Category: Autism Research

News and articles about recent autism research at Massachusetts General Hospital.

A Matter of Touch: Researchers Uncover A New Source of Symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Researchers have identified a new source for the symptoms of touch overreactivity in some individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

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Why We Need a Better Awareness of How Autism Spectrum Disorder Differs in Women

Are the current clinical guidelines for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) weighted too heavily toward male patients? That’s the conclusion of a team of researchers from the Lurie Center for Autism.

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New Protocol Could Improve Early Autism Diagnosis Through Eye Tracking

Researchers from the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital has developed a new testing protocol to screen infants, toddlers and young children for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using eye tracking software. The tool could increase early detection rates and reduce the time and cost of current screening techniques.

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Could Folic Acid Help Reduce the Rates of Autism and Schizophrenia?

Folate levels have, once again, become an area of interest for a Massachusetts General Hospital -based research team after finding that increased in utero folic acid exposure is associated with changes in brain development later in life that could reduce the risk of psychosis and schizophrenia.

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Game On for Autism Research at Mass General

Researchers at the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital are exploring how commercial technologies might help children with autism communicate. The project is being supported by Game On For Autism Research (GoFAR, ), a non-profit founded by impassioned teenager Jamie Menhall from BU Academy High School in Boston. The Potential of Affinity Therapy “Affinity therapy” […]

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Brain Imaging Studies Provide New Insights into Biological Basis of Behaviors in Schizophrenia and Autism

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are using brain imaging technology to learn more about how individuals with autism and schizophrenia view the world through different lenses.

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Five Things to Know: The Blood-Brain Barrier, Intestinal Permeability and Autism

A Mass General research team recently found alterations in the permeability of both the intestines and blood-brain barriers of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

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