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  1. Is DiGeorge Syndrome an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

    November 2, 2012- "Is DiGeorge Syndrome an Autism Spectrum Disorder?"- DiGeorge Syndrome is a genetic disorder with about 15 to 20 percent of those affected meeting the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders. Knowing the genetic causes of ASD is important in helping health care professionals better predict and treat related issues.

    • Mar 20 2013 10:46 AM
    • by brian
  2. Cardinal Glennon Autism Study need Children for...

    October 15, 2012- "Cardinal Glennon Autism Study need Children for Assessment"- Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center is recruiting infants with siblings on the autism spectrum between the ages of six and twelve months for a study focusing on early detection on autism spectrum disorders.

    • Mar 19 2013 09:16 AM
    • by brian
  3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to Study How Aut...

    November 26, 2012- "Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to Study How Autism Develops"- The Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati is one of 5 recipients of a five-year, $12.5 million grant to study how autism develops. Researchers will study children with tuberous sclerosis complex, a rare genetic disease that causes autism in about 50 percent of cases. TSC can be diagnosed before birth, which makes it possible to observe how the brain’s circuitry develops before autism becomes apparent through the use of advanced brain imaging techniques.

    • Mar 26 2013 02:05 PM
    • by brian
  4. Autistic Tendencies Linked to Compulsive Intern...

    October 13, 2012- "Autistic Tendencies Linked to Compulsive Internet Use"- Individuals on the autism spectrum may use the internet in a compulsive, negative way, which leads to a reduced sense of well-being and poorer relationship according to a researcher at the University of Amsterdam.  Compulsive use of the internet is defined by the user not feeling in control of his/her online activity.

    • Mar 19 2013 09:09 AM
    • by brian
  5. Will the DSM-5 Reduce Rates of Autism?

    November 20, 2012- "Will the DSM-5 Reduce Rates of Autism?"- This article refutes the claims of research by Dr. Catherine Lord relating to the new DSM-5 criteria affecting the rate of diagnosis for individuals on the autism spectrum. The article cites several small studies that claim that as many as 60% of children currently meeting the diagnostic criteria would not under the DSM-5 and stresses the importance of how changing diagnostic criteria could result in a number of children missing out on critical support services.

    • Mar 26 2013 01:01 PM
    • by brian
  6. Study Examines Role of Genetics in Autism

    October 15, 2012- "Study Examines Role of Genetics in Autism"- Nearly half the risk of developing autism comes from inheriting an accumulation of common genetic variations from the parents according to a new study.

    • Mar 19 2013 09:25 AM
    • by brian
  7. A Cultural Understanding of Autism

    November 4, 2012- "A Cultural Understanding of Autism"- This article contains highlights and a link to an article from Nature that explains how different cultural tendencies make it difficult to diagnose autism using the standard diagnostic tools.

    **Original article no longer available by publisher

    • Feb 12 2014 12:36 PM
    • by brian
  8. Are Pesticides a Key Driver of the Autism Incre...

    October 15, 2012- "Are Pesticides a Key Driver of the Autism Increase?"- The author discusses claims made by the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), which claim pesticides are largely responsible for the dramatic increase in autism.

    • Mar 19 2013 09:17 AM
    • by brian
  9. Students with Autism Choose STEM Majors, if The...

    November 20, 2012- "Students with Autism Choose STEM Majors, if They Go to College"- Researchers at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis conducted a study on college students on the autism spectrum. The study found that individuals on the autism spectrum opted for a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics major and researchers also collected data on how economic status and other demographics played a role in what type of education these individuals receive.

    • Mar 26 2013 01:07 PM
    • by brian
  10. Could Stem Cells Treat Autism?

    October 13, 2012- "Could Stem Cells Treat Autism?"- The Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to a study that will examine the potential benefits of utilizing stem cells from a child’s own umbilical cord as a treatment for improving language and behavior in autism.

    *Article was taken offline by original source

    • May 15 2013 12:03 PM
    • by brian
  11. Effective Autism Care Requires Attention to Com...

    November 26, 2012- "Effective Autism Care Requires Attention to Comorbidities, Research Indicates"- Dr. Darryn M. Sikora is the lead author of a study that found that behavioral problems in autism spectrum disorder often improve when the symptoms are properly addressed through medical treatment. For example, insomnia is very common for children with ASD and can lead to increased problem behavior and emotional issues, but doctors and therapists can make a positive difference in the child’s overall well-being by addressing these sleep problems and other co-morbid conditions common in autism.

    • Mar 26 2013 02:04 PM
    • by brian
  12. Connecting the Social and the Spatial

    October 12, 2012-"Connecting the Social and the Spatial"- Amy Lynne Shelton and her colleagues are looking to expand on a prior experiment that suggests there is a link between higher social skills and the ability to see the world from another person’s point of view.

    • Mar 19 2013 09:01 AM
    • by brian
  13. The Brain Map that Shows the Differences in the...

    October 16, 2012- "The Brain Map that Shows the Differences in the Brain of Autistic People can Explain Their Difficulties—and also Shed Light on Their Unique Talents"- Scientists have found several unique features of the autistic brain by studying Professor Temple Grandin, an influential individual on the autism spectrum. Researchers performed psychological tests and brain scans to investigate her unique brain.

    • Mar 19 2013 09:23 AM
    • by brian
  14. Autism Drug Study Involves South Florida Children

    October 19, 2012- "Autism Drug Study Involves South Florida Children"- ConnectMe, an international initiative with 85 study centers in the United States and 185 worldwide, is investigating the effects of memantine on children with autism. The largest study of its kind, memantine is being tested to see if it will improve communication and social limitations in individuals on the autism spectrum.

