People with autism experience pain at a higher intensity than those not on the autism spectrum and are less adaptable to the sensation. This revelation contradicts the prevailing belief that those with ASD tend to be indifferent to pain.
Between 2000 and 2016, documented cases of ASD increased as much as 500% in the New York - New Jersey metro region. The highest increase was in children without intellectual disabilities. Researchers say as many as 2 out of 3 children diagnosed with autism have no intellectual disabilities at all.
Researchers have created a collection of month-to-month infant brain maps that capture the fine detail of changes in the early developing brain.
Delving deeper into the phenomenon of social camouflaging could help improve research into autism spectrum disorder.
The autism-associated TOP2B H58Y genetic mutation was significantly less mobile than the TOP2B WT mutation. Researchers say TOP2B H58Y's retrained movement is mediated by ATPase activity.
Study builds on mounting evidence that suggests rhesus monkeys may be a good model to study social deficits associated with autism spectrum disorder.
A freely available new questionnaire of measures of autism symptoms can help screen for ASD and monitor symptoms over time.
MEF2C, a gene critical for brain development and regulating circuit formation in the brain also plays a significant role in inner ear development. Mutations of MEF2C have previously been linked to ASD. Researchers found mice with only one copy of the MEF2C gene had reduced activity in the auditory nerve.