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2011-09-12 14:53:58

The first transgenic mouse model of a rare and severe type of autism called Timothy Syndrome is improving the scientific understanding of autism spectrum disorder in general and may help researchers design more targeted interventions and treatments. The research is described in a paper published last week by scientists at the University at Buffalo and Stanford University in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The transgenic mouse developed at UB exhibits the repetitive...

2011-09-06 16:55:00

Texas-Based Specialty Clinic, ADD Wellness, examines the possible links between metabolic systems and symptoms of ASD's. The Woodlands, TX (PRWEB) September 06, 2011 Metabolic Issues in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are neurological disorders that often cause an impairment in the ability of an individual to appropriately interact with others in social settings, may limit their ability to clearly communicate on an emotional level, and frequently are...

2011-09-02 16:43:27

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital have used a novel method for analyzing brain-scan data to distinguish children with autism from typically developing children. Their discovery reveals that the gray matter in a network of brain regions known to affect social communication and self-related thoughts has a distinct organization in people with autism. The findings will be published online Sept. 2 in Biological Psychiatry. While...

2011-08-16 06:45:26

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The risk that an infant with an older sibling with autism will also develop the disorder, previously estimated at between 3 and 10 percent, is substantially higher at approximately 19 percent, according to this study. While the study found a combined estimated risk for all participants of nearly19 percent, it found an even more elevated risk of recurrence of over 26 percent for male infants, and over 32 percent for infants with more than one older sibling with autism....

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2011-08-15 12:05:00

A new study has found that if a child has autism, the risk of a younger sibling also developing the disorder is higher than previously thought. Researchers from the University of California, Davis studied 664 infants up to the age of three during the study. They found the average risk was 18 percent for siblings who have other siblings with autism.  Previous research says the average risk was 3 to 10 percent. The study involved infants from 20 different places across the U.S. and...

2011-08-09 14:26:00

New research shows six-fold risk of ASD in grandchildren of acrodynia survivors SafeMinds calls on the pharmaceutical industry to remove mercury from all products, including vaccines. ATLANTA, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers from Australia have identified an ancestry of Pink Disease (Infantile Acrodynia) as a risk factor for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Pink disease was common in the first half of the 20th century as a mysterious illness affecting children between...

2011-07-25 15:44:37

The biological causes of autism are still not understood. A diagnosis of autism is only possible after ages three or four; and the tests are subjective, based on behavioral symptoms. Now, in research that appeared in Neuron, scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, San Diego have found, for the first time, a method that can accurately identify a biological sign of autism in very young toddlers. By scanning the brain activity...

2011-07-20 16:52:58

Children and adults with social withdrawal due to Fragile X syndrome, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and the most common known single gene cause of autism, may benefit from an experimental drug under study by pediatric neurologists at Rush Children's Hospital at Rush University Medical Center. Rush is the only site in Illinois and one of 21 hospitals in the U.S. participating in the trial for Fragile X.  Fragile X syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder...

2011-07-12 12:50:54

Research provides opportunity for identifying genes linked to autism Siblings of people with autism show a similar pattern of brain activity to that seen in people with autism when looking at emotional facial expressions. The University of Cambridge researchers identified the reduced activity in a part of the brain associated with empathy and argue it may be a 'biomarker' for a familial risk of autism. Dr Michael Spencer, who led the study from the University's Autism Research Centre, said:...

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2011-07-12 06:25:00

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health reported on Monday that they have identified a number of perinatal and neonatal conditions that may be linked to autism, although the evidence is still too scarce to point to specific culprits, they said. Autism refers to a group of developmental brain disorders that obstruct a person's ability to communicate and interact socially.  The condition ranges from severe cases of "classic" autism to mild forms like Asperger's syndrome. The...


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