News Archive

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

People’s affinity for social cues is inherited, study suggests

April 22, 2019

Genetics governs a person’s ability to pay attention to social cues, such as the direction another person is looking, a new study suggests.

New autism prevalence stats spotlight challenge of early diagnosis

April 17, 2019

The prevalence of autism in 4-year-old children in the United States has increased — from about 1 in 75 children in 2010 to 1 in 59 in 2014 — to match a previously reported rise in 8-ye

Autism runs in families with history of brain conditions

April 15, 2019

Children in families with a history of brain conditions are at increased odds of being autistic, a large study in Sweden suggests.

In autism, depression takes on unusual forms

April 08, 2019

Depression may show up as insomnia and restlessness in children with autism, rather than as the more common feelings of sadness, a new study suggests.

Social problems in autism may impair practical life skills

March 28, 2019

Social difficulties in people with autism may contribute to their troubles with daily living — from brushing their teeth to taking a bus, according to a new study.

In autistic children, low intelligence forecasts later difficulties

March 26, 2019

Without timely intervention, intellectual disability in autistic children can worsen over time, contributing to poor life skills and challenging behavior, according to a 15-year study.

Large set of brain scans reveals no telltale signs of autism

March 21, 2019

The brains of autistic children show few differences from those of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or even of controls.

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