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2014-08-15 04:21:09

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fielding Graduate University, based in Santa Barbara, California, has recently acquired a nationally recognized doctoral program in infant and early childhood development from The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). This graduate program is dedicated to redefining and promoting each child's development to his or her fullest potential. The retitled PhD program, Infant and Early Childhood Development with an...

2014-08-04 12:46:43

Stanford University Medical Center CHARGE, which affects 1 in 10,000 babies, is an acronym whose letters stand for some of the more common symptoms of the condition: coloboma of the eye, heart defects, atresia of the choanae, retardation of growth and/or development, genital and/or urinary abnormalities, and ear abnormalities and deafness. Originally, the researchers were examining the tumor-suppressive properties of the protein, called p53, not investigating developmental disorders....

Fragile X Syndrome
2014-02-28 13:24:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from a team of American researchers has found a genetic mechanism that shuts off the gene associated with fragile X syndrome – which causes developmental disorders such as mental retardation and autism. According to the team’s report in the journal Science, they were successfully able to a test drug that blocks this blocking mechanism. While it has been known that the syndrome is driven by the excessive repetition...

2013-09-18 13:22:43

UC Davis MIND Institute research finds rigorous evaluations are needed to accurately diagnose autism in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome Children with a genetic disorder called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, who frequently are believed to also have autism, often may be misidentified because the social impairments associated with their developmental delay may mimic the features of autism, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute suggests. The study is the first to...

2013-02-21 11:34:39

Molecular switch promises new targets for diagnosis and therapy Fetal alcohol syndrome is the leading preventable cause of developmental disorders in developed countries. And fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), a range of alcohol-related birth defects that includes fetal alcohol syndrome, is thought to affect as many as 1 in 100 children born in the United States. Any amount of alcohol consumed by the mother during pregnancy poses a risk of FASD, a condition that can include the...

Autistic Children Benefit From Early Intervention Methods
2012-11-07 08:15:41

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from Yale School of Medicine recently discovered that, when provided earlier treatment, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) showed serious improvements in behavior, communication and brain function. Dr. Fred Volkmar, Kevin A. Pelphrey, and other researchers at the Yale Child Study Center published the study on early treatment, paving a way for brain change in autistic children. The findings were discussed...

2012-06-13 09:57:19

Unique UCLA program that teaches social skills proves effective over long term Teenagers with autism spectrum disorder are in a bind. The disorder is characterized by impairments in communication and social interaction, but it's a continuum, so some teens diagnosed with ASD are considered high functioning and healthy enough to be "mainstreamed" in school. But without the proper social skills, even mainstreamed teens don't quite fit into the general social milieu of middle school or high...

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...

2012-05-15 19:15:39

Scientists at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) have discovered that mice that lack a gene called Snf2l have brains that are 35 per cent larger than normal. The research, led by Dr. David Picketts and published in the prestigious journal Developmental Cell, could lead to new approaches to stimulate brain regeneration and may provide important insight into developmental disorders such as autism and Rett syndrome. Dr. Picketts and his team...

2012-03-12 14:46:13

Study finds possible association between some work exposures and risk for offspring Could parental exposure to solvents at work be linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in their children? According to an exploratory study by Erin McCanlies, a research epidemiologist from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and colleagues, such exposures could play a role, but more research would be needed to confirm an association. Their pilot study is published online in...


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