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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...

2012-04-10 05:05:09

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- With an alarming number of obese individuals today, a study was conducted that focuses especially on obese mothers and the risks their children could face. Researchers have developed a link between maternal diabetes and obesity and the chance of giving birth to a child with autism or another disability caused during the developmental process. Researchers affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute found that mothers who were obese were 1-2/3 times more likely to...

Obesity In Mothers Increases Chances Of Autism In Children
2012-04-09 09:29:34

A new study conducted by researchers affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute is proposing that women suffering from obesity during pregnancy may increase their chances of having a child with autism. The study, published online in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that clinically obese mothers were 1-2/3 times more likely to have a child diagnosed with autism as normal-weight mothers without diabetes or hypertension. They were also more than twice as...

2012-04-05 14:06:10

New technique reveals another piece of spectrum's genetic architecture There is little argument among experts that autism spectrum disorders (ASD), complex developmental disabilities that vary widely in their severity, are caused by both genetic and environmental factors. Advances in genome sequencing now permit scientists to uncover specific mutations in DNA that are associated with ASD at unprecedented resolution. Such data are vital to understanding the genetic basis of the disorder....

2012-04-05 09:35:52

Non-inherited mutations spotlight role of environment — NIH-supported study, consortium Researchers have turned up a new clue to the workings of a possible environmental factor in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs): fathers were four times more likely than mothers to transmit tiny, spontaneous mutations to their children with the disorders. Moreover, the number of such transmitted genetic glitches increased with paternal age. The discovery may help to explain earlier evidence linking...