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  1. First 1,000 Days of Life Could Hold Keys to Autism

    February 17, 2014- "First 1,000 Days of Life Could Hold Keys to Autism"-  Researchers believe the onset of autism begins in the earliest moments of life, during fetal development and the first few months of infancy. A new project, deemed the First 1,000 Days of Life, aims to follow at least 5,000 women and their babies through pregnancy and the first two years after birth. Although this project is not specifically focused on autism, it will almost certainly include at least a few dozen cases of the disorder cause of its prevalence.

    • Feb 18 2014 10:45 AM
    • by brian
  2. Autism and Pets: More Evidence of Social Benefits

    April 15, 2014- "Autism and Pets: More Evidence of Social Benefits"- A new study surveyed parents of children who had autism about their children’s interactions with dogs and found that they can benefit children with autism. Of the responders, 94 percent said their children bonded strongly with the pet and even in the families without dogs, 7 in 10 parents said their children enjoyed interacting with dogs.  Past research has shown that children can become more social in the presence of animals, but their sociability does not necessarily translate to human interaction.

    • Apr 17 2014 02:16 PM
    • by brian
  3. Smart Technology to Help Doctors Detect Autism...

    February 15, 2014- "Smart Technology to Help Doctors Detect Autism Earlier"- Today, autism is usually not diagnosed in children until they reach the age of 4, causing them to miss out on critical intervention time. A recent $2.5 million research grant to Florida State University hopes to lower that age through a project that will screen infants who are only 12 months old using smart technology that can search simultaneously for both autism and communication delays.  Doctors will ask the parents of every infant they examine to answer 10 online questions designed to identify delays in communication skills. The answers automatically will trigger as many as 20 additional, autism-specific questions, which are designed to instantly indicate whether the child is at risk for communication delays or autism so that intervention can begin immediately.

    • Feb 17 2014 12:32 PM
    • by brian
  4. Baby Siblings Outcomes: Beyond Autism

    February 14, 2013- "Baby Siblings Outcomes: Beyond Autism"- A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry observed more than 500 baby siblings of individuals with autism who did not have an ASD diagnosis by the age of 3. The research, which was conducted by the Baby Siblings Research Consortium, demonstrated that baby sibs in the study showed more autism symptoms as a group. The language and problem-solving skills weren’t as high in the baby sibs group, which indicates that autism is not an all or nothing disorder as those who do not meet the diagnostic criteria may have related challenges.

    • Apr 11 2013 11:13 AM
    • by brian
  5. Brain Damage in Premature Newborns may Raise Ri...

    April 1, 2013- "Brain Damage in Premature Newborns may Raise Risk for Autism"- Low-birth-weight babies with injury to their white matter are more likely to be diagnosed with autism as adults, according to a recent research study. The findings are a part of the Neonatal Brain Hemorrhage Study, an effort that began in the mid-1980s, which used cranial ultrasounds taken within the first few days of infants’ lives to analyze the brains of more than a 1,000 low-birth-weight children.

    • Apr 02 2013 10:15 AM
    • by brian
  6. Full Vaccine Schedule Safe for Kids, No Link to...

    March 29, 2013- "Full Vaccine Schedule Safe for Kids, No Link to Autism"- Data collection indicates that at least 10% of parents of young children skip or delay routine vaccinations out of concern that receiving too many vaccines in a short period of time can be detrimental to their child’s development. A new study has found that children who receive the full schedule of vaccinations have no increased risk for developing autism.

    • Apr 01 2013 12:18 PM
    • by brian
  7. Autism Risk Unrelated to Total Vaccine Exposure...

    March 29, 2013- "Autism Risk Unrelated to Total Vaccine Exposure in Early Childhood"- A newly published study in The Journal of Pediatrics has determined there is no relation between receiving too many vaccinations too soon and an increased risk of developing autism. The research focused on a section of vaccine records from over 1,000 children born from 1994-1999. The study found that the total number of vaccine antigens received was the same between children with ASD and those without ASD.

    • Apr 01 2013 11:10 AM
    • by brian
  8. Genetics: Rare Mutation Linked to Autism, Psych...

    April 1, 2013- "Genetics: Rare Mutation Linked to Autism, Psychosis"- A boy with the unique combination of a rare deletion in chromosome 3 was diagnosed with autism and psychotic symptoms by age 5. He is the second identified individual with this deletion who has these symptoms. The case study of this individual has been documented in great detail from the motor difficulties he experienced at age 2 to the development of his psychotic symptoms.

