1% of patients registered in a health initiative carry at least one rare gene variant linked to an increased risk of a neuropsychiatric disorder such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. One third of those with a variant had been diagnosed with a mental health disorder.
Following microbiota transfer therapy, researchers found improvements in microbial taxa and genes implicated in microbial pathways associated with improved behavioral and physical symptoms of ASD.
Researchers have developed a new mixed reality game that can help children on the autism spectrum to develop better motor skills.
Those on the autism spectrum are more likely to consider the body and mind to be one, while those not on the autism spectrum are more likely to believe the body and the mind are separate entities.
Study reveals a signaling pathway that controls the formation of synapses between pyramidal neurons and inhibitory neurons expressing the parvalbumin protein.
The TOP2a gene controls a network of genes that contribute to ASD. Drugs that suppress TOP2a during development can turn on a cluster of other genes that disrupt brain development and increase autism risks. Alterations to the TOP2a gene may be responsible for the social behavioral difficulties associated with ASD.