(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 […]
(SOURCE: ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY) – The key to fighting autism might lie not in the mind, but in the gut. A team led by Arizona State University researchers is taking a novel approach in the search for effective autism treatments by focusing on improving the gut microbiome through fecal microbial transplants. Early results are promising, but […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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. […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(EMORY HEALTH SCIENCES) According to a recent press release, a new study conducted by researchers at Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University School of Medicine helps put to rest a longstanding controversy and question about children with autism spectrum disorder.
(SCRIPPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE) According to a recent press release, Autism is an agonizing puzzle, a complex mixture of genetic and environmental factors. One piece of this puzzle that has emerged in recent years is a biochemical cascade called the mTOR pathway that regulates growth in the developing brain. A mutation in one of the genes […]
(UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO) What if someone invented a smartphone app that could help detect autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children as young as 2 years old? Could it lead to earlier detection and therefore better treatment? A study co-authored by a University at Buffalo undergraduate and presented at the IEEE Wireless Health conference at the […]
(MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA AT AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY) According to a recent press release, the best way to help young people with neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder get more exercise is to make it fun, according to a small international sampling of adults living with them.
(MCMASTER UNIVERSITY) According to a recent press release, scientists at McMaster University’s Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute in collaboration with Sick Children’s Hospital have discovered genetic alterations in the gene DIXDC1 in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This gene was found to change the way brain cells grow and communicate.
(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.
(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 […]
(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.
(Science Daily) According to an article recently published in Science Daily, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have moved one step closer to understanding the genetic basis of autism, which they hope will lead to earlier diagnosis of this global developmental disorder.