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2012-12-17 14:33:32

Parents often wonder how much of the world their young children really understand. Though typically developing children are not able to speak or point to objects on command until they are between eighteen months and two years old, they do provide clues that they understand language as early as the age of one. These clues provide a point of measurement for psychologists interested in language comprehension of toddlers and young children with autism, as demonstrated in a new video-article...

2012-12-08 05:03:47

Customer appreciation sale offers a 50 percent discount on all downloadable products and professional training webcasts. Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) December 07, 2012 In special recognition of all of its loyal customers, Special Learning, Inc., the leading global provider of mobile technology applications and educational resources for the autism community, announced today the start of a year-end customer appreciation sale. Throughout December 2012, all customers will receive 50 percent off...

2012-12-06 15:28:02

The study, led by an OHSU School of Dentistry researcher, is the first to link blood pressure with levels of a molecule known as BDNF, or Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University's School of Dentistry have made an important connection between a molecule critical to nerve cells and high blood pressure. Production of the molecule Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) appears to increase dramatically in blood pressure-sensing nerve cells...

2012-12-03 20:50:08

Down syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is the leading cause of genetically defined intellectual disability. In the brain, Down syndrome results in alterations in the connections between neurons and a reduction in the development of new neurons (neurogenesis) that usually occurs during learning. In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers led by Laura Gasparini at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genova, Italy report that lithium, a drug commonly used...

Autistic Youth Who Make It To College Gravitate Toward STEM Majors
2012-11-16 14:17:23

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) received some much needed good news in the form of a study published online in the Journal of Autism and Development Disorders. The study, co-authored by Paul Shattuck, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, confirms a previously held belief that individuals with an ASD typically graduate to science, technology, engineering...

2012-11-09 11:06:33

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown that a single protein plays an oversized role in intellectual and behavioral development. The scientists found that mutations in a single gene, which is known to cause intellectual disability and increase the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, severely disrupts the organization of developing brain circuits during early childhood. This study helps explain how genetic mutations can cause profound...

2012-11-09 11:01:17

Neurodevelopmental disorders such as intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders are marked by mutations that impair signaling between neurons. These mutations cause key brain circuits involved in learning and memory to develop too quickly, leading to long-lasting behavioral and cognitive deficits, according to a study published by Cell Press in the November 9th issue of the journal Cell. The findings could pave the way to new treatment strategies for severe forms of...

2012-10-31 03:31:20

The development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is much like that of children without ASD at 6 months of age, but differs afterwards. That's the main finding of the largest prospective, longitudinal study to date comparing children with early and later diagnosis of ASD with children without ASD. The study appears in the journal Child Development and has implications for clinical work, public health, and policy. The study was conducted by researchers at the Kennedy Krieger...

2012-10-30 12:35:05

A study in The Journal of Cell Biology shows how a transcription factor called STAT3 remains in the axon of nerve cells to help prevent neurodegeneration. The findings could pave the way for future drug therapies to slow nerve damage in patients with neurodegenerative diseases. In Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) and other neurodegenerative diseases, nerve cells usually die in stages, with axons deteriorating first and the cells themselves perishing later. Axon degeneration may represent a...


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