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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Autism in children may be driven, in part, by aerial spraying of pesticides. How serious is the problem?
Public Health April 30, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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