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2010-02-08 11:15:00

Advanced paternal age is a risk only when the mother is younger Advanced maternal age is linked to a significantly elevated risk of having a child with autism, regardless of the father's age, according to an exhaustive study of all births in California during the 1990s by UC Davis Health System researchers. Advanced paternal age is associated with elevated autism risk only when the father is older and the mother is under 30, the study found. Published online today in the February issue of the...

2010-01-05 20:13:11

Clusters are associated with areas of greater parental education Researchers at UC Davis have identified 10 locations in California where the incidence of autism is higher than surrounding areas in the same region. Most of the areas, or clusters, are in locations where parents have higher-than-average levels of educational attainment. Because children with more educated parents are more likely to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, one need look no further for a cause, the authors...

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2009-11-30 12:45:00

Early intervention programs for children with autism have been found to be effective in improving IQ, language skills and social skills, according to a new study. The program is being used in children with autism as young as 18 months old. "This is the first controlled study of an intensive early intervention that is appropriate for children with autism who are less than 2½ years of age. Given that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all 18- and...

2009-10-19 17:02:19

In a large population-based study published online today, researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute report that after adjusting for a number of factors, typically developing children and children with autism have similar levels of mercury in their blood streams. Mercury is a heavy metal found in other studies to adversely affect the developing nervous system. The study, appearing in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, is the most rigorous examination to date of blood-mercury...

2009-10-07 03:00:00

California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg receives The Help Group Champion for Children Award LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Help Group Summit 2009 - Advances and Best Practices in Autism, Learning Disabilities and ADHD took place on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. This cutting edge conference featured more than 20 leading experts from across the country. Generously sponsored by First 5...

2009-05-08 09:57:00

PHILADELPHIA, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Science is largely a collaborative enterprise. Frequently researchers from various disciplines but with some common interests pool their efforts and exchange ideas, to devise new avenues of investigation. When unraveling complex conditions such as those known as autism spectrum disorders, researchers from different centers also benefit by drawing on diverse populations of patients, finding a broader pool of information than even a large facility...

2009-01-08 11:05:33

The increase in children born in California with autism since 1990 cannot be explained by how the condition is diagnosed or counted, researchers say. Irva Hertz-Picciotto of the University of Davis M.I.N.D. Institute says many have viewed with skepticism the apparent increase in autism by California-born children aged 6 from fewer than 9 in 10,000 for those born in 1990 to more than 44 in 10,000 for those born in 2000. Some argue the increase is due to migration into California of families...

2009-01-08 11:05:33

The increase in children born in California with autism since 1990 cannot be explained by how the condition is diagnosed or counted, researchers say. Irva Hertz-Picciotto of the University of Davis M.I.N.D. Institute says many have viewed with skepticism the apparent increase in autism by California-born children aged 6 from fewer than 9 in 10,000 for those born in 1990 to more than 44 in 10,000 for those born in 2000. Some argue the increase is due to migration into California of families...

2009-01-08 11:59:03

 A study by researchers at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute has found that the seven- to eight-fold increase in the number children born in California with autism since 1990 cannot be explained by either changes in how the condition is diagnosed or counted "” and the trend shows no sign of abating.Published in the January 2009 issue of the journal Epidemiology, results from the study also suggest that research should shift from genetics to the host of chemicals and infectious...

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2008-11-07 11:00:00

Researchers have found that infants who were later diagnosed with autism were noted to play with their toys in unusual ways. A team from the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute monitored a group of children who were at high risk of developing autism. They noted that many of the children were more likely to spin, repetitively rotate, stare at and look out of the corners of their eyes at simple objects Researchers hope their findings will give doctors and parents a new way to identify their children's...


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