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Defective Enzyme Leads To Autism
2013-08-28 13:17:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina has found important new information about a group of enzymes that could be used to treat or prevent autism. According to their report in the journal Nature, the scientists found that defecctive or inhibited cellular enzymes called topoisomerases can lead to profound effects during brain development, and potentially to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). "Our study shows the...

2013-08-21 13:02:26

The concept behind gene therapy is simple: deliver a healthy gene to compensate for one that is mutated. New research published today in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests this approach may eventually be a feasible option to treat Rett Syndrome, the most disabling of the autism spectrum disorders. Gail Mandel, Ph.D., a Howard Hughes Investigator at Oregon Health and Sciences University, led the study. The Rett Syndrome Research Trust, with generous support from the Rett Syndrome Research...

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...

Autism Risk Factors From Induced Or Augmented Labor
2013-08-13 06:32:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Pregnant women who have labor induced or augmented may have an increased risk of bearing children who are autistic, according to the findings of a large retrospective analysis appearing in the August 12 edition of the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers from Duke Medicine and the University of Michigan reviewed North Carolina state birth and educational records. They performed an epidemiological analysis of over 625,000 live...

2013-08-12 14:02:05

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder share the most common genetic variation The largest genome-wide study of its kind has determined how much five major mental illnesses are traceable to the same common inherited genetic variations. Researchers funded in part by the National Institutes of Health found that the overlap was highest between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; moderate for bipolar disorder and depression and for ADHD and depression; and low between schizophrenia and autism....

2013-07-31 23:26:28

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) will host the grand opening of its San Marcos autism treatment center on Saturday, August 17, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., located at 334 Via Vera Cruz. SAN DIEGO, CA (PRWEB) July 31, 2013 Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), one of the world’s largest and most effective autism treatment providers offering evidence-based, state-of-the-art therapy, will host the grand opening of its San Marcos treatment center on Saturday,...

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...

2013-07-24 23:02:56

How to combat public misconceptions about Autism Spectrum Disorders is just one topic at this year’s National Autism Conference being held July 29-Aug 1 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. University Park, PA (PRWEB) July 24, 2013 The abundance of information online is both a virtue and a vice when it comes to understanding autism and how the public perceives the disorder. Mike Miklos, an educational consultant at the Pennsylvania Training and...


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