Tag: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Gut Bacteria Linked To Autism Symptoms, Mice Study Shows

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

New Drug Improves Empathy And Social Skills In People With Autism

Scientists found that a new medication may improve social skills of patients with autism. Two new studies showed that targeting vasopressin is a safe and effective way to enhance empathy, communication, and adaptive behaviors for both adult and pediatric patients.

Medicine May 2, 2019

CDC Report Shows Autism Is On The Rise Among 4-Year-Olds In The US

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

Amazon Removes Books Claiming Unscientific Autism 'Cures'

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

5-Year-Old With Autism Speaks First Words In A McDonald's Drive-Thru: What Is Nonverbal Autism?

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

Minority Children Caused Autism Rates To Rise, CDC Says

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

Autism Pioneer Alleged To Have Worked With Nazis: Who Is Hans Asperger?

Who is Hans Asperger? He's credited for the first descriptions of what's now known to be Asperger's syndrome, but he's also allegedly involved in a Nazi euthanasia program.

Feature | Health April 20, 2018

World Autism Awareness Day 2018: How Is ASD Different In Girls?

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

New Blood And Urine Test Can More Accurately Identify Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

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

Does Your Child Have Autism? Here Are The Signs And Symptoms

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

No Strong Links Found Between Ultrasound During Pregnancy And Autism: Study

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

Parents Force-Feed Autistic Children With Bleach To Cure Them: What's The Most Effective Treatment For Autism?

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

Autism Spectrum Disorder Plateaus In US Kids After 20 Years

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

Brain Scans May Spot Autism In Babies As Early As 6 Months Of Age

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

Can A 100-Year-Old Drug Help People Suffering With Autism?

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

Simple Blood Test Could Detect Autism In Early Childhood

A blood test uses an algorithm to measure metabolite concentrations and is 98 percent effective in identifying patients with autism. This method not only detects the disease, but can also predict where it belongs on the autism spectrum.

Biotech March 17, 2017

Pregnant Women With Genital Herpes Twice As Likely To Have Child With Autism

Pregnant women with genital herpes are at higher risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder. The study shows that inflammation during pregnancy may have effect on the developing brain of the fetus.

Public Health February 24, 2017

Computer Algorithm Can Predict Babies Likely To Develop Autism

An algorithm that takes into account measurements from brain scans of babies as young as 6 months old can predict who among the infants will develop autism. The research could pave way for early diagnosis and early intervention.

Neuroscience February 16, 2017

Autism May Begin During Early Brain Development, Mice Study Shows

A new mice study suggests that too many connections in the brain may be key to the development of autism. In fact, the neurodevelopmental disorder may begin during early brain development because of it, researchers said.

Neuroscience February 1, 2017

Services Needed To Help Children With Autism Transition To Adulthood

Children with autism spectrum disorder face a lot of challenges as they transition into adulthood. Social workers can offer help by coordinating essential services for them such as college support and independent living.

Life & Style December 24, 2016

Up To A Third Of Autism Cases Could Be Linked To One Protein In The Brain: Study

Researchers may have finally understood one of the causes of autism. According to a recent study, reducing the level of a specific protein in the brain called nSR100 may be enough to trigger autistic behaviors.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 22, 2016

Mutations In Genes Essential To Life Play A Role In Autism Spectrum Disorder Development

ASD development has been connected to essential genes. According to new research, mutations at the level of essential genes is crucial in developing autism spectrum disorders.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 15, 2016

New Genetic Cause For Autism Spectrum Disorder Discovered

A group of researchers led by Gaia Novarino from Austria discovered a new genetic cause for autism spectrum disorder. Syndromic autism in patients born to parents who have had consanguineous marriages had mutation called SLC7A5 in a novel gene.

Neuroscience December 3, 2016

No Association Found Between Flu During Pregnancy And Autism Risk In Children

A new study suggests that there is no connection between mothers being infected with the influenza virus during pregnancy and an increased risk of the child to suffer from ASD. The research dismisses one of the myths surrounding this spectrum of diseases.

Public Health December 1, 2016

Children With Autism May Be Mistakenly Diagnosed With ADHD, Suggests Study

CHOP Autism and ADHD Experts Say Current Measuring Tools for ADHD may not work for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The clinicians recommend alternative methods to be used along with the standard diagnosis procedure.

Healthy Living/Wellness October 29, 2016

Possible Drug Target Discovered For Improving Social Interaction In People With Autism

People on the spectrum appear aloof and distant because they have trouble establishing and maintaining relationships. All that could change, however, as researchers identify a drug target that treatment can focus on to improve social interaction in individuals with ASD.

