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2012-02-17 10:57:53

A new study led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found significant differences in brain development starting at age 6 months in high-risk infants who later develop autism, compared to high-risk infants who did not develop autism. "It's a promising finding," said Jason J. Wolff, PhD, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow at UNC's Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD). "At this point, it's a preliminary albeit great first step towards...

2012-02-17 06:32:00

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study from the Infant Brain Imaging Network, which includes researchers at the Center for Autism Research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), found significant differences in brain development starting at age 6 months in high-risk infants who later develop autism, compared to high-risk infants who did not develop autism."It's a tremendously exciting finding," said Sarah Paterson, PhD, director of the Infant...

2012-02-16 12:43:26

A recent study finds no statistically significant correlation between urinary mercury levels and autism, according to a Feb. 15 report in the open access journal PLoS ONE. There has been some concern that mercury may play a role in autism development. To investigate one aspect of this link, Barry Wright of North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust led a team of researchers in a study of 56 children with autism spectrum disorders, and mainstream, special school and sibling controls. The...

2012-02-01 07:09:22

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — One in every 110 people are diagnosed with autism. The behavior characteristics of autism start to emerge over the first few years of life. Some babies, who go on to develop autism, start showing signs as early as their first year. Unfortunately, kids are not firmly diagnosed with the disease until much later. As a result, the vast majority of research on autism has concentrated on children two and older--until now. Earlier studies of the human brain show...

2012-01-30 07:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers at the NAET Autism Treatment Center in Buena Park, CA, hypothesized that major contributors to the development and symptoms of autism include food and nutrient sensitivities. They applied NAET, a combination of a special form of acupressure and kinesiology, to desensitize subjects to multiple allergens as a way to treat symptoms of autism. Their findings were published in the just-released October/November 2011 issue of...

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2012-01-27 06:46:37

A new study has shown that babies who develop autism show different brain responses within the first year of their life. The study may lead to tests that help doctors diagnose autism earlier in life. Autism is a spectrum of disorders where patients have trouble communicating. The disorders range from mental retardation where patients have little ability to communicate to Aspberger´s Syndrome that affects the patients´ social development. Dr. Mark Johnson of Birkbeck at the...

2012-01-26 13:55:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Public Welfare today announced the release of the PA Autism Needs Assessment study, which includes feedback from 3,500 Pennsylvania caregivers and adults with autism, making it the largest study of its kind in the nation. Autism affects an estimated 30,000 Pennsylvania children and adults, and that 85 percent of these individuals also have another diagnosis such as an intellectual disability, physical health...

2012-01-26 11:25:00

Autism organizations concerned that autism diagnostic changes will jeopardize services, impair tracking, and disrupt research around the globe. WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Proposed changes to the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - 5 (DSM-5) will potentially disrupt appropriate and necessary services to hundreds of thousands of individuals in the...

2012-01-26 11:40:35

In their first year of life, babies who will go on to develop autism already show different brain responses when someone looks at or away from them. Although the researchers are careful to say that the study, reported online on January 26 in the Cell Press journal Current Biology, is only a first step toward earlier diagnosis, the findings do suggest that direct brain measures might help to predict the future development of autism symptoms in infants as young as six months. "Our findings...

2012-01-25 04:54:03

Teaching children with autism to 'talk things through in their head' may help them to solve complex day-to-day tasks, which could increase the chances of independent, flexible living later in life, according to new research. The study, led by Durham University, found that the mechanism for using 'inner speech' or 'talking things through in their head' is intact in children with autism but not always used in the same way as typically developing children do. The psychologists found that...