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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...

Study Suggests Pre-Autism Brain Differences In Six Month Olds
2012-02-18 06:14:47

Brain changes in infants as young as six months of age suggest that MRIs could be used to detect autism in children at least half a year before the emergence of other symptoms, according to a new study published online Friday in the American Journal of Psychiatry. According to Lara Salahi of ABC News, Dr. Joe Piven, director of the University of North Carolina´s (UNC) Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and senior author of the study, and colleagues studied 92 infants...

2012-02-16 18:24:08

Study highlights the interaction between epigenetics and genetics and exposure to a flame retardant in mice Mice genetically engineered to be susceptible to autism-like behaviors that were exposed to a common flame retardant were less fertile and their offspring were smaller, less sociable and demonstrated marked deficits in learning and long-term memory when compared with the offspring of normal unexposed mice, a study by researchers at UC Davis has found. The researchers said the study...

2011-11-30 14:35:25

However, the study did not find differences in the brain size of girls with autism In the largest study of brain development in preschoolers with autism to date, a study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers has found that 3-year-old boys with regressive autism, but not early onset autism, have larger brains than their healthy counterparts. The study is published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition. It was led by Christine Wu Nordahl, a...

2011-11-14 23:08:45

Findings show how brain's structure and genes affect autism and fragile X syndrome Research released today shows that scientists are finding new tools to help understand neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and fragile X syndrome. These studies show in new detail how the brain's connections, chemicals, and genes interact to affect behavior. The research findings were presented at Neuroscience 2011, the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting and the world's largest source of emerging...

2011-10-25 12:17:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of California, Davis, and BGI, the world's largest genomic institute, based in China, have signed a historic agreement that will change the landscape of genomic sciences in California and the Western states, and foster critical breakthroughs in the areas of food security and human, animal and environmental health. The new partnership will establish a state-of-the-art BGI sequencing facility for immediate use on the UC Davis...

2011-10-19 08:25:48

Finding may lead to screening test to identify susceptibility to having an autistic child A study by researchers at UC Davis has found that pregnant women with a particular gene variation are more likely to produce autoantibodies to the brains of their developing fetuses and that the children of these mothers are at greater risk of later being diagnosed with autism. The finding is the first to demonstrate a genetic mechanism at play in the development of the neurodevelopmental disorder...

2011-09-20 07:00:00

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading autism experts from around the nation will hold seminars and workshops at the biannual ARI Conference, scheduled for Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16 at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. As autism reaches epidemic proportions in the United States, science is challenging the traditional view of autism as a static, lifelong disorder. The Fall 2011 ARI Conference is a resource for parents, families, caregivers,...

2011-08-16 06:45:26

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The risk that an infant with an older sibling with autism will also develop the disorder, previously estimated at between 3 and 10 percent, is substantially higher at approximately 19 percent, according to this study. While the study found a combined estimated risk for all participants of nearly19 percent, it found an even more elevated risk of recurrence of over 26 percent for male infants, and over 32 percent for infants with more than one older sibling with autism....

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2011-08-15 12:05:00

A new study has found that if a child has autism, the risk of a younger sibling also developing the disorder is higher than previously thought. Researchers from the University of California, Davis studied 664 infants up to the age of three during the study. They found the average risk was 18 percent for siblings who have other siblings with autism.  Previous research says the average risk was 3 to 10 percent. The study involved infants from 20 different places across the U.S. and...