverge from the manual’s American counterpart and a

Study quantifies prevalence of autism in India

August 27, 2018

About 1 in 100 children in India under age 10 has autism, and nearly 1 in 8 has at least one neurodevelopmental condition.

Complications during pregnancy may contribute to autism risk

August 22, 2018

High blood pressure or abnormal bleeding during pregnancy, as well as complications such as cesarean delivery or preterm birth, may all increase the risk of autism, two new studies suggest.

Mutant flies reveal key gene interactions within autism deletion

August 20, 2018

The absence of several interacting genes underlies the developmental problems seen in people missing a segment of chromosome 16, a new study in fruit flies suggests.

Study revives serotonin as target for autism treatments

August 08, 2018

Boosting levels of the chemical messenger serotonin makes mice that model autism more social, according to a study published today in Nature.

Signs of anxiety in infancy may foreshadow autism

August 06, 2018

Fearfulness and shyness in babies and toddlers predict features of autism at age 7, according to a new study.

Blocking key enzyme eases memory problems, anxiety in autism mice

August 01, 2018

Blocking an enzyme called ERK prevents some unusual behaviors and brain structure in mice missing a segment of chromosome 16.

Reward-system differences may underlie multiple autism features

July 30, 2018

The brain’s system for sensing pleasure and reward shows unusual activation patterns in people with autism, according to an analysis of 13 imaging studies.

Conditions that accompany autism, explained

July 25, 2018

More than half of people on the spectrum have four or more other conditions. The types of co-occurring conditions and how they manifest varies from one autistic person to the next.

Gene editing via nanoparticles may treat autism syndromes

July 05, 2018

Scientists have for the first time successfully delivered the gene-editing tool CRISPR into mouse brains and altered their behavior.

Rat squeaks may reveal autism gene’s role in communication

July 02, 2018

Rats with a mutation in CACNA1C, a gene linked to autism, make fewer happy squeaks while playing than controls do, and ignore other rats’ requests to play, a new study suggests.

Autism mutation alters balance of gut bacteria in mice

June 28, 2018

Mice with a mutation in a top autism gene called SHANK3 have altered levels of certain gut bacteria, a new study shows.

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