Environmental factors like vaccines and the mother's pregnancy weight or mode of delivery have minimal to nonexistent impact in developing autism. A new study has found that genetics is the major driver of this disease.
Neuroscience July 20, 2019
Researchers genetically edited macaque monkeys to study autism in the hopes of developing new treatments for humans. During the experiment, the macaque monkeys exhibited similar behavioral patterns to humans who have the same mutations.
Animals June 13, 2019
Is it possible for gut microbiome to contribute to ASD symptoms? New research supports the theory, saying that future autism treatments could target the gut with probiotics instead of the brain.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 31, 2019
A recent study indicated that children can get a screen for autism as early as 14 months old. The AMA recommends that screening for the disease should be during regular pediatrician visits between 18 and 24 months old.
Public Health May 3, 2019
Human embryonic stem cell proved to be beneficial to an 11-year-old boy who is non-verbal and autistic. Danny Bullen’s family said he should undergo the treatment for two or three times to achieve optimal results.
Biotech April 16, 2019
Children with ASD who received healthy donor gut bacteria through Microbiota Transfer Therapy showed improvements in behavior and digestive symptoms. Fecal transplant thus holds potential as a treatment for children with ASD who also have gastrointestinal problems.
Public Health April 13, 2019
Autism is surging in the United States as researchers from the CDC reveal a 1.9 percent autism rate nationwide. In New Jersey, this number is even higher.
Public Health April 12, 2019
There's a new cast of muppets debuting on 'Sesame Street.' Julia, who is the first muppet with autism on the beloved show, is welcoming her entire family to the gang in honor of Autism Awareness Month.
Movies/TV Shows April 2, 2019
Autism Cease therapy can seriously harm children, a watchdog in the United Kingdom warned. At least 150 therapists were ordered to stop advertising Cease therapy as a cure, as it lacks credibility.
Public Health March 23, 2019
Amazon is the latest online giant that's cracking down on unscientific and potentially dangerous misinformation. Two books were removed from the online platform, both promoting unproven cures for autism.
Public Health March 15, 2019
Infection during pregnancy increases the likelihood that her child will be diagnosed with a mental disorder, particularly autism and depression, in the future, a study has found. The risk remains high even if the mother experienced an infection that is considered mild.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 7, 2019
On Friday, Amazon removed a controversial anti-vaccine documentary from its streaming platform. The move was a response to a letter from Rep. Adam Schiff about the growing anti-vaccine sentiment in the United States.
Public Health March 5, 2019
A study that involved 657,461 in Denmark showed MMR vaccine does not raise risk of autism. Researchers were also able to identify groups of children with the highest risk for the neurodevelopmental condition.
Public Health March 5, 2019
Folate or folic acid supplementation prior to or early on the pregnancy helps reduce the risk of autism in high-risk groups. Children, whose older sibling has autism spectrum disorder, have greater risk of language delay and intellectual disability.
Public Health March 1, 2019
Tennessee Congressman-elect Mark Green made headlines when he said that there was a link between autism and vaccines. The Republican even accused CDC of data fraudulence, challenging the health agency to be transparent with their research.
Public Health December 13, 2018
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed parents to evaluate the prevalence of autism in children across the country. About one in 40 children have autism spectrum disorder.
Public Health November 27, 2018
A new study found that exposure to DDT in pregnant women can increase the risk of developing autism in children. The infamous agent was already banned in many countries during the 1960s.
Public Health August 18, 2018
LuxAI, a robotics startup company has made a cute bot named QTrobot that could immensely help children with autism develop social skills. The researchers will present the findings of their study on Aug. 28 at the RO-MAN conference.
Robotics August 15, 2018
Contrary to popular belief, Google Glass is not dead. While development has largely become stagnant, it still has many potentials such as this new implementation, which helps autistic kids identify emotions better.
Google August 3, 2018
An 8-year-old girl with autism was allegedly strapped to a chair by her teacher. It is prohibited to use any kind of physical restraint on a child unless there is imminent danger of harm to self or others.
Public Health July 29, 2018
Autism and 10 other debilitating conditions, which include chronic pain, spinal cord injury, and Tourette’s Syndrome, are now allowed to be treated with medical marijuana. Patients are required to be a registered voter of Michigan to qualify.
Public Health July 10, 2018
Using CRISPR-Gold method, researchers were able to reduce autism symptoms in mice with fragile X syndrome. What makes this method different and better than other ways of delivering Cas9 into the body?
