Latest Pervasive developmental disorders Stories

One In Ten Parents Still Believe Too Many Vaccines Cause Autism
2013-03-29 11:08:57

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite all the scientific evidence that indicates vaccines do not cause autism, about 10 percent of parents still skip getting their children immunized for fear that the science is wrong. A growing number of parents are also forgoing vaccinations for their babies because they feel they are getting “too many shots, too soon.” Many of these parents are subscribing to a false belief that not vaccinating their children is...

Robotic Therapist Proves Effective For Children With Autism
2013-03-22 14:24:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One two-foot-tall humanoid robot is acting as a therapist to help train children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The humanoid robot NAO (pronounced “now”) features an elaborate system of cameras, sensors and computers designed to help children learn how to coordinate their attention with other people and objects. Known to researchers as ℠joint attention´, children with autism typically have a...

2013-03-21 16:09:34

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine are seeking boys aged 9 months to 30 months who might be showing signs of autism or boys of the same age who have an older brother with the disorder to take part in a study to determine if a supplement called carnitine can prevent a form of autism. The study led Dr. Arthur Beaudet, chair of molecular and human genetics at BCM, seeks to determine if autism can result when neurons or nerve cell lack adequate supplies of carnitine, which plays a...

Autism Risk Linked To Men Who Father Kids Later In Life
2013-03-21 13:42:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has found that men who have children later in life are more likely to have grandchildren with autism. According to the team´s report in JAMA Psychiatry, older men may inadvertently pass on ℠silent mutations´ that increase the risk of disease in their grandchildren. These mutations have no apparent impact on the fathers' own children, but there may be a cumulative interactive effect...

New Study Suggests Misregulated Genes May Play Big Role In Autism
2013-03-21 12:52:01

Brown University A new study finds that two genes individually associated with rare autism-related disorders are also jointly linked to more general forms of autism. The finding suggests a new genetic pathway to investigate in general autism research. The genes encode the proteins NHE6 and NHE9, which are responsible for biochemical exchanges in the endosomes of cells. Mutations in the NHE6 gene are a direct cause of Christianson Syndrome, while mutations in the NHE9 gene lead to a...

2013-03-21 10:22:47

Women who experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse as children are more likely to have a child with autism than women who were not abused, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Those who experienced the most serious abuse had the highest likelihood of having a child with autism – three-and-a-half times more than women who were not abused. "Our study identifies a completely new risk factor for autism," said lead author Andrea Roberts, research...

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