News Archive

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

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.

Top autism gene may rewire brain by altering expression of other genes

November 15, 2018

The autism gene TBR1 controls the expression of several other candidate genes that govern the architecture of the cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer section, a new study suggests.

Large Danish study finds autism prevalence rises with age

November 06, 2018

The rising prevalence of autism shows no sign of leveling off, according to a new study that accounts for every diagnosis made in Denmark over 32 years.

Mutations in autism gene may be treatable beyond infancy

November 04, 2018

A top autism gene called SCN2A plays a role at neuronal connections into adulthood, researchers have discovered.

Genetics plays outsized role in autism, large study shows

October 15, 2018

Autism is more heritable than anorexia, alcohol dependence, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to an analysis of data from nearly 4.5 million people.