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2012-06-26 14:05:08

Largest, most unbiased analysis to date finds distinguishing EEG features Widely available EEG testing can distinguish children with autism from neurotypical children as early as age 2, finds a study from Boston Children's Hospital. The study is the largest, most rigorous study to date to investigate EEGs as a potential diagnostic tool for autism, and offers hope for an earlier, more definitive test. Researchers Frank H. Duffy, MD, of the Department of Neurology, and Heidelise Als, PhD,...

2012-06-21 21:08:20

Findings could lead to future therapeutic targets UCLA researchers have combined two tools — gene expression and the use of peripheral blood -- to expand scientists' arsenal of methods for pinpointing genes that play a role in autism. Published in the June 21 online edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics, the findings could help scientists zero in on genes that offer future therapeutic targets for the disorder. "Technological advances now allow us to rapidly sequence...

Zebrafish Used In Autism Research
2012-06-20 06:10:52

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com Apes and humans are thought to be intertwined in evolutionary theory, but how about fish and humans? A new study utilized zebrafish in a study regarding human brain disorders. In particular, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers recently revealed that they took a fresh approach to understanding the roles of genes linked to autism and demonstrated how zebrafish could be utilized in examining the genes that contribute to human brain disorders....

2012-06-07 10:13:34

Results may suggest environmental trigger for autism, but only in genetically predisposed individuals Psychoactive medications in water affect the gene expression profiles of fathead minnows in a way that mimics the gene expression patterns associated with autism spectrum disorder in genetically susceptible humans, according to research published June 6 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. These results suggest a potential environmental trigger for autism spectrum disorder in this...

2012-06-06 10:37:04

A specific antioxidant supplement may be an effective therapy for some features of autism, according to a pilot trial from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital that involved 31 children with the disorder. The antioxidant, called PharmaNAC, contains pharmaceutical-grade N-acetylcysteine and is specially-packed to preserve its potency. PharmaNAC lowered irritability in children with autism as well as reduced the children's repetitive behaviors....

2012-06-01 11:42:01

A new study in Biological Psychiatry reports Autism is a developmental disorder that affects social and communication skills. Irritability is a symptom of autism that can complicate adjustment at home and other settings, and can manifest itself in aggression, tantrums, and self-injurious behavior. These disruptive behaviors are frequently observed in children with autism, which may considerably affect their ability to function at home or in school. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is approved by...

2012-05-24 23:02:49

A team of UC Davis researchers has found that mothers who had fevers during their pregnancies were more than twice as likely to have a child with autism or developmental delay than were mothers who did not have a fever or who took medication to counter its effect. Sacramento, Calif. (PRWEB) May 23, 2012 A team of UC Davis researchers has found that mothers who had fevers during their pregnancies were more than twice as likely to have a child with autism or developmental delay than were...

2012-05-23 20:52:53

Outcome leads authors to recommend further studies of inflammation and neurodevelopment A team of UC Davis researchers has found that mothers who had fevers during their pregnancies were more than twice as likely to have a child with autism or developmental delay than were mothers of typically developing children, and that taking medication to treat fever countered its effect. "Our study provides strong evidence that controlling fevers while pregnant may be effective in modifying the...

2012-05-19 23:01:47

Experts on Autism Deliver Latest Advancements at Eden Autism Services' Lecture Series June 8th. Famililies, Medical Community Invited to attend. Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) May 19, 2012 Eden Autism Services, a New Jersey-based not-for-profit organization serving individuals with autism, and Princeton University presents its 18th Annual Lecture Series, Autism: A Journey in Optimism and Opportunity, on Friday, June 8, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Princeton University when leading research...

New Autism Test Is As Easy As Picking Up Your Baby
2012-05-18 04:50:20

Doctors are now saying there is a simple, new way to test 6 month olds for autism and other growth delays. A study by the Kennedy Krieger Institute found children with a high risk for autism also had weak head and neck control. A majority of the children who fit both of these descriptions were later diagnosed with autism and other social delays. Though these studies are preliminary, these findings are the first to suggest that early delays in motor development may be a warning sign for...


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