Females Are Genetically Protected from Autism

It takes more mutations to trigger autism in women than in men, which may explain why men are four times more likely to have the disorder, according to a study published 26 February in the American Journal of Human Genetics. The study found that ...

Mar 11

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

In 1998, there was a groundbreaking study telling parents that their children were at risk of getting autism from vaccines. Parents everywhere collectively gasped. After all, they had been told for years vaccines were the best way to prevent any ...

Feb 26

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Growing number of chemicals linked with brain disorders in children

Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children - such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia - according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) ...

Feb 18

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism spectrum ...

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Complementary medicine in wide use to treat children with autism, ...

In the search for treatments to help their children, families may turn to unconventional approaches such as mind-body medicine (e.g. ...

Jan 14

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child Development

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Non-Specialist Psychosocial Interventions for Children with ...

The development of effective treatments for use by non-specialists is listed among the top research priorities for improving the lives of people with mental illness worldwide. The purpose of this review is to appraise which interventions for ...

Dec 20

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child Development, Intellectual Disability

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A single spray of oxytocin improves brain function in children with ...

A single dose of the hormone oxytocin, delivered via nasal spray, has been shown to enhance brain activity while processing social information in children with autism spectrum disorders, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a new study ...

Dec 3

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child Development

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Can Autism symptoms be turned into strengths?

A novel approach to treating children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder could help them navigate their world by teaching them to turn their symptoms into strengths. In the article “Symptoms as Solutions: Hypnosis and Biofeedback for ...

Nov 26

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Problem-Solving Education Reduces Parental Stress After Child Autism ...

A cognitive-behavioral intervention known as problem-solving education (PSE) may help reduce parental stress and depressive symptoms immediately after their child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study by Emily ...

Nov 15

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child ...

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Theatre offers promise for youth with autism


A novel autism intervention program using theatre to teach reciprocal communication skills is improving social deficits in ...

Oct 25

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child ...

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Research finds brain scans may aid in diagnosis of autism

Joint research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Psychology and Auburn University indicates that brain scans show signs of autism that could eventually support behavior-based diagnosis of autism and effective early ...

Oct 19

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Yawning Not Contagious for Children with Autism

Boredom, tiredness, hunger and stress can all set off a yawn. People can even 'catch' a bout of yawning when they see or hear another person in the throes of the involuntary gesture, a phenomenon known as social yawning. Researchers speculate that ...

Sep 25

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Autistic children with better motor skills more adept at socializing

In a new study looking at toddlers and preschoolers with autism, researchers found that children with better motor skills were more adept at socializing and communicating. Published online today in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ...

Sep 12

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child ...

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Funding boost to bring 3D dolphins closer to autistic children

SINGAPORE - Standing in a darkened room surrounded by a curved screen, Gary Oh, who has autism, interacted with images of dolphins projected in 3D while soothing music played. Together with 14 other youths and children with autism, Gary, then 17, ...

Aug 28

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child ...

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First autism insurance scheme sees ‘solid’ start

Singapore - The first insurance scheme here designed for children and young adults with autism has seen some 50 applications since its launch last week, as well as sparked calls urging insurers to consider schemes for those with mental illnesses, ...

Aug 24

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Recurrence Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders Examined for Full, Half ...

A Danish study of siblings suggests the recurrence risks for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) varied from 4.5 percent to 10.5 percent depending on the birth years, which is higher than the ASD risk of 1.18 percent in the overall Danish population, ...

Aug 20

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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