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.
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
Two of the most reliable risk factors for autism are being male and being exposed to inflammation in the womb.
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
About 1 in 100 children in India under age 10 has autism, and nearly 1 in 8 has at least one neurodevelopmental condition.
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.
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.
Boosting levels of the chemical messenger serotonin makes mice that model autism more social, according to a study published today in Nature.
Fearfulness and shyness in babies and toddlers predict features of autism at age 7, according to a new study.
Blocking an enzyme called ERK prevents some unusual behaviors and brain structure in mice missing a segment of chromosome 16.
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.
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.
Scientists have for the first time successfully delivered the gene-editing tool CRISPR into mouse brains and altered their behavior.
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.