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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...

2012-10-23 11:24:55

RYE, N.Y., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Curemark founder and CEO Dr. Joan Fallon will moderate a panel on neurodegeneration including sessions on autism and schizophrenia at the Phaciliate CNS Leaders Forum, to be held Nov. 5-7 in Boston at the Seaport Hotel. The forum will bring together senior R&D and business executives driving the development and launch of novel drugs for neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric disorders and pain. Curemark, a drug research and development company...

2012-10-07 18:20:26

Study by Kennedy Krieger's Interactive Autism Network finds children with autism are four times more likely to wander than their unaffected siblings BALTIMORE, Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study published today in the journal Pediatrics (Epub ahead of print) found that nearly half of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are reported to wander or "bolt," and more than half of these children go missing. Led by researchers from the Interactive Autism Network...

2012-10-03 14:53:03

Study examines newly proposed DSM-5 criteria for autism spectrum disorder Parents should not worry that proposed changes to the medical criteria redefining a diagnosis of autism will leave their children excluded and deemed ineligible for psychiatric and medical care, says a team of researchers led by psychologists at Weill Cornell Medical College. Their new study, published in the October 1 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, is the largest to date that has tried to unpack the...

Autism Clues From Baby Non-Verbal Communication
2012-10-02 10:25:21

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Whether it be hand gestures, written words, or verbal phrases, communication is an important link between people. From one person to the next, communication passes on necessary messages. However, for children with autism, communication is much more difficult and autistic patients tend to have less interactions with those around them. With this in mind, researchers from the University of Miami (UM) decided to look more closely at...

2012-10-01 23:01:57

Throughout the month of October, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) official parenting website, HealthyChildren.org, will offer registered users a free digital excerpt from the newly published Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know. A special discount will be offered as well in October when visitors purchase Autism Spectrum Disorders on the HealthyChildren Bookstore. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 01, 2012 Throughout the month of October, the American Academy of...