    • Mar 19 2013 09:34 AM
    • by brian
  15. Brain Scans to Investigate Autism Cause may be...

    November 2, 2012- "Brain Scans to Investigate Autism Cause may be Misleading"- Kevin Pelphrey, an associate professor of child psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center, praised the speed at which brain scanning technology has improved through the use of fMRI over the last couple of years, but is currently backtracking some on his past statements. His current position is based on new research that shows that the lack of connections between regions of the brain seen in individuals on the autism spectrum can be replicated in brain scans of neurotypical individuals when they move their head while undergoing an MRI.

    • Mar 20 2013 10:52 AM
    • by brian
  16. We Can Now Add Forced Sweating to the Faux Auti...

    November 5, 2012- "We Can Now Add Forced Sweating to the Faux Autism Treatment List"- Infrared sauna therapy is the latest “treatment” for ASD to be endorsed by Generation Rescue, Jenny McCarthy’s autism organization, because of its detoxification abilities. Other detoxification intervention methods endorsed by Generation Rescue include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, chelation, Lupron, and the use of industrial strength bleach, despite the fact that there is no evidence base that demonstrates any benefits of detoxification for individuals with autism.

    • Jan 23 2013 09:05 PM
    • by brian
  17. Exploring Autism with Avatars: Rutgers Uses Vir...

    November 25, 2012- "Exploring Autism with Avatars: Rutgers Uses Virtual Worlds to Test Kids for Disorder"- Avatars are being utilized for research designed to help improve the way individuals on the spectrum learn, move, and communicate. By attaching individual subjects to a variety of sensors the researchers are able to collect data on the subtle movements and gestures of each subject, which will help them to develop future therapies that can help kids perform daily tasks, play with friends, and communicate their needs.

    • Mar 26 2013 01:55 PM
    • by brian
  18. Autism Research will look at Bullying

    November 4, 2012- "Autism Research will look at Bullying"- Jonathon Weiss, an assistant professor in York University’s department of psychology, will receive $2 million to spend studying the lopsided rate of mental health problems among children and adults with autism, including the effects of bullying.

    ​*Article was taken offline by original source

    • May 15 2013 12:05 PM
    • by brian
  19. UT Researchers Question Autism Therapy

    November 19, 2012- "UT Researchers Question Autism Therapy"- Researchers at the University of Texas reviewed 25 major studies concerning Sensory Integration Therapy and found that there is no scientific evidence to show that the therapy is improves the condition for individuals on the autism spectrum.

    **Original article no longer available by publisher

    • Feb 12 2014 12:37 PM
    • by brian
  20. MUSC to Study Autism in Local Children

    November 5, 2012- "MUSC to Study Autism in Local Children"- Autism Speaks awards the Medical University of South Carolina a $1 million grant to conduct a study to determine where services are needed most by getting an estimate of the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the community. Results are expected to be available for legislators and related service professionals by 2015.

    ​*Article taken offline by original source

    • May 15 2013 11:43 AM
    • by brian
  21. Vitamin D Deficiency during Pregnancy Boosts Au...

    November 27, 2012- "Vitamin D Deficiency during Pregnancy Boosts Autism Risk"- Research from the University of Glasgow reviewed data from different research groups and found evidence that vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women could lead to an increased risk of their child developing ASD. Past evidence has shown that vitamin D is very important for normal brain development. The article goes on to discuss the possibility that the intake of a preservative known as propionic acid (PA) may also increase the likelihood of developing autism.

    • Mar 26 2013 02:16 PM
    • by brian
  22. Support for Many Autism Interventions Lacking

    November 5, 2012- "Support for Many Autism Interventions Lacking"-Early intervention is thought to be one of the most important courses of action a parent can take to benefit a child with autism.  Unfortunately, new research indicates treatments that focus on everything from socialization to language, behavior, and adaptive skills in people with autism show insufficient to moderate support. No autism intervention was found to have a high level of support based on the review of over 100 studies of interventions used with children or adolescents with autism.

    • Mar 20 2013 11:11 AM
    • by brian
  23. Dysregulated Protein Synthesis May be Behind Au...

    November 27, 2012-Dysregulated Protein Synthesis May be Behind Autism- A link between protein synthesis, also known as mRNA translation, and autism spectrum disorders has been identified according to a study from McGill University and the University of Montreal. The findings of the study could lead to pharmacological interventions that target the mechanisms that influence  autism.

    • Mar 26 2013 02:14 PM
    • by brian
  24. Study Finds Possible Risks in Autism Treatment

    November 3, 2012-"Study Finds Possible Risks in Autism Treatment"- Oxytocin is a natural hormone involved in bonding behavior, such as the attachment a new mother feels toward a baby, is being tested by researchers on children with social deficits. However, a study using prairie voles as an animal model has shown that long-term use of oxytocin could have the opposite effect.

    • Mar 20 2013 10:54 AM
    • by brian
  25. Rise in Autism Diagnoses Leads to Research Expl...

    November 26, 2012- "Rise in Autism Diagnoses Leads to Research Explosion"- Dr. Geraldine Dawson, Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer, speaks on how the rise in prevalence and financial impact of autism has prompted a dramatic increase in research. The article also makes clear that while research funding has increased in many areas, there are still aspects of the disorder that mus be explored further.

    • Mar 26 2013 01:59 PM
    • by brian