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2011-04-04 14:41:50

Mapping data shows enhanced activity in the 'perception' part of the brain Researchers directed by Dr. Laurent Mottron at the University of Montreal's Centre for Excellence in Pervasive Development Disorders (CETEDUM) have determined that people with autism concentrate more brain resources in the areas associated with visual detection and identification, and conversely, have less activity in the areas used to plan and control thoughts and actions. This might explain their outstanding...

2011-04-01 10:32:00

COLUMBIA, S.C., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- April is Autism Awareness Month. To help reporters develop stories about Autism Spectrum Disorders, the University of South Carolina has compiled a list of faculty experts. To interview a faculty member, contact the staff member listed with each entry, or call the Office of Media Relations at 803-777-5400. The Autism - Fragile X relationship Dr. Jane Roberts, associate professor of psychology, is among a handful of researchers who...

2011-01-07 18:45:36

The first drug to treat the underlying disorder instead of the symptoms of Fragile X, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability, shows some promise according to a new study published in the January issue of Science Translational Medicine. Researchers from Rush University Medical Center helped design the study and are now participating in the larger follow-up clinical trial. The data from the early trial of 30 Fragile X patients, found the drug, called AFQ056, made by Novartis...

2010-12-14 00:01:41

Aaron Academy in New York City has a deeper understanding of Autism and the new array of classifications which has led to the creation of their dual core curriculum and a focus on Aspergers Syndrome. New York, NY (PRWEB) December 13, 2010 Aaron Academy has created a new dual core curriculum with a focus on Aspergers Syndrome. Aaron Academy is a private, special education school dedicated to insuring that all students will become responsible, successful citizens of the 21st Century as...

2010-11-17 17:05:02

Social factors can play a key role in whether or not a child is diagnosed as autistic, a new study has found. Boys were more likely to receive a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) than girls, even when symptoms were equally severe, according to researchers at the universities of Exeter and Bristol. "We wanted to find out what distinguishes those children without diagnosis but with autistic traits from those who have received a formal ASD diagnosis in the clinic," explained lead...

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2010-11-16 09:05:00

Kennedy Krieger researchers confirm children with autism are unlikely to outgrow handwriting problems, recommend intervention therapies The handwriting problems that affect children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are likely to continue into their teenage years, according to a study from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md. The research is published in the November 16, 2010 issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. In...

2010-05-03 07:57:48

Study also finds that symptoms are associated with sleep, behavior problems Parents of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) sometimes report that their children suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, such as diarrhea and constipation. However, studies on how prevalent these symptoms are have had conflicting results. A new study conducted by Autism Speaks' Autism Treatment Network (ATN) shows that GI symptoms occur in nearly half of children with ASD, and the...

2010-04-08 14:40:00

Social influence plays a substantial role in the surging number of autism diagnoses, according to a study published in the American Journal of Sociology. The study, by researchers from the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University, found that children living near a child who has been previously diagnosed with autism have a much higher chance of being diagnosed themselves in the following year. The increased likelihood of being diagnosed is not due to...

2009-09-22 10:41:35

Major study involves university professor of psychiatry The first ever major study into adults living with autism was published today (Tuesday 22nd September) by the NHS Information Centre. The report, entitled 'Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living in households throughout England 2007' was written by Professor Terry Brugha, a Consultant Psychiatrist with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Leicester with a team of UK researchers This...

2009-07-08 19:09:41

Children with autism may rely less than normally developing children on visual cues, U.S. researchers say. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, suggests interventions to enhance visual-motor associations in children with autism as they learn new skills may also improve social skills. If the way their brain is wired is not allowing them to rely as much as typically developing children on external visual cues to guide behavior, they may have difficulty learning how to interact with...