News Archive

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

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.

Siblings of children with autism have social, emotional problems

October 11, 2018

Even typical siblings of children with autism tend to struggle with anxiety, depression and social difficulties, according to a large new analysis.

Overlap in traits of autism, attention deficit persists into adulthood

October 08, 2018

Traits linked to autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to co-occur even in adulthood, according to one of the first studies of the traits in that age group.

Study links subset of genetic variants to autism, intellectual disability

October 03, 2018

Genetic variants across the genome contribute to about 8 percent of the risk for certain developmental conditions — much more than previously thought, according to a study published last week

Control of gene expression alters impact of autism mutations

September 27, 2018

Whether a mutation is harmful, and how harmful it is, depends on what other genetic variants an individual carries.

Molecular master may stifle assembly of many autism proteins

September 20, 2018

The protein CPEB4 may serve as a ‘master regulator’ of many of the hundreds of genes linked to autism, according to a new study.

Some conditions tend to accompany autism in pairs

September 12, 2018

Children with autism are more likely to have both sleep problems and constipation than would be expected based on the prevalence of each of those conditions.

GW's Atypical Student Society to hold its first meeting

September 11, 2018

During our ANDI Ice Cream Social last spring, we were fortunate to meet AJ Link, a 2nd year law student at GW.

A blood test for autism? Not so fast, experts say

September 10, 2018

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.

The link between antidepressants and autism, explained

September 06, 2018

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

Autism’s sex bias may originate in brain’s immune cells

August 31, 2018

Two of the most reliable risk factors for autism are being male and being exposed to inflammation in the womb.

Proposed revisions to global diagnostic manual for autism raise concerns

August 29, 2018

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

Study quantifies prevalence of autism in India

August 27, 2018

About 1 in 100 children in India under age 10 has autism, and nearly 1 in 8 has at least one neurodevelopmental condition.