Genetics

Study finds that genes play a role in empathy

A new study published today suggests that how empathic we are is not just a result of our upbringing and experience but also partly a result of our genes.

Neuroscience

Folic acid lessens autism risk for fetal anti-epileptic exposure

(HealthDay)—For children exposed to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in utero, the risk of autistic traits may be mitigated by use of periconceptional folic acid supplementation, according to a study published online Dec. 26 ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Lasting autistic traits in women with anorexia

Women with anorexia display clear autistic traits, even once the eating disorder is under control and they have achieved a normal weight, according to research from Sahlgrenska Academy. The similarities between anorexia and ...

Autism spectrum disorders

Lab confirms vitamin D link to autism traits

Researchers at The University of Queensland's Queensland Brain Institute have found a link between vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy and increased autism traits.

Autism spectrum disorders

Understanding social impairments in autism

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich together with colleagues in Cologne and Zürich have used mathematical models to explain differences in social behaviour associated with autistic personality ...

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