Skip to main content

Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: biomarkers

October 2019

Certain patterns of brain waves in babies may forecast autism

by  /  16 October 2019

Brain activity patterns in the first year of life may predict autism in infants at high risk for the condition.

0 Comments
red beating heart, in see-through person

Getting at the heart of autism

by  /  9 October 2019

Cardiac activity could reveal autism’s physiology and confirm a hunch many clinicians share: that people with autism experience great stress.

0 Comments
Brain diagram shows areas where steroids may affect the brain

Extreme male brain theory of autism rests on shaky ground

by  /  1 October 2019

New data linking autism to steroid levels in pregnant women are inconsistent with basic facts about the biochemistry of steroids.

0 Comments
September 2019
row of babies playing with toys that look like genome sequence

Studies of tuberous sclerosis may shed light on biology of autism

by  /  24 September 2019

Tuberous sclerosis provides a unique opportunity to understand autism because about half of people with that single-gene condition also have autism.

0 Comments

Slow, disorderly brain waves may flag autism in toddlers

by  /  23 September 2019

Certain patterns of electrical activity in the brain may signal autism in children with tuberous sclerosis complex, a related genetic condition.

0 Comments
white mouse on a green activity wheel

Patterns in heart rate, pupil size may predict Rett syndrome

by  /  18 September 2019

Heart-rate patterns and changes in pupil size may herald Rett syndrome, autism or related conditions.

0 Comments
August 2019
graphic shows eye movement patterns

Visual task may offer brain marker for autism

by  /  19 August 2019

People with autism may show an altered pattern of brain activity when looking at two competing images.

0 Comments
Spiral DNA against a dark background

Patterns of DNA tags mark candidate genes for autism

by  /  15 August 2019

Children with autism who carry mutations in the chromosomal region 16p11.2 or the gene CHD8 — two of the leading risk factors for autism — show distinct patterns of chemical tags on their DNA.

0 Comments
July 2019
Machine accepts chaotic data flow and puts it back out in an organized flow from the other side

Un ordinateur peut-il diagnostiquer l’autisme?

by  /  30 July 2019

L’apprentissage automatique (machine learning) présente une possibilité pour aider les cliniciens à repérer l'autisme plus tôt, mais des obstacles techniques et éthiques demeurent.

0 Comments

How the social hormone vasopressin might help autistic people

by  /  9 July 2019

A drug that mimics the hormone vasopressin improves social skills in autistic people — but so does one that blocks vasopressin’s effects. How can seemingly opposing manipulations produce similar results?

0 Comments