New study supports link between ADHD and traumatic brain injury

Written by James McIntosh A recent study of Canadian adults has found links between traumatic brain injury and a history of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, suggesting that adults with a history of brain injuries may benefit from improved screening for the behavioral disorder. The study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, utilized data obtained from a telephone survey of the adult residents of Ontario, Canada. “These new data suggest a significant association between ADHD [attention-deficit […]

Scientists discover how a gene mutation causes autism

Written by Honor Whiteman Though previous research has associated numerous different gene mutations with autism, exactly how these mutations contribute to the development of the condition has been unclear. Now, a new study published in the journal Cell has uncovered the workings behind one autism-related gene mutation. Conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, the study reveals how mutations in a gene called UBE3A drive it […]

Psychologists develop first adult self-assessment for repetitive behaviors in autism

Psychologists from Cardiff University have developed the first self-assessment test designed to help clinicians diagnose autism in adults. Published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders the test measures the extent to which adults are affected by repetitive behaviours – one of the criteria used to diagnose autism. These behaviours include common habits and routines, such as lining up objects or arranging them in patterns, fiddling obsessively with objects, or insisting that aspects of […]