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June 10, 2024

Community Shares | June 10th 2024

A recent scientific article has investigated the similarities and differences between individuals with high self-reported autism traits and those with clinically confirmed ASD. The authors found significant discrepancies between self-reported and clinician-assessed symptoms, highlighting the need for distinct interpretations of each. Clinically confirmed individuals with ASD exhibited impaired social control and reduced social affiliation, while […]

June 10, 2024

Individuals with ASD Are Three Times More Likely to Develop Symptoms Associated with Parkinson’s Disease

Increased Prevalence May Be Related to Genetic Factors, Medication Side Effects, or Unidentified Aspects of Brain Health New research involving a quarter of a million people with autism, intellectual disabilities, or both found that their risk of developing Parkinson’s-like symptoms is three times higher than in the general population. Presented at the International Society for […]

June 10, 2024

Autism Rates Continue to Climb, Heading Towards 4% Among American Children and Adolescents

Chinese Researchers Find a Significant Decade-Long Increase in ASD Prevalence A recent study from researchers at Guangdong Pharmaceutical University has investigated the prevalence and trends of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children and adolescents aged 3–17 years in the United States. Using data from the National Health Interview Survey for 2021 and 2022, the researchers […]

June 03, 2024

Community Shares | June 3rd 2024

A recent scientific article by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers has identified significant differences in brain development between boys and girls with autism aged 2-13. The study found that girls on the spectrum have a thicker cortex at age three compared to neurotypical girls, with more pronounced differences than those observed in boys. Additionally, girls […]

June 03, 2024

Dopamine Could Play a Pivotal Role in the Development of Autism

New Research Links Disrupted Dopaminergic Signaling to Neural Circuit Abnormalities in Autism, Highlighting Potential for Targeted Interventions A recent study published in The American Journal of Pathology highlights the crucial role of dopamine in neural development and its link to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dopamine is a type of neurotransmitter and hormone that plays a […]

June 03, 2024

Combined Genetic and Environmental Factors Influence Autism-Related Behaviors

Rodent Research Shows that Combined Cntnap2 Deficiency and Maternal Immune Activation Increase Perseveration and Impulsivity A new research article has explored the combined effects of genetic and environmental factors on behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by using a rat model. The research team behind this study focused on rats lacking a functional copy […]

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