Autism Research: January 3, 2014 Week In Review

Fruit flies and autism  Scientists are constantly probing nature for answers to existing problems of mankind. This time they ended up probing the fruit fly to get answers for autism. Insects especially fruit flies are known to be extremely sensitive to odors. So, scientists decided to study their “volume-control system” to understand the sensory overload […]

Autism Research: December 27, 2013 Week in Review

Hospital acquired infections test positive for risk of autism  The latest study published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders reports that pregnant mothers that were diagnosed with a bacterial infection during their stay in the hospital were 58% more likely to deliver a child with autism spectrum disorders. Senior author of study, Dr. Lisa […]

Heightened anxiety in autism

In these days of greater focus on the presentation of autism outside of just the core triad (or dyad depending on your diagnostic definition) of behaviours, one issue crops up time and time again: anxiety. For anyone with either personal or professional experience / interest in autism, the findings from Hallett and colleagues* talking about […]

Autism Research: December 22, 2013 Week in Review

Psychosocial interventions to help remedy kids on autism spectrum  Yale Child Study Center conducted a study to evaluate the effects of psychosocial interventions in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Brian Reichow and team found that numerous children with an intellectual disability or lower functioning autism did not receive such interventions. Published in PLOS […]

Minnesota study links Somali population with high levels of autism

Minnesota, MN – A study by the University of Minneapolis has found high levels of autism in children born into the City’s Somalian population. The study was conducted as part of a bigger project, the Minneapolis Somali autism spectrum disorder prevalence program which was initiated to investigate why there was such a high level of ASDs […]

New Study Highlights the Importance of Social Interaction for Autistic Children

Dr Blythe Corbett Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator is the lead author of the study.* Children on the autistic spectrum and typically developing children were observed playing together in a playground setting. It was found the two groups played in similar ways. The autistic children were found to initiate and engage […]

Gastrointestinal observations in the valproate mouse model of autism

The recent revelation that offspring of a maternal immune activated (MIA) mouse model of autism, or at least mouse presentation of behaviours judged similar to those observed in cases of autism, might also present with gastrointestinal effects has certainly caught the imagination. Describing how the so-called leaky gut might be associated with those trillions of […]

The dynamic nature of preschool autism

Autism currently remains a diagnosis based exclusively on observed behaviours and analysis of developmental history. Although various early diagnostic markers have been put forward as potential candidates to make the diagnostic process more objective and onwards remove the subjectivity behind making a diagnosis, none have so far lived up to expectation. Part of the reason […]

Autism Research: December 6, 2013. Week in review

Air pollution worsens genetic predilection for autism As reported by Autism Daily Newscast in a longer article this week, a particular genetic variant has been identified to increase the risk of autism on exposure to air pollution, a new study has found. Researchers from the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California found that […]