Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study
Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study
In both a mouse model and the hospital records of more than 3 million children, researchers found a connection between strong immune activation in males and later symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.
Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study
Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study

In both a mouse model and the hospital records of more than 3 million children, researchers found a connection between strong immune activation in males and later symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

In both a mouse model and the hospital records of more than 3 million children, researchers found a connection between strong immune activation in males and later symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

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How Scientists Are Tackling Brain Imaging’s Replication Problem
How Scientists Are Tackling Brain Imaging’s Replication Problem
Angie Voyles Askham | Jul 9, 2021
Researchers who spoke with Spectrum say that while brain imaging tools have their limitations, they still hold promise in helping to unlock the brain’s secrets. 
Pandemic Pressures May Drive Young Scientists Away from Autism Research
Pandemic Pressures May Drive Young Scientists Away from Autism Research
Grace Huckins | Jun 18, 2021
For researchers who work with study participants in person, lockdowns made it impossible to obtain fresh data, a survey finds.
<em>Spectrum</em> Reporting Prompts New Review of Common Drug
Spectrum Reporting Prompts New Review of Common Drug
Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky | Feb 11, 2021
The review of more than two dozen studies finds aripiprazole has side effects and does not change core autism features, but parents report improvements in self-injury, tantrums, and other challenging behaviors.
The Promise of Scientific Partnerships with People on the Spectrum
The Promise of Scientific Partnerships with People on the Spectrum
Laura Dattaro | Jan 18, 2021
Five collaborations involving autistic scientists and experts are advancing autism research, from lending support for theories of the condition to shoring up trials of new treatments.
T Cells and Neurons Talk to Each Other
T Cells and Neurons Talk to Each Other
Ashley Yeager | Oct 1, 2020
Conversations between the immune and central nervous systems are proving to be essential for the healthy social behavior, learning, and memory.
Meet the Autistic Scientists Redefining Autism Research
Meet the Autistic Scientists Redefining Autism Research
Rachel Nuwer | Jun 11, 2020
Growing ranks of researchers on the spectrum are overcoming barriers—from neurotypical bias to sensory sensitivities—to shape autism science.
Environmental Factors Don&rsquo;t Explain Rise in Autism Prevalence
Environmental Factors Don’t Explain Rise in Autism Prevalence
Peter Hess | May 22, 2020
A large twin study in Sweden finds genetics has a much larger influence on the odds of an autism diagnosis, and has remained consistent over time.
Savant in the Limelight, 1988&ndash;2009
Savant in the Limelight, 1988–2009
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 1, 2020
Kim Peek, the inspiration for the title character in Rain Man, brought public attention to savant syndrome.
Coronavirus&rsquo;s Effect on Autism Research May Have Lasting Effects
Coronavirus’s Effect on Autism Research May Have Lasting Effects
Peter Hess | Mar 18, 2020
Labs are trying to figure out who will care for animals and organoids and some clinical trials are put on hold.
How Aripiprazole&rsquo;s Promise for Treating Autism Fell Short
How Aripiprazole’s Promise for Treating Autism Fell Short
Hannah Furfaro | Feb 27, 2020
Aripiprazole, marketed as Abilify, is widely thought to be safer than risperidone, the only other drug approved for use in autistic children. A decade’s worth of data suggests that is not true.
DNA Damage Linked to Brain Overgrowth in Autism
DNA Damage Linked to Brain Overgrowth in Autism
Abby Olena | Feb 5, 2020
Cell lines from individuals with macrocephalic autism spectrum disorder have an increased number of double-strand breaks in the DNA of long neural genes.
Inadequate Myelination of Neurons Tied to Autism: Study
Inadequate Myelination of Neurons Tied to Autism: Study
Lisa Winter | Feb 4, 2020
A mouse model of autism and postmortem brains of autistic individuals showed a lack of mature oligodendrocytes and less myelination than controls.
Excess of Immune Cells Found in Brains of People with Autism
Excess of Immune Cells Found in Brains of People with Autism
Ashley Yeager | Jan 13, 2020
An accumulation of T cells and astrocytes in postmortem brain tissue hints at possible autoimmune origins for many cases of autism.
Serotonin and Dopamine Responsible for the Pros and Cons of MDMA
Serotonin and Dopamine Responsible for the Pros and Cons of MDMA
Ruth Williams | Dec 11, 2019
A study in mice suggests serotonin release underlies the drug’s prosocial effects while dopamine mediates the rewarding properties that drive its potential for abuse.
Can Preventing Seizures Alter the Course of Autism?
Can Preventing Seizures Alter the Course of Autism?
Jessica Wright | Oct 8, 2019
Experimental surgeries to prevent seizures may help scientists understand the link between autism and epilepsy.
Paternal Age Linked to Brain Abnormalities Associated with Autism
Paternal Age Linked to Brain Abnormalities Associated with Autism
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2019
Brain scans of autistic and non-autistic men reveal an association between white matter aberrations and the ages of their fathers at the time the sons were born.
Experts Question Rationale for Stem Cell Trial for Autism
Experts Question Rationale for Stem Cell Trial for Autism
Hannah Furfaro | Aug 2, 2019
So far, the only evidence that treatments like this one work is anecdotal.
Study of Microbiome&rsquo;s Importance in Autism Triggers Swift Backlash
Study of Microbiome’s Importance in Autism Triggers Swift Backlash
Nicholette Zeliadt | Jun 27, 2019
Independent scientists say the original analysis is flawed; the authors stand by their work and are seeking outside statisticians to reanalyze the data.
Neural Cell Types Tied to Autism Identified in Single-Cell Study
Neural Cell Types Tied to Autism Identified in Single-Cell Study
Ruth Williams | May 16, 2019
An RNA analysis of human brain cells reveals gene expression changes in cortical neurons and microglia linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).