News Archive

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

Early activity of brain’s emotion hub may yield clues to autism

March 11, 2019

The brain’s emotion center, the amygdala, undergoes dramatic changes during the first year of life, new research suggests. 

Autism diagnosis often followed by identification of other conditions

March 07, 2019

Behavioral conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) crop up in about one in three autistic people within 15 years of their autism diagnosis.

Brain’s prefrontal cortex conducts symphony of social players

February 20, 2019

A brain region that orchestrates responses to social cues and aids decision-making may be off tempo in autism.

Nerves that control heart rate may contribute to autism

February 13, 2019

The part of the nervous system that regulates heart rate and breathing is involved in autism, a new study suggests.

Study strengthens autism’s curious link to gender variance

January 29, 2019

Traits associated with autism and gender variance co-occur even among typical children, a new study suggests.

Severe infections in childhood may boost chances of autism diagnosis

January 23, 2019

Children who contract serious infections have an increased likelihood of being diagnosed with autism, a study of more than 1 million children suggests.

Communication in brain may be remarkably constant in autism

January 14, 2019

Patterns of brain activity in people with autism are unusually consistent over seconds — and even years, two new studies suggest.

Autistic children’s language skills stay stable relative to peers

January 10, 2019

Toddlers with strong language skills continue to outperform their peers as they grow up, whereas those with poor skills tend to lag behind, according to a large study that tracked language developm

CRISPR studies hint at cell pathways involved in autism

January 07, 2019

A variety of genetic risk factors for autism disrupt some of the same processes in cells, two new studies suggest.

Core set of autism traits shows up in diverse cultures

January 03, 2019

Some autism traits look the same across cultures, and they could form the basis of a global screening tool, a new study suggests.

Unusual sensory responses in infancy may hint at autism

December 12, 2018

Some children diagnosed with autism by age 2 show unusual responses to sights, sounds and textures as infants, according to a new study.

Slow onset may explain late autism diagnosis in some children

December 03, 2018

Some autistic children don’t show traits of the condition until age 5 or later, new research suggests.

New Government Report Suggests 1 In 40 Kids Have Autism

November 26, 2018

National survey results show as many as 1 in 40 U.S. children have been diagnosed with autism, continuing an upward trend.

What does autism look like in the brain?

November 20, 2018

People on the autism spectrum often dislike exposure to unexpected stimuli, but why is that?

Young children with autism may show brain-fluid buildup

November 19, 2018

Autistic children aged 2 to 4 have about 15 percent more fluid between their skull and their brain than their typical peers do, a new study suggests.

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