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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...

2011-07-05 13:48:42

Genetics alone cannot account for the high rates of autism among fraternal, or non-identical, twins Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, joined in announcing significant findings from the largest known study of twins with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This work, conducted by a consortium of renowned researchers and using material from Autism Speaks Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) was published online today in the Archives of General...

2011-05-25 14:48:30

Women who do not take them early are nearly twice as likely to have children with autism Women who reported not taking a daily prenatal vitamin immediately before and during the first month of pregnancy were nearly twice as likely to have a child with an autism spectrum disorder as women who did take the supplements "” and the associated risk rose to seven times as great when combined with a high-risk genetic make-up, a study by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute has found....

2011-05-05 15:20:48

An examination of the birth records of the more than 7million children born in the state of California during the 1990s and early 2000s has found a clear link between the month in which a child is conceived and the risk of that child later receiving a diagnosis of autism. Among the children included in the study, those conceived during winter had a significantly greater risk of autism, the study found. The risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder grew progressively throughout...

2011-03-29 12:56:00

6-part series airs during Autism Awareness Month April 18 - 26, 2011 ARLINGTON, Va., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Autism - it's a developmental disorder that has become increasingly prevalent, affecting 1 out of 110 American children. Despite years of study, little is known about its cause and access to treatment varies. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of American families hungry for answers struggle to care for the unique needs of children with the disorder. Among them,...

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2010-12-17 11:18:35

Study demonstrates connection between autism and traffic pollution Living near a freeway may be associated with increased risk of autism, according to a study published by a team of researchers from Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and the UC Davis MIND Institute. The paper will appear online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives this week. "Children born to mothers living within 309 meters of a freeway...

2010-10-13 15:38:00

--Will Pool Efforts in Autism, ADHD, Other Disabilities-- PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recognizing both medical progress and unmet needs in the field of developmental disabilities, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will house the Network Coordinating Center for a newly established collaborative organization, the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network. Launched this year with a three-year, $200,000 per year grant from the federal government's...

2010-09-09 11:00:14

Potential new targeted treatment improves language, cognition, parents say One of the antibiotics most commonly prescribed to treat adolescent acne can increase attention spans and communication and decrease anxiety in patients with fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of mental impairment, according to a new survey study that is the first published on parents' reports of their children's responses to treatment with the medication. Led by researchers at the UC Davis MIND...

2010-04-26 08:47:00

RYE, N.Y., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Curemark, LLC, (www.curemark.com), a drug research and development company focused on the treatment of neurological diseases, announced that the company is now enrolling Phase III clinical trials for CM-AT, its autism treatment, at the UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders). UC Davis MIND Institute joins Curemark's network of more than 12 sites across the country conducting CM-AT trials with a total 170 children....

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2010-02-16 13:00:16

Condition is characterized by a slow decline rather than an abrupt loss of skills, study says A study of the development of autism in infants, comparing the behavior of the siblings of children diagnosed with autism to that of babies developing normally, has found that the nascent symptoms of the condition "” a lack of shared eye contact, smiling and communicative babbling "” are not present at 6 months, but emerge gradually and only become apparent during the latter part of the...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'