Medicine September 12, 2016

Autism Severity Linked To Ultrasound Exposure During First Trimester

It’s not uncommon for pregnant women to get ultrasounds during the course of their pregnancy to see how their baby is doing. However, researchers are saying that ultrasounds may be doing more harm than good.

Healthy Living/Wellness September 5, 2016

Autism Risk Rises In Young Children When They Have An Older Sibling With The Disorder

Siblings are connected for life no matter what they do. Researchers, however, have uncovered that they may also influence autism risk, with younger siblings likelier to develop the condition if an older sibling has it.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 8, 2016

Toxic Chemicals In Plastic, Air, Food Affect Children's Brain Development

A group of scientists, experts and children's health advocates signed an agreement highlighting the dangers brought on by toxic chemicals in plastic, food and air. They said that these common and widely used chemicals could affect brain development of children.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 3, 2016

Maine Teen With Autism Gets More Than 10,000 Birthday Cards After Online Request

Faith in humanity, restored. A Maine teen suffering from autism receives over 10,000 birthday cards from people all over the world after her cousin posted an online request on Facebook.

Viral June 17, 2016

One Third Of Kids With Autism Wander Away From Safe Environments

One third of kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders were found to wander more out of a safe place. The study call for more strategies to ensure safety of these kids at all times.

Public Health May 2, 2016

Aerial Pesticide Spraying Linked To Autism

Autism in children may be driven, in part, by aerial spraying of pesticides. How serious is the problem?

Public Health April 30, 2016

Darwin-OP2 Robot To Help Children With Autism Communicate More Easily

The newly designed Darwin-OP 2 Robot comes equipped to help autistic children in bettering their communication skills and social interactions. The robot is designed by Chung Hyuk Park, a biomedical engineering professor.

Robotics April 28, 2016

Researchers Launch Largest Autism Study: Here's How You Can Participate

A nationwide research is looking for participants for the largest autism study in the United States. The goal is to better analyze genetics' role in autism development and speed up treatments and supports.

Neuroscience April 22, 2016

Eye Movement During Conversation May Help Spot Children With Autism

The focus of the eyes during interactive conversations may help identify children with autism. Those with the developmental disability tend to focus on the speaker's mouth during emotional talks.

Life April 9, 2016

CDC Reports No Change In US Autism Rate

The rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder among children in the United States remained unchanged between 2010 and 2012. The data, however, did not include underdiagnosed cases across the country.

Life April 1, 2016

Study Reveals Why People With Autism Die Decades Earlier

A report has revealed that most people with autism die decades earlier than their peers, but what drives this phenomenon? Experts said there are several factors at play.

Life March 21, 2016

People With Autism Die 16 Years Earlier Than General Population

A Swedish study showed that people with autism die 18 years younger on average than others without the disorder. Now a UK charity is adamant about putting more funding into research on autism mortality and optimal treatment.

Life March 18, 2016

Should Your Child Get Screened For Autism? Experts Are Uncertain

Experts said data supporting the quality of autism screening is lacking. The panel recommends researchers to perform better and more in-depth studies to prove that autism screening can indeed help children improve health.

Life February 17, 2016

A Single Dose Of Blood Pressure Medicine May Improve Language, Social Skills Of People With Autism

Researchers have found that a single dose of high blood pressure drug propranolol can improve the language and social skills of people with autism. The preliminary results of a new randomized, controlled study could lead to new treatments and therapies.

Life February 2, 2016

Obesity, Diabetes During Pregnancy Linked To Increased Autism Risk In Children

A new study suggests that women with obesity and diabetes may have an increased risk of giving birth to children with autism. Doctors thus urge women to maintain a healthy weight before becoming pregnant.

Life January 31, 2016

Chinese Scientists Genetically Modify Monkeys To Exhibit Autism Symptoms

Researchers in China have successfully bred macaque monkeys exhibiting symptoms associated with autism. Their work resulted in a superior animal model for the condition that can help further more research.

Life January 29, 2016

Animal Empathy Observed In Prairie Voles May Help Autism Research

Researchers found that prairie voles console each other by increasing social contact through activities like grooming. Brain chemical oxytocin activated the same brain regions in prairie voles and humans, offering insight on how autism patients can improve socially.

Life January 22, 2016

Autism In Children Linked To Mothers' Use Of Antidepressants During Pregnancy

Use of antidepressants by expectant mothers may increase risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, a study suggest. Still, autism remains a rare condition even with the increased risk.

Life December 15, 2015

Autism Rates Among American Kids Rising, Says Survey: What Parents Should Know

A CDC report has found close to one in every 45 American children has the autism spectrum disorder. The increase in numbers is believed to be a result of the agency's updating of questions used to survey parents.

Life November 16, 2015

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