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2013-03-01 12:25:02

Families, Scientists Rally in DC to Raise Awareness of Fragile X Gene Research & Keep Funding on Track WASHINGTON, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As scientists uncover the precise links between autism and the fragile x gene, potential treatments to reverse many of the core symptoms of both autism and fragile X syndrome (FXS) are moving closer to reality. Nationwide clinical drug trials are already underway and are showing significant success in reversing symptoms of severe social...

2013-02-27 00:21:26

ADELAIDE, Australia, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the world's biggest and most important international conferences on autism will be held in Adelaide in August this year. The Asia Pacific Autism Conference - featuring experts and attendees from more than 20 countries - occurs every two years. It will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on August 8, 9 and 10. Autism South Australia, in conjunction with the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders, is hosting the...

Autism Risk Revealed By Ultrasound After Birth
2013-02-26 05:03:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A specific brain abnormality, present in low-birth weight newborns, has been linked to an increased risk of autism later in life by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU). The study, which has been published in the latest edition of the Journal of Pediatrics, found these undersized children are seven times more likely to be diagnosed with the neurodevelopmental disorder at some point in their lives if an ultrasound taken...

Altered Gene Linked To Some Autism Behaviors
2013-02-13 09:25:54

Washington University School of Medicine Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a genetic mutation that may underlie common behaviors seen in some people with autism, such as difficulty communicating and resistance to change. An error in the gene, CELF6, leads to disturbances in serotonin, a chemical that relays messages in the brain and has long been suspected to be involved in autism. The researchers identified the error in a child with...

Flu May Increase Autism Risk
2012-11-12 19:30:47

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Contracting the flu while pregnant could lead to a higher risk of that child having autism, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. The study included children born in Denmark between 1997 and 2002, and included those with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. The researchers found that children born to mothers who had the flu during pregnancy or fevers lasting more than a week have a slightly higher risk...

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2012-09-20 08:58:33

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Poor eye contact. Loss of language skills. These are just a few behavior attributes of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the National Institute of Health. Scientists at the Rush University Medical Center and the University of California, Davis MIND Institute recently discovered that an investigational compound focusing on the main symptoms of fragile X syndrome is able to help treat social withdrawal....

Autism Risk Increased For Kids Of Older Dads
2012-08-23 10:20:18

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from deCODE Genetics, an Icelandic firm, recently discovered that a father´s age is connected to an increased risk of autism and schizophrenia. The study states that random mutations can become more prevalent with increased paternal age. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, it is the first report by scientists that quantifies the effect of the disorders. The findings were published recently in the online edition...

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2012-08-02 22:19:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Having a pet around may just help improve an autistic child's social skills, according to a new study published in PLoS ONE journal. Autistic children who had a pet after they turned five were more likely to offer comfort and share things, researchers from the Hospital Research Center of Brest in France found. However, the children who had pets in the family since birth did not show to have had the same effect as the others. The...

2012-08-02 02:30:18

ST. LOUIS, August 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sigma-Aldrich(® )Corporation (Nasdaq: SIAL) today announced that Sigma Advanced Genetic Engineering (SAGE) Labs, an initiative of Sigma(®) Life Science and Autism Speaks(®), the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, expanded a collaboration to develop the first rat models with modified autism associated genes, intended to accelerate discovery and translational autism research. Expansion of the collaboration follows...

2012-07-19 10:23:00

MIAMI, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WHO: National Fragile X Foundation, fragilex.org WHAT: Press Conference on Major Announcements Related to Premutation and Autism WHEN: Thursday, July 26, 3:20 p.m. WHERE: Intercontinental Hotel, Concourse II Room, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131 SPEAKERS: Masha Mailick Seltzer, PhD, Director, University of Wisconsin Waisman Center Flora...