Neuroscience June 27, 2018
A team of researchers from Southern California suggested that women who have any form of diabetes while pregnant are at a higher risk of having a child with autism. The study examined over 400,000 children that were born between 1995 and 2012.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 26, 2018
Scientists successfully transformed human blood cells into nerve cells. This study is instrumental in achieving a deeper understanding of neurological disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.
Medicine June 5, 2018
A team of researchers from New York suggests that baby teeth can show if a child will suffer from autism. The scientists collected data from 200 baby twins in Sweden to help confirm their theory.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 1, 2018
Briana Blankenship recorded her 5-year-old daughter, Taylor, saying her first words while in a McDonald's drive-thru. Taylor has nonverbal autism and has been in speech therapy since age 3.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 22, 2018
Researchers have identified the hormone vasopressin as a possible biomarker for autism in boys in a new study involving rhesus monkeys. Why is determining an autism biomarker a valuable discovery?
Medicine May 5, 2018
Can dogs really develop autism symptoms because of vaccines? A British morning talk show received backlash over allegedly pushing anti-vaxx and canine autism conversation.
Public Health April 28, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a new report suggesting that autism prevalence rate in the United States is significantly higher than in its 2014 report. Minority children with autism contributed to the increase in number.
Healthy Living/Wellness April 26, 2018
A new piece of research has cast autism pioneer Hans Asperger in a negative light. It was revealed that the doctor worked very carefully with the Nazi Party during World War II.
Neuroscience April 19, 2018
This year, the World Autism Awareness Day puts the spotlight on female patients, including young girls who are often misdiagnosed. Know the sex differences for early detection.
Public Health April 2, 2018
A new study finds that children with autism and their younger siblings are less likely to be vaccinated. This puts these children at an increased risk to contract diseases preventable by vaccines.
Public Health March 26, 2018
Children with autism spectrum disorders tend to have damaged blood proteins. Their blood and urine sample also have different chemical makeup, allowing researchers to develop more accurate tests for identifying individuals with ASD.
Neuroscience February 19, 2018
Some parents have been getting in trouble for giving their children a bleach-like 'miracle cure' for autism. What exactly is MMS and what are its potential effects?
Medicine February 18, 2018
Autism affects children in many different ways and symptoms can range from mild to severe. To help out, we've compiled information on all of the signs and symptoms found in children with autism.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 16, 2018
An Indiana mother is being accused of giving her daughter bleach to cure her autism. The father says that she found the cure on Facebook.
Public Health February 14, 2018
A new study was recently conducted to prove that there was a link between ultrasounds during pregnancy and the fetus developing autism later on in life. The study results, however, indicated that there are no strong ties between the two.
Public Health February 13, 2018
The Master Mineral Solution (MMS) is a deadly product that uses industrial-strength bleach to "cure" autism. Are there any safe treatment options for children with autism?
Neuroscience January 30, 2018
Parents are trying to cure autism in their children by forcing them to drink Miracle Mineral Solution. The substance, also known as simply MMS, contains sodium chlorite with citric acid powder, which combine to create industrial-strength bleach.
Medicine January 29, 2018
New data showed that prevalence of ASD leveled off among American children and teenagers for the first time in decades. Which ethnicity could be more prone to the disease?
Public Health January 3, 2018
Pregnant women who are obese or overweight face risk of having children with birth defects. Experts advise women to aim for healthy weight even before pregnancy, have healthy diet and engage in exercise.
Public Health June 15, 2017
In a first, researchers used brain imaging to spot changes in how specific infant brain regions synchronize, predicting the risk of autism in babies as young as 6 months. Find out how artificial intelligence ups the accuracy of the predictions.
Neuroscience June 8, 2017
It is difficult to uncover and understand the causes of autism and much more difficult to point to a single cause. A new research now shows how exposure to essential and toxic metals can be linked to autism.
Public Health June 2, 2017
New clinical trials indicated that a 100-year-old drug may be the answer to treating the autism spectrum disorder. During the trials, ASD patients showed significant improvement in symptoms after the drug's administration.
Medicine May 28, 2017
The measles outbreak in Minnesota was fueled by anti-vaccination groups, health experts suggest. Anti-vaxx advocates, including Andrew Wakefield, are actively engaged in misinformation campaigns against the MMR vaccine, targeting the Somali community in Minneapolis.
Public Health May 9, 2017