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2011-07-05 13:00:53

Environmental component may be substantial After evaluating twin pairs in which at least one child has autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), researchers suggest that the shared environment may play a more substantial role in development of the condition than shared genes do, according to a report published Online First today by Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Current estimates suggest that 40 of every 10,000 children have autism, and prevalence rates for...

2011-06-22 22:35:20

UCSD researchers say finding could lead to earlier diagnoses and treatment In a novel imaging study of sleeping toddlers, scientists at the University of California, San Diego Autism Center of Excellence report that a diminished ability of a young brain's hemispheres to "sync" with one another could be a powerful, new biological marker of autism, one that might enable an autism diagnosis at a very young age. Writing in the June 23 issue of the journal Neuron, Eric Courchesne, PhD, professor...

2011-06-14 01:29:45

Autism is often described as a spectrum "“ varying from severe syndromes in which the symptoms of autism are only part of the problem to the more classic autism characterized by impaired social skills, delayed language development, and repetitive or stereotyped behaviors. The genetic origin of the disorder may also occur along a spectrum. On one hand, a severe mutation affecting a particular gene gives rise to syndromic autism, a form of the disorder that occurs along with other...

2011-06-14 01:28:27

Many roads can lead to the same place, often crossing over one another and sometimes passing the same landmarks. The interactome, or protein interaction network, for autism spectrum disorders developed by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital in collaboration with scientists at the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute demonstrates how protein pathways converge, diverge and...

2011-05-27 07:04:45

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- For decades, autism researchers have faced a baffling riddle: how to unravel a disorder that leaves no known physical trace as it develops in the brain. Now a UCLA study is the first to reveal how the disorder makes its mark at the molecular level, resulting in an autistic brain that differs dramatically in structure from a healthy one. The discovery also identifies a new line of attack for researchers, who currently face a vast array of potential fronts for tackling the...

2011-05-18 15:22:12

A gene-sequencing study of children with autism, described in an advance online publication in Nature Genetics on 15 May, offers a sneak peek at a technique which, combined with other approaches, may explain 40 to 50 percent of the genetic causes of the disorder within just a few years, proposes the study's lead investigator. This approach, says Evan Eichler of the University of Washington in Seattle, will potentially allow clinicians to "lift the hood on what has gone wrong in each...

2011-05-16 13:11:58

Studies include complementary medicine use, medication use, risk for lead toxicity and nutrition Much about autism is unknown, but researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) are working to learn more about the neurodevelopmental disorder and its most effective treatments. A team of researchers from URMC joins researchers from across the world in San Diego this week for the 10th annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). Rochester researchers are...

2011-05-10 17:24:00

National Autism Association Calls for Immediate Congressional and Scientific Investigation Into Autism-Vaccine Link NIXA, Mo., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite numerous studies cited repeatedly by federal officials as proof that vaccines do not cause autism, a new study released today in the Pace Environmental Law Review revealed that over the last two decades, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) has been quietly compensating dozens of vaccine injury...

2011-05-10 11:13:00

Government program has been quietly paying awards to vaccine-injured children with autism for two decades but continues to deny vaccine-autism link. SafeMinds calls for immediate Congressional investigations. WASHINGTON, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by SafeMinds (www.SafeMinds.org): For over 20 years, the federal government has publicly denied a vaccine-autism link, while at the same time its Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has been...

2011-05-08 23:01:00

American, Canadian, and Korean Research by George Washington University and Yale University Reveals Autism Prevalence May be Higher Than Current Estimates WASHINGTON, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Autism may be more common worldwide than previously thought, according to researchers from the George Washington University (GW) and Yale University. The researchers conducted an autism prevalence study for the first time in South Korea and estimated that the prevalence of autism...