News Archive

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

Risk genes for autism overlap with those for attention deficit

October 20, 2017

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) carry rare, harmful mutations in many of the same genes as people with autism.

Second ‘hits’ may explain autism mutations’ varied effects

October 19, 2017

People who have a mutation linked to autism plus a second genetic glitch tend to have more severe symptoms than do those with the autism mutation alone. 

Late birth linked to risk of autism with intellectual disability

October 18, 2017

Children with autism who were born late are more likely to also have intellectual disability than those with autism who were born at term, suggests a study of almost half a million people.

Studies send mixed messages on antidepressants’ link to autism

October 16, 2017

Antidepressants slightly boost the risk of autism and other brain conditions. Or they don’t, and it’s really factors related to the mother’s mental health that pose the risk.

Learn what the new Autism Centers for Excellence are doing

October 15, 2017

Listen to this week’s podcast which describes the new Autism Centers for Excellence awards from the NIH and how they will affect the lives of people with ASD.

Two drugs ease features of autism syndromes in mice

October 11, 2017

Drugs that block certain brain enzymes could help treat two conditions associated with autism, a new mouse study suggests.

Scan of whole genomes ties regulatory regions to autism risk

October 04, 2017

Children with autism have an excess of spontaneous mutations in DNA that controls the expression of autism genes, a new analysis suggests.

Maternal infection may trigger autism traits via neuronal ‘patches’

October 02, 2017

Patches of overactive neurons in the brains of mice exposed to inflammation in the womb may lead to autism-like features in the mice, a new study suggests. 


The Missing Autistic Girls

September 11, 2017

In the past two decades, autism diagnoses have soared—but new research shows that girls have frequently been overlooked, leaving them without crucial support.

NIH awards nearly $100 million for Autism Centers of Excellence program

September 07, 2017

The National Institutes of Health has awarded nine research grants totaling nearly $100 million over the next five years for the Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE).

'Social Camouflage' May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls

July 31, 2017

Many more boys are diagnosed with autism every year than girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disorder is 4.5 times more common among boys than girls.

A Distinct Form of Autism

June 01, 2017

A new study suggests that childhood disintegrative disorder, a rare condition marked by a sudden and profound loss of skills, is biologically distinct from most autism.

Opinion: Inoculate Vaccination Commission from Fake Science

January 31, 2017

"If there is to be a [vaccination safety] commission, health care experts and scientists have a responsibility to fully participate.

Opinion: Technology Can Curb Social Exclusion of Children with Autism

January 10, 2017

Beyond apps, groundbreaking research into technology-based interventions for autism could boost the social skills of children with developmental conditions.