Kids with autism learn, grow with the ‘social robot’

Robots may hold the keys to social success for kids with autism. That’s the takeaway from an experimental home-based therapy in which autonomous “social” robots modeled and encouraged behaviors like maintaining eye contact and paying attention while playing with 12 […]

Discovery of a key protein involved in the development of autism

Most individuals with autism spectrum disorder cannot be distinguished by physical traits or by severe neurological symptoms. In fact, these cases can be identified only on the basis of certain behaviours, namely their obsessive focus on certain activities and difficulties […]

Brain scans yield more clues to autism

July 17, 2018, by Amy Norton, HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay)—Children with autism show abnormalities in a deep brain circuit that typically makes socializing enjoyable, a new study finds. Using MRI brain scans, researchers found that kids with autism showed differences in […]

Humanoid Robot Teaches Autistic Kids to Recognize Emotions

Children with autism often seem to want to socialize with robots more than humans, something that researchers at MIT want to harness as a pathway for therapy. The team, partnering with others at Chubu University in Japan and Imperial College London, […]

Why do some people with autism have restricted interests and repetitive movements?

As a society, we’ve come a long way in our understanding of the challenges people with autism face with social communication. But there is a large gap in our understanding of another cluster of behaviours that form part of an […]

Why do some people with autism have restricted interests and repetitive movements?

As a society, we’ve come a long way in our understanding of the challenges people with autism face with social communication. But there is a large gap in our understanding of another cluster of behaviours that form part of an […]

Team develops framework to identify genetic missense mutations linked to autism spectrum disorder

Missense mutations occur when there is a change in one gene’s DNA base pair, and the change results in the substitution of one amino acid for another in the gene’s protein. Mutations that disrupt the function of proteins are widely […]

Exploring a novel bispecific technology engineered to fight a number of cancers

For patients with B-cell cancers like acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) or non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) that don’t respond to or relapse after chemotherapy, prognosis remains poor, and nearly half of patients will lose the fight against their disease.1 However, the field of […]

Deletion of a stem cell factor promotes TBI recovery in mice

DALLAS – Nov. 17, 2017 – UT Southwestern molecular biologists today report the unexpected finding that selectively deleting a stem cell transcription factor in adult mice promotes recovery after traumatic brain injury (TBI). IMAGE: THIS IS (L-R) DR. XIAOLING ZHONG AND […]

Misregulated protein breakdown promotes leukemias and brain cancer

An enzyme that is responsible for the breakdown of specific amino acids in food plays a key role in the development of leukemias and brain cancer, according to scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. They have […]