Predicting treatment effectiveness for adults with autism

Predicting treatment effectiveness for adults with autism Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers have identified certain brain regions that significantly correlate with an increase in social abilities following a virtual environment based training program. Adults on the autism spectrum who showed greater activity in the social brain network prior to the training improved more…

Elevated rate of autism symptoms found in children with Tourette syndrome

Elevated rate of autism symptoms found in children with Tourette syndrome Around one in five children with Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements and vocalizations, met criteria for autism, a study shows. But this prevalence may be more a reflection of similarity in symptoms than actual autism, according to the study’s researchers. …

Genes, ozone, and autism

Genes, ozone, and autism Exposure to ozone in the environment puts individuals with high levels of genetic variation at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected just by adding the two risk factors together, a new analysis shows. The study is the first to look at the combined effects of genome-wide…

Predicting autism: Study links infant brain connections to diagnoses at age two

Predicting autism: Study links infant brain connections to diagnoses at age two In previous studies, researchers linked infant brain anatomy differences to autism diagnoses at age two. Now they show differences in functional connections between brain regions at 6 months to predict autism at age two. Predicting autism: Study links infant brain connections to diagnoses…