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Low Birth Weight Ups Risk Of Autism
2011-10-17 12:50:58

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing researchers have found a link between low birth weight and children diagnosed with autism. The researchers found that premature infants are five times more likely to have autism than children born at normal weight. The 862 children in the study were followed for 21 years after being born with a maximum birth weight of 4.4 pounds in New Jersey from September 1984 through July 1987. "As survival of the smallest and most immature babies...

2011-10-11 12:18:34

New finding provides insight into the psychology of autism-spectrum disorders People with autism process information in unusual ways and often have difficulties in their social interactions in everyday life. While this can be especially striking in those who are otherwise high functioning, characterizing this difficulty in detail has been challenging. Now, researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have isolated a very specific difference in how high-functioning...

2011-10-05 05:53:07

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Autism is one of the most common genetic alterations, caused by a deletion of the 27-gene cluster on chromosome 16. By generating mouse models of autism, scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) provided the first evidence that inheriting fewer copies of these genes leads to features resembling those used to diagnose children with autism. "Children normally inherit one copy of a gene from each parent. We had the tools to see whether copy number changes...

Evidence Found For Genetic Basis Of Autism
2011-10-04 04:32:58

[ Watch the Video ] Models of autism show that gene copy number controls brain structure and behavior Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have discovered that one of the most common genetic alterations in autism -- deletion of a 27-gene cluster on chromosome 16 -- causes autism-like features. By generating mouse models of autism using a technique known as chromosome engineering, CSHL Professor Alea Mills and colleagues provide the first functional evidence that inheriting...

2011-10-03 05:48:31

By Alicia Rose DelGallo, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Mice with a single defective gene are showing striking parallels to humans with autism. According to a study published in the September 30th issue of Cell, a Cell Press publication, the mouse model offers several promising discoveries. The study involved developing mice lacking CNTNAP2, a rare variant of the gene that has been shown to cause a form of autism known as cortical dysplasia-focal epilepsy syndrome...

2011-09-29 17:35:00

Eagles owners commit to furthering cutting-edge autism research in their backyard Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 29, 2011 Christina Weiss Lurie and Jeffrey Lurie, Eagles owners and co-founders of the Lurie Family Foundation, announced a $2.5 million gift today to The Childrenâs Hospital of Philadelphiaâs Center for Autism Research (CAR). The gift will support genetic and brain imaging research to enable earlier diagnoses and more effective treatments for autism...

2011-09-19 18:53:59

Research Supported by the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network Presented at the Society for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Meeting Research supported by the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN), demonstrating that symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity worsen quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), was presented today at the Society for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas....

2011-09-19 07:43:33

Defining sociodemographic risk factors may give clues to causes of autism spectrum disorders New research from the University of Utah in collaboration with the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) shows that the presence or absence of intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) varies with risk factors such as gender, parental age, maternal ethnicity, and maternal level of education. The study, published Sept. 15, 2011, in Autism Research, also shows that household income...

2011-09-19 07:25:37

These changes may also affect the mix of bacteria present in the digestive tract Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and at the Harvard Medical School report that children with autism and gastrointestinal disturbances have altered expression of genes involved in digestion. These variations may contribute to changes in the types of bacteria in their intestines. Full study findings are reported online in the...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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