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Labor induction or augmentation 'does not cause autism,' say obstetricians

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:00
A new statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says there is insufficient evidence to suggest that labor induction or augmentation causes autism.
Categories: Autism News

Prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors associated with autism and developmental delays in boys

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 03:00
In a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs, researchers from the Bloomberg School of Public health found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a frequently...
Categories: Autism News

Screening infants to identify autism much earlier

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:00
The aim of this study was to develop a screening tool to identify infants prior to 12 months at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental learning delay (DLD) and provide immediate...
Categories: Autism News

Atypical brain connectivity associated with autism spectrum disorder

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:00
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in adolescents appears to be associated with atypical connectivity in the brain involving the systems that help people infer what others are thinking and understand...
Categories: Autism News

Families of children with autism benefit from dog ownership

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:00
Many families face the decision of whether to get a dog. For families of children with autism, the decision can be even more challenging.
Categories: Autism News

Male autism risk linked to SSRI use in pregnancy

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:00
Male babies of mothers who took certain antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to develop autism and developmental delays, a new study suggests.
Categories: Autism News

Newly discovered splice forms of autism genes

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:00
A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has uncovered a new aspect...
Categories: Autism News

Earliest roots of psychiatric disorders are likely exposure to environmental stressors during pregnancy

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:00
Newborns whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy to any one of a variety of environmental stressors - such as trauma, illness, and alcohol or drug abuse - become susceptible to various...
Categories: Autism News

During prenatal brain development lipid levels impact autism

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:00
In a groundbreaking York University study, researchers have found that abnormal levels of lipid molecules in the brain can affect the interaction between two key neural pathways in early prenatal...
Categories: Autism News

Parental obesity and autism risk in the child

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:00
Several studies have looked at possible links between maternal obesity during pregnancy and the risk of developmental disorders in the child.
Categories: Autism News

Researchers teach a computer to recognize 21 different human emotions

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:00
By combining different emotions, such as 'happy' and 'disgusted,' researchers have expanded the palette of human facial expressions recognizable by a computer from six to 21.
Categories: Autism News

Exceptional insight into diseases like autism offered by the BrainSpan Atlas

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:00
Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have generated a high-resolution blueprint for how to build a human brain, with a detailed map of where different genes are turned on and off during mid-pregnancy at unprecedented anatomical resolution. This first major report using data from the BrainSpan Atlas of the Developing Human Brain is published in the journal Nature this week.
Categories: Autism News

Autism: not just a childhood disorder

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:00
"My facial expressions and body language do not always match my mood. I may look terribly angry, but I am happy as can be. I am unable to read between the lines or communicate with hidden messages. Please try to take what I am saying at face value and do not try to read into it. I am not capable of that kind of phrasing.
Categories: Autism News

Tracking the origins of emotions in the brain: computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions - even 'happily disgusted'

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:00
Researchers at The Ohio State University have found a way for computers to recognize 21 distinct facial expressions - even expressions for complex or seemingly contradictory emotions such as "happily disgusted" or "sadly angry.
Categories: Autism News

LA BioMed launches study of MDMA-assisted therapy for social anxiety in autistic adults

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 05:00
Seeking new therapies for the treatment of social anxiety in autistic adults, researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) has announced that they are initiating a novel study into the safety and effectiveness of MDMA-assisted therapy.
Categories: Autism News

'Autism rates soar 30% in 2 years,' CDC say

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:00
The number of US children with autism spectrum disorder has soared approximately 30% in the past 2 years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In the surveillance summary report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers estimate that 1 in 68 children (14.
Categories: Autism News

A look inside brain cells offers new clue to autism

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 03:00
The problems people with autism have with memory formation, higher-level thinking and social interactions may be partially attributable to the activity of receptors inside brain cells, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have learned.
Categories: Autism News

Autism begins in the womb, according to a new study

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00
A new study claims to show for the first time that autism begins in the womb, while another examines possible environmental influences on autism development.The origins of autism have been passionately debated by many scientists and commentators. What is known about autism is that it is a physical condition, which is linked to abnormal biology and brain chemistry.
Categories: Autism News

Evidence supports it, so why are parents still reluctant to vaccinate their children?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:00
Nearly 16 years after his controversial study was first published, the work of the discredited British doctor Andrew Wakefield - the researcher who linked the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine with autism - is back in the news. Since 2010, Wakefield has been barred from practicing medicine in the UK. He now lives and works in the US where he retains a cult following.
Categories: Autism News

Association discovered between severity of autism symptoms and gene family linked to brain evolution

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 03:00
The same gene family that may have helped the human brain become larger and more complex than in any other animal is also linked to the severity of autism, according to new research from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.The gene family is made up of over 270 copies of a segment of DNA called DUF1220.
Categories: Autism News