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Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Children Exposed to Complications Before or During Birth at Higher Risk of Developing Autism Spectrum Disorder

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(SOURCE: KAISER PERMANENTE) – Children who were exposed to complications shortly before or during birth, including birth asphyxia and preeclampsia, were more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the American Journal of Perinatology. For this retrospective study, researchers examined the electronic health records of 594,638 children born in […]

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Autism Research News: Study finds alterations in both blood-brain barrier and intestinal permeability in individuals with autism

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(SOURCE: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL) – Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has the dubious distinction of being the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With 1 in every 68 children born in this country diagnosed with ASD, parents are looking everywhere for answers about best treatments. Along with selective […]

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Autism Research News: Increased Reaction to Stress Linked to Gastrointestinal Issues in Children with Autism

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(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-COLUMBIA) – One in 45 American children lives with autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these children also have significant gastrointestinal issues, but the cause of these symptoms is unknown. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine suggest that the gastrointestinal issues in these […]

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Autism Research: Genetic cause identified for previously unrecognized developmental disorder

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(SOURCE: BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE) – An international team of scientists has identified variants of the gene EBF3 causing a developmental disorder with features in common with autism. Identification of these gene variants leads to a better understanding of these complex conditions and opens the possibility of diagnosing other previously undiagnosed patients with similar clinical disorders. […]

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Autism News: As Children with Autism Age, Services to Help with Transition Needed

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(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-COLUMBIA) – According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 45 children is diagnosed with autism. As these children age, experiences such as leaving school, finding jobs and living alone can be stressful for adolescents with autism as well as their caregivers. Researchers from the University of […]

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Autism Research News: Mutations in Life’s “Essential Genes” Tied to Autism

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(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) – Genes known to be essential to life—the ones humans need to survive and thrive in the womb—also play a critical role in the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), suggests a new study from Penn Medicine geneticists published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of […]

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Autism Research News: Study: Autism Brain Response Theory a Dead End

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(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER) – A new study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex challenges the hypothesis that nerve cells in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders do not reliably and consistently respond to external stimuli. “Our findings show there is no measurable variation in how individuals with Autism respond to repeated […]

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Autism Research: Study to investigate connection between antibiotic use and autism symptoms

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(SOURCE: Baylor College of Medicine) – Baylor College of Medicine is launching a study that will investigate why some children with autism spectrum disorder experience changes in their autism symptoms when taking antibiotics. The study will follow children over a two-year period, with the intent to capture information anytime antibiotics are prescribed during that time by their […]

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Autism Research News: New form of autism found

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(Source: The Institute of Science and Technology – IST Austria) – An international team of researchers led by scientists at IST Austria identified a new form of syndromic autism • Study published in Cell Autism spectrum disorders affect around one percent of the world’s population and are characterized by a range of difficulties in social […]

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Mutations in Some Mitochondrial DNA Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder

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(PLOS) According to an article recently published in PLOS, children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have greater numbers of harmful mutations in their mitochondrial DNA than family members, report Zhenglong Gu of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and colleagues, in a study published October 28th, 2016 in PLOS Genetics.

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Study Finds Some Children with Autism May Mistakenly be Diagnosed with ADHD

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(CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA) According to a recent article from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a well-established screening tool used to assess children for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be less accurate when a child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Pediatric researchers report that children with ASD may mistakenly be diagnosed with ADHD because they […]

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Impact of Parent’s Age on Autism Rates in Children

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(Science Daily) According to a recent article published in Science Daily, a new study which was published in Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health finds that parents who have children later in life are more likely to have kids who develop autism disorders. Later reproduction was not, however, associated with increased risk for schizophrenia development.