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2013-08-20 10:51:55

A Danish study of siblings suggests the recurrence risks for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) varied from 4.5 percent to 10.5 percent depending on the birth years, which is higher than the ASD risk of 1.18 percent in the overall Danish population, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. ASDs are neurodevelopmental disorders that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction and communication and also include repetitive behavior and narrow...

2013-08-19 10:28:10

Children with autism and average IQs consistently demonstrated superior math skills compared with nonautistic children in the same IQ range, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. "There appears to be a unique pattern of brain organization that underlies superior problem-solving abilities in children with autism," said Vinod Menon, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and a member of the...

2013-08-01 23:26:53

Working With Autism Inc’s. team of professionals now includes two additional BCBA staff members, making it one of few full service autism agencies offering standardized ABA services for children, teens and young adults. uding Santa Clarita, Saugus, Canyon Country, Valencia and Newhall) (PRWEB) August 01, 2013 Los Angeles County, Santa Clarita, CA (incl Working With Autism Inc’s. (WWA) team of professionals now includes two additional BCBA staff members, making it one of few full...

2013-07-29 23:25:19

Working With Autism's adolescent services unit brings hands-on treatment programs to autism students in Los Angeles. Encino, CA (PRWEB) July 29, 2013 Working With Autism announces latest program, an Adolescent Services Unit, following a service area expansion in Santa Clarita Valley. The Adolescent Unit fills the gap for people looking to continue utilizing services and resources for their autistic children as they reach adolescence. The Adolescent Unit at Working With Autism (WWA)...

Video Game Use Higher Among Boys With Autism, ADHD
2013-07-29 18:50:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study says that children with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD are more likely to be hooked on video games. According to research published in the journal Pediatrics, boys with autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to spend excessive amounts of time playing video games. Scientists found that boys ages eight to 18 with these conditions spent nearly twice as much time on...

2013-07-26 13:36:43

Gene co-expression study is based on data in the Allen Mouse Brain Atlas A team of scientists has obtained intriguing insights into two groups of autism candidate genes in the mammalian brain that new evidence suggests are functionally and spatially related. The newly published analysis identifies two networked groupings from 26 genes associated with autism that are overexpressed in the cerebellar cortex, in areas dominated by neurons called granule cells. The team, composed of...

No Link Autism Prenatal Mercury Exposure
2013-07-24 09:03:48

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have been concerned about the potential impact of exposure to low levels of mercury on the developing brain - specifically by women consuming fish during pregnancy - for a long time. Some have even suggested mercury might be responsible for behavioral disorders such as autism. Led by the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), a new study claims there is no association between prenatal mercury exposure and...

2013-07-11 10:24:33

Sensory processing disorders (SPD) are more prevalent in children than autism and as common as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, yet the condition receives far less attention partly because it's never been recognized as a distinct disease. In a groundbreaking new study from UC San Francisco, researchers have found that children affected with SPD have quantifiable differences in brain structure, for the first time showing a biological basis for the disease that sets it apart from...

2013-07-10 10:40:07

Children who were later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder had excessive cerebral spinal fluid and enlarged brains in infancy, a study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found, raising the possibility that those brain anomalies may serve as potential biomarkers for the early identification of the neurodevelopmental disorder. The study is the first to follow the brain-growth trajectories from infancy in children who later develop autism and...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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