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2012-11-29 08:25:57

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine a Christmas Holiday where nothing looks commercial. Where keeping up with the Jones' is a silly thought and joy comes from banging on table tops or stringing up holiday hats! Imagine looking around your chaotic home and confidently knowing that you did it. You made special friends out of Christmas and autism! International autism expert Lynette Louise aka The Brain Broad of Brain and Body, shows families around the world how autism...

Study Finds Link Between Autism And Pollution
2012-11-27 15:34:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, polluted air could increase the risk for a child to develop autism. The study shows that exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy and the first year of life is associated with more than a two-fold risk of autism. The team from the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles also found that exposure to...

Autistic Youth Who Make It To College Gravitate Toward STEM Majors
2012-11-16 14:17:23

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) received some much needed good news in the form of a study published online in the Journal of Autism and Development Disorders. The study, co-authored by Paul Shattuck, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, confirms a previously held belief that individuals with an ASD typically graduate to science, technology, engineering...

2012-11-14 12:27:39

MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new SRI-led study finds that people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are significantly more likely to choose STEM majors, if they attend college. The study also paints the first picture of college enrollment and participation in STEM majors for young adults with ASDs, compared with their peers in 10 other disability categories and compared with youth in the general population. "There's a perception that people with ASDs are more...

2012-11-13 12:06:54

New computational analysis identifies gene networks affected in schizophrenia and shows that schizophrenia and autism share related genetic networks, each composed of hundreds of genes Although schizophrenia is highly genetic in origin, the genes involved in the disorder have been difficult to identify. In the past few years, researchers have implicated several genes, but it is unclear how they act to produce the disorder. A new study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center...

Autism Linked To Child Prodigies
2012-11-12 06:57:57

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Saul Aaron Kripke, the great American philosopher and logician, had a very succinct answer for Harvard University after they had offered him a teaching position. His response? “My mother said that I should finish high school and go to college first.” Kripke is but one of many prodigies throughout history. Whether we consider Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Magnus Carlsen or Pablo Picasso, prodigies have delved into, and in...

2012-11-09 11:06:33

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown that a single protein plays an oversized role in intellectual and behavioral development. The scientists found that mutations in a single gene, which is known to cause intellectual disability and increase the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, severely disrupts the organization of developing brain circuits during early childhood. This study helps explain how genetic mutations can cause profound...

2012-11-09 11:01:17

Neurodevelopmental disorders such as intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders are marked by mutations that impair signaling between neurons. These mutations cause key brain circuits involved in learning and memory to develop too quickly, leading to long-lasting behavioral and cognitive deficits, according to a study published by Cell Press in the November 9th issue of the journal Cell. The findings could pave the way to new treatment strategies for severe forms of...

2012-11-01 07:30:02

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Help Group Summit 2012 - Advances and Best Practices in Autism, Learning Disabilities and ADHD took place on October 26(th) and 27(th) at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. With First 5 California as the Major Sponsor and ABC 7 as Media Sponsor, this year's event featured 30 leading experts who provided cutting edge information to 600 attendees. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090413/DC98260LOGO) The...

2012-10-31 03:31:20

The development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is much like that of children without ASD at 6 months of age, but differs afterwards. That's the main finding of the largest prospective, longitudinal study to date comparing children with early and later diagnosis of ASD with children without ASD. The study appears in the journal Child Development and has implications for clinical work, public health, and policy. The study was conducted by researchers at the Kennedy Krieger...