Autism

New evidence challenges ‘extreme male brain’ theory of autism

A new study has challenged suggestions that the male sex hormone testosterone reduces cognitive empathy, or the ability to read other people’s emotional states. Lower cognitive empathy is a feature of autism, a condition that predominantly affects males. New research challenges one theory about autism and the brain. The new research takes the form of […]

Autism Psychology / Psychiatry

What to know about skin picking

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What are the symptoms of autism in a 3-year-old?

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Researchers devise a more ‘child-friendly’ test for autism

The current methods of diagnosing autism in children use questionnaires and psychologist evaluations. However, these methods can be stressful for those at a young age. New research now suggests an easy, more stress-free test that simply tracks the gaze. Researchers have devised a new, less stressful method of diagnosing autism based on ‘how a child […]

Autism

How a unique gene mutation may drive autism

Which factors drive autism? This is a question to which researchers still have no answer. Now, a new study conducted in mice and assessing data from humans suggests that a unique genetic mutation may play a key role in early brain development, contributing to autism. One gene that plays a key role in early cortical […]

Autism

What to know about autism in girls

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Could processed foods explain why autism is on the rise?

For the first time, scientists have found a molecular connection between a common food preservative, neuronal disruption, and autism spectrum disorder. The findings suggest that there may be a link between the consumption of processed foods during pregnancy and the rise of autism. A new study finds a link between processed foods and autism. The […]