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Marius Wernig, Thomas C. Südhof and their colleagues created these “Induced neuronal (iN) cells” from adult human blood cells. Marius Wernig

Neurons made from blood cells – a new tool for understanding brain diseases

Figuring out what causes diseases like autism, schizophrenia and depression is tricky. Now Stanford University researchers are turning blood into brain cells to study these diseases in a dish.
Alek Minassian (second from left in this courtroom sketch) is accused of driving a van into pedestrians along a stretch of a busy Toronto street on Monday April 23, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould)

Toronto attack: Autism does not increase risk of violence

The evidence indicates that having autism spectrum disorder actually reduces the risk of violence.
In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association stopped using the clinical term Asperger’s syndrome, grouping the condition with other forms of autism under the term ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder.’ (Shutterstock)

What happened to Asperger’s syndrome?

As awareness of Asperger's syndrome has risen within popular consciousness and culture, it has faded from clinical use.
New research reveals that the highest rates of depression are seen in individuals with autism who have above average intelligence. This is different to the general population, where lower intelligence is linked to higher rates of depression. (Unsplash/Ben White)

Almost half of adults with autism struggle with depression

New research reveals the burden of depression on individuals with autism, and that depression rates are higher among those with above average IQ.
An exaggerated immune response during pregnancy, known as ‘maternal immune activation’, could be detrimental to the fetus. from shutterstock.com

Bugs and allergies in pregnancy linked to child developmental disorders, like autism and ADHD

Certain mechanisms that occur as a result of an immune response during an illness in pregnancy could impact a child's brain development. And more studies are showing a relationship between the two.
‘Biomusic’ technology collects autonomic nervous system signals, such as heart rate, through a wearable sensor and maps them to sound. (Shutterstock)

How we can design the music of our emotions

Imagine a collaboratively-designed smartphone app that could provide cues to an autistic individual -- about the emotional state of people they are communicating with.
For many parents, sorting the “normal” quirkiness of childhood behaviour from the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be anxiety provoking. (Shutterstock)

Does my child have autism or is this ‘normal’ behaviour?

Early intervention is key to treating autism, but how is a family to know which quirky childhood behaviours might be symptoms? An educational psychologist explains.
Approximately 87,000 children in Canada are affected by autism. A new web platform promises to help their families access much-needed research knowledge.

Design lab connects autism families with research

Families supporting children with autism urgently need better access to the latest research about evidence-based treatments. A new health design project from Emily Carr University is helping.

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