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Searching For Autism's Chemical Clues
2012-07-09 16:35:57

If scientists can find distinctive patterns of chemicals in the urine of children with autism, a diagnostic test based on biology -- so far elusive -- could be within reach. On her laptop computer one recent afternoon, University at Buffalo researcher Charmion Cruickshank calls up a mass spectrometry readout showing the breakdown of chemicals in the urine of a child with autism. She has similar information for nine other children -- four with the disorder and five without -- and she has...

2012-07-03 23:02:34

Central Ohio nonprofit dedicated to treating the affects of Autism Spectrum Disorder adds independent living and social skills program for individuals ages 18 through 25. Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) July 03, 2012 Step By Step Academy, a highly regarded nonprofit autism treatment center in Columbus, Ohio, today announced the addition of a young adult independent living and social skills program to its continuum of care offerings for individuals ages 18 through 25 who are affected by Autism...

2012-07-03 10:59:06

Schizophrenia or bipolar disorder in first-degree relatives, such as parents or siblings, may be associated with increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a report published Online First by Archives of General Psychiatry, a JAMA Network publication. Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues used population registers in Sweden and Israel to examine whether a family history of schizophrenia, bipolar...

New Developments In Autism Research
2012-07-03 07:25:16

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 1 in 88 children have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With these shocking statistics, more and more research has been conducted on the disorder. Two notable findings were recently announced by a group of researchers from University of North Carolina School of Medicine, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the University of...

Gene Mutations Associated With Enlarged Brain Size, Disorders
2012-07-02 08:49:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online At least three genetic mutations found in the human brain have been linked to enlarged brain size (megalencephaly) and a number of disorders, including cancer, epilepsy and autism, according to new research led by Seattle Children´s Research Institute. The mutations were found in the genes AKT3, PIK3R2 and PIK3CA. The mutations were also linked to vascular disorders and skin growth disorders, said the researchers. The study,...

2012-06-26 11:53:27

The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has recently increased to one in 100. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine demonstrates that EEG can distinguish between children with autism and neurotypical controls. Autistic children showed a reduction in short range connectivity indicating poor function of local brain networks, especially in the left hemisphere regions responsible for language. However these children had increased...

2012-06-22 06:14:38

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Approximately three out of every 1,000 people in the United States suffer from some degree of Autism. Now, a new study is looking at why this happens by studying your genes. Researchers at UCLA are conducting a study to explain why one person has an ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and another does not. The study pinpoints ASD risk factors by comparing changes in gene expression with DNA mutation data in the same individuals. ASDs are a heterogeneous group of...

2012-06-21 20:56:41

A pioneering report of genome-wide gene expression in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) finds genetic changes that help explain why one person has an ASD and another does not. The study, published by Cell Press on June 21 in The American Journal of Human Genetics, pinpoints ASD risk factors by comparing changes in gene expression with DNA mutation data in the same individuals. This innovative approach is likely to pave the way for future personalized medicine, not just for ASD but also for any...

2012-06-13 09:57:19

Unique UCLA program that teaches social skills proves effective over long term Teenagers with autism spectrum disorder are in a bind. The disorder is characterized by impairments in communication and social interaction, but it's a continuum, so some teens diagnosed with ASD are considered high functioning and healthy enough to be "mainstreamed" in school. But without the proper social skills, even mainstreamed teens don't quite fit into the general social milieu of middle school or high...

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2012-06-12 14:10:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com About 150 brains have been damaged at the world's largest brain tissue bank due to a freezer failure, potentially delaying research in fields such as autism. The Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center housed at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts has brains that provide a valuable resource for studying neurological disorders like Huntington's disease, autism, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. It was reported that the freezer failed on May...