    • Apr 02 2013 10:25 AM
    • by brian
  9. In Autism, Obesity Starts Early

    April 2, 2013- "In Autism, Obesity Starts Early"- According to a recent study, more than 30 percent of children with autism are overweight or obese, a rate that is significantly higher than in the general population. The cause for the weight gain is unknown, however researchers ruled out the possibility that medications influenced weight gain in this sample.

    • Apr 03 2013 10:28 AM
    • by brian
  10. Feds to Move Away from DSM

    May 6, 2013- "Feds to Move Away from DSM"- Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Thomas Insel, wrote in a recent blog post that the agency will be redirecting its research focus away from the symptom-based diagnostic criteria of the DSM toward more scientifically verifiable standards. This news comes on the cusp of the introduction of the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. To back this statement, Insel announced the launching of a new NIMH project known as Research Domain Criteria, which is designed to collect the data needed for a new classification system by using genetics, imaging, cognitive science, and other techniques and to support studies that overlap current existing categories.

    • May 07 2013 09:02 AM
    • by brian
  11. Behavioral Therapy Normalizes Activity in Autis...

    May 2, 2013- "Behavioral Therapy Normalizes Activity in Autism Brains"- A recent, small study suggests that pivotal response training (PRT) alters brain activity in children with autism. The therapy effectively normalizes some regions of brain activity and triggers compensatory activity in others. This research builds on a previous study from last year that suggests the Early Start Denver Model, which uses PRT as its key component, normalizes brain activity in young children with autism, but the study did not compare brain activity before and after treatment.

    • May 03 2013 08:51 AM
    • by brian
  12. New Government Estimate Finds Autism More Commo...

    March 20, 2013- "New Government Estimate Finds Autism More Common than Before; 1 in 50 School Kids Diagnosed"- Health officials believe that the recent findings of autism prevalence, 1 in 50 in children aged 6 to 17, are a result of greater awareness and diagnosis, as oppose to a higher incidence of the disorder. This estimate released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that at least 1 million children in the United State haves autism.

    • May 15 2013 09:28 AM
    • by brian
  13. Clinical Research: Risperidone Boosts Milk Hormone

    March 29, 2013- "Clinical Research: Risperidone Boosts Milk Hormone"- A recent research study found that long-term treatment with risperidone may boost levels of prolactin, a hormone that stimulates milk production. Risperidone is only one of two drugs approved by the FDA to treat autism symptoms, specifically hyperactivity and repetitive behavior.

    • Mar 29 2013 10:23 AM
    • by brian
  14. Congressional Hearing on Autism

    December 1, 2012- "Congressional Hearing on Autism" - A congressional hearing took place on November 29, 2012 to discuss the alarming rise of incidence of autism spectrum disorders in our country. Members of congress gathered expert testimony from two panels. The first panel consisted of Dr. Alan Guttmacher- National Institute of Health Child & Human Development Director and Dr. Coleen Boyle- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Birth Defects & Developmental Disabilities Director who provided expert testimony and answered the questions proposed by the Congressional committee to the best of their knowledge. Bob Wright- co-founder of Autism Speaks, Scott Badesch- President and Chief Operating Officer of Autism Society, Mark Blaxill- Government Affairs Committee Chairman of SafeMinds, Bradley McGarry- Asperger Initiative Coordinator at Mercyhurst University, Michael John Carley- executive director of Global & Regional Syndrome Partnership, and Ari Ne’eman- President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, encompassed the second panel of experts. Each of these experts gave 5-minute testimony that covered various topics regarding the increase of autism diagnosis across the nation.

    • Mar 26 2013 02:34 PM
    • by National Autism Network
  15. Intensive Treatment Highly Effective for High-F...

    January 12, 2013- "Intensive Treatment Highly Effective for High-Functioning Autism Children"- Researchers at the Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College conducted a randomized clinical trial and found that a comprehensive summer treatment to be effective in improving the social performance and clinical symptoms of children  with high-function ASDs. At the end of the five-week program children were reported as demonstrating significantly higher scores on child measures of non-literal language skills and knowledge of appropriate social behaviors.

    • Apr 03 2013 12:24 PM
    • by brian
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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