Latest Causes of autism Stories

Autism Risk Linked To Men Who Father Kids Later In Life
2013-03-21 13:42:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has found that men who have children later in life are more likely to have grandchildren with autism. According to the team´s report in JAMA Psychiatry, older men may inadvertently pass on ℠silent mutations´ that increase the risk of disease in their grandchildren. These mutations have no apparent impact on the fathers' own children, but there may be a cumulative interactive effect...

2013-03-21 10:22:47

Women who experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse as children are more likely to have a child with autism than women who were not abused, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Those who experienced the most serious abuse had the highest likelihood of having a child with autism – three-and-a-half times more than women who were not abused. "Our study identifies a completely new risk factor for autism," said lead author Andrea Roberts, research...

Results Indicate A Precursor To 'Sticky Attention' Problems Seen In Older Children With Autism
2013-03-20 10:44:52

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Children who are later diagnosed with autism have subtle but measurable differences in attention as early as 7 months of age, finds a study published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Researchers found that infants who went on to be diagnosed with autism are slower to shift their gaze from one object to another, compared to peers who did not receive the diagnosis. The scientists also identified specific brain circuits that seem to cause the...

2013-03-15 11:16:09

Study opens promising new direction in autism research Autism Speaks, the world´s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced a study  supported by one of Autism Speaks´ first Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Awards, presents a new theory that autism may result from chronic danger signaling by mitochondria, cell structures that supply our cells with energy. This study by Trailblazer researcher and mitochondrial medicine specialist Robert Naviaux,...

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...

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....

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