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New NIH Funding for Two Autism Centers of Excellence

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The National Institutes of Health announced new funding for two Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE), bringing to eleven the number of ACE centers now being funded for up to five years.

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Precursor Symptoms to Autism Detected in 6-Month-Old Infants

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Some autism symptoms can be seen in 6-month-old infants, possibly leading to even earlier intervention for this disorder.

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NIH Awards $100 Million for Autism Centers of Excellence Program

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NIMH, along with NICHD, NINDS, NIDCD, and NIEHS, have awarded nine new grants aimed at advancing research on the causes of autism spectrum disorder and finding new treatments.

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Daily or Severe Tantrums May Point to Mental Health Issues

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Most young children lose their temper sometimes, but daily tantrums or tantrums with severe behaviors, such as aggressive or destructive tantrums, are unusual and could signal a larger problem, according to an NIMH-funded study.

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Pattern Recognition Technology May Help Predict Future Mental Illness in Teens

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Computer programs that automatically spot patterns in data may help predict a person’s risk for future mental disorders.

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Training Peers Improves Social Outcomes for Some Kids with ASD

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Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who attend regular education classes may be more likely to improve their social skills if their typically developing peers are taught how to interact with them than if only the children with ASD are taught such skills. According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, a shift away from more commonly used interventions that focus on training children with ASD directly may provide greater social benefits for children with ASD.

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NIH-funded Study Shows Pre-birth Brain Growth Problems Linked to Autism

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Children with autism have more brain cells and heavier brains compared to typically developing children, according to researchers partly funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Brain Chemical Linked to Joylessness Provides Insight Into Teen Depression

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Depressed teens with anhedonia, or the inability to experience pleasure, have lower levels of the neurotransmitter GABA in a key mood-regulating region of the brain, according to an NIMH-funded study published online October 3, in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

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Autism Risk in Younger Siblings May be Higher Than Previously Thought

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Parents of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face about a 19 percent chance that subsequent children will also develop ASD, according to a study partially funded by NIMH.

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Biology, Not Just Society, May Increase Risk of Binge Eating During Puberty

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Biological changes associated with puberty may influence the development of binge eating and related eating disorders, according to a recent study on female rats conducted by NIMH-funded researchers.

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