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2012-05-10 22:50:08

A recently evolved pattern of gene activity in the language and decision-making centers of the human brain is missing in a disorder associated with autism and learning disabilities, a new study by Yale University researchers shows. "This is the cost of being human," said Nenad Sestan, associate professor of neurobiology, researcher at Yale's Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, and senior author of the paper. "The same evolutionary mechanisms that may have gifted our species with amazing...

2012-05-09 19:39:51

The deletion of part of a gene that plays a role in the synthesis of carnitine — an amino acid derivative that helps the body use fat for energy — may play a role in milder forms of autism, said a group of researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. "This is a novel inborn error of metabolism," said Dr. Arthur Beaudet, chair of molecular and human genetics at BCM and a physician at Texas Children's Hospital, and the senior author of the...

2012-05-07 20:22:05

The deletion of part of a gene that plays a role in the synthesis of carnitine — an amino acid derivative that helps the body use fat for energy — may play a role in milder forms of autism, said a group of researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine (http://www.bcm.edu) and Texas Children's Hospital (http://www.texaschildrens.org). "This is a novel inborn error of metabolism," said Dr. Arthur Beaudet (http://www.bcm.edu/genetics/index.cfm?pmid=10579), chair of...

2012-05-01 16:23:49

Autism has a strong genetic basis, but so far efforts to identify the responsible genes have had mixed results. The reason for this is that autism is influenced by many different genes, and different genes are involved in different individuals, making it hard to find the common genetic ground between patients. Now, research conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has shown that despite this fact, the different genes involved in autism tend to be involved in specific processes in...

Links Between Smoking During Pregnancy  And Autism
2012-04-27 07:28:43

Women who smoke in pregnancy may be more likely to have a child with high-functioning autism, such as Asperger´s Disorder, according to preliminary findings from a study by researchers involved in the U.S. autism surveillance program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . “It has long been known that autism is an umbrella term for a wide range of disorders that impair social and communication skills,” says Amy Kalkbrenner, assistant professor in the University...

2012-04-26 22:18:07

Reports new study in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry In a study published in the May 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, led by Mr. Sven Sandin, of the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and King's College London, researchers analyzed past studies to investigate possible associations between maternal age and autism. While much research has been done to identify potential genetic causes of autism, this analysis...

Progress Being Made In Autism Research
2012-04-26 05:12:17

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com Out of four million children born each year in the United States, 400,000 to 600,000 are born with neurodevelopmental disorders - including autism. With this alarming rate, there has been an increase in the amount of research done to examine the disorder.  Recent studies by a number of institutions have made progress in understanding autism as an illness. To begin, an editorial that was recently published by the Mount Sinai Medical Center in the...

2012-04-25 20:13:40

A new study, published by Cell Press in the April 26 issue of the journal Neuron, discovers several genes associated with autism and finds evidence for a shared genetic mechanism underlying autism and fragile X syndrome, the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability. It is well established that genetic variation caused by mutation can lead to autism spectrum disorders, and research has repeatedly implicated "de novo" (new) mutations, those that show up for the first time in...

2012-04-19 21:04:45

A new approach to investigating hard-to-find chromosomal abnormalities has identified 33 genes associated with autism and related disorders, 22 for the first time. Several of these genes also appear to be altered in different ways in individuals with psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, symptoms of which may begin in adolescence or adulthood. "By sequencing the genomes of a group of children with neurodevelopmental abnormalities, including autism, who were also known to have...

2012-04-17 23:01:57

Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region announces the opening of its new Autism Diagnostic Clinic. With the expertise of an interdisciplinary team of experienced professionals, diagnoses are possible in children as young as age two Villa Park (PRWEB) April 17, 2012 Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region announces the opening of its new Autism Diagnostic Clinic at the Villa Park location, 830 S. Addison. With the expertise of an interdisciplinary team of experienced...


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Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'