News Archive

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

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.

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.