Autism test on the horizon as firm screens for signatures of disorder

A University of Wisconsin-Madison spin-off is screening blood samples in an effort to develop a biologically based method to diagnose autism.

Mar 2

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Study identifies novel mechanism that causes abnormal brain ...

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of highly inheritable behavioural disorders that pose major personal and public health concerns. Patients with ASDs have mild to severe communication difficulties, repetitive behaviour and social ...

Feb 18

Categories: Asperger's Syndrome, Autism spectrum disorders

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More progress needed in early recognition of autism

An increasing proportion of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are undergoing recommended evaluation in preschool years, but population rates of ASD remain higher in eight than four year-olds, a new study reports.

Dec 12

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child Development

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Oxytocin has social, emotional and behavioral benefits in young kids ...

A five week treatment with the synthetic hormone oxytocin significantly improved social, emotional and behavioral issues among young children with autism, according to a University of Sydney research.

Oct 28

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Is your child's ADHD actually autism?

'ASD that goes unrecognised and untreated until the child is older than six may negatively affect their long-term prognosis,' Dr Miodovnik said.

Sep 17

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child Development, Developmental Disorders ...

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Girls, boys with autism differ in behavior and brain structure

A study of about 800 children with autism found gender differences in a core feature of the disorder, as well as in the youngsters' brain structures. Girls with autism display less repetitive and restricted behavior than boys do, according to the ...

Sep 5

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Oppositional & Defiant Behavior in ...

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Can autism be measured in a sniff?

Imagine the way you might smell a rose. You'd take a nice big sniff to breathe in the sweet but subtle floral scent. Upon walking into a public restroom, you'd likely do just the opposite--abruptly limiting the flow of air through your nose. Now, ...

Jul 4

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Autistic children improved reading, brain activity after 10-week ...

Ten weeks of intensive reading intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder was enough to strengthen the activity of loosely connected areas of their brains that work together to comprehend reading, researchers have found.

Jun 25

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Are Specialized Diets For The Treatment Of Autism Effective?

Several genetic factors are known to influence the etiology of ASD, but these do not apply to the majority of autistic patients. The importance of environmental factors in the development of ASD has been gaining ground, namely the contribution of ...

Jun 25

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Enhanced Visual Attention May Be Early Predictor of Autism

Researchers from the University of London have found that the kids who at nine months quickly identified the odd visual element were more likely to show early symptoms of autism on the AOSI test at 15 and 24 months. The researchers found, however, ...

Jun 15

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Longitudinal brain changes from adolescence to adulthood in Autism ...

A study published in the June 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry demonstrates that the atypical trajectory of cortical/brain development in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) extends well beyond young ...

Jun 15

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Sleep Quality Influences the Cognitive Performance of Autistic and ...

One night of poor sleep significantly decreases performance on intelligence tests in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and also in neurotypical children (without ASD). This is the conclusion made by researchers at the Hôpital ...

May 29

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child Development, Sleep Disorders

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Researchers find differences in the brains and behavior of girls and ...

New research conducted by the UC Davis MIND Institute on a large cohort of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder has found differences in the underlying biology of their brains, and in their behavior, that may help explain how the condition ...

May 14

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child Development

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Study: Video Games Don't Trigger Aggression in Adults With Autism

Politicians pushed for a crackdown on violent video games after speculation arose that they spurred Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza - who had autism spectrum disorder - to commit one of the deadliest massacres in U.S. history, killing 26 children ...

Apr 30

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Autism spectrum disorders

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Opening the Classroom Door for Children with Autism

With the ever-growing prevalence of autism in American children (1 in 68 according to recent CDC estimates), a growing topic for debate among educators, advocates and families of children with autism revolves around the best educational option for ...

Apr 23

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child Development

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