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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Autism Research: Biomarker for autism that may aid diagnostics ♦ Clues to development of altruism ♦ Children with autism benefit from theater based program

Researchers find biomarker for autism that may aid diagnostics By identifying a key signaling defect within a specific membrane structure in all cells, researchers believe they have found both a possible reliable biomarker for diagnosing certain forms of autism and a potential therapeutic target.
Relationship between sympathy, helping others could provide clues to development of altruism Developmental psychologists long have debated whether individuals volunteer and help others because they are sympathetic or whether they are sympathetic because they are prosocial. Now, new research helps clarify some of the confusion, which could lead to better interventions to promote positive behaviors in adolescents and clues as to what makes some individuals altruistic.
Children with autism benefit from theater-based program Children with autism who participated in a 10-week, 40-hour, theatre-based program showed significant differences in social ability compared to a group of children with autism who did not participate.

Novel imaging study demonstrates how the 'social brain' is functionally impaired in autism spectrum disorder Brain areas linked to social behaviors are both underdeveloped and insufficiently networked in youths with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to study participants without ASD.

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