News Archive

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

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.

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.