Autism Research: August 14, 2015 Week in Review

Scientists discover ‘molecular switch’ of genes causing autism In an effort to pin point where exactly it all begins, scientists have identified a so called ‘molecular switch’ to the thousand or more genes that have been associated with autism. Of these genes, which are the ones that are directly responsible for autism remains to be […]

Autism Research: 7th August, 2015 Week in Review

Self-assessment for autism adults with repetitive behaviors developed Numerous questionnaires and studies assess various traits of autism like social awkwardness, etc. Very few studies have worked on developing methods for self-assessing adults with autism. One such unique study published by the Cardiff University has created a first of its kind self-assessment questionnaire to help clinicians […]

Autism Research: 31st July, 2015 Week in Review

Autism costs to cross $500 billion by 2025 Health economists at the University of California Davis Health System have projected life care costs for people on the spectrum in the US. Keeping in mind that treatment is elusive, job opportunities poor and effective interventions minimal, they have projected loss of $268 billion for 2015 alone […]

Autism Research: July 24, 2015 Week in Review

Rising autism rates partially due to evolving diagnostic criteria Yet another study has blamed the American Psychiatric Association’s constantly enlarging and encompassing diagnostic criteria for the increasing rates of diagnoses of autism in the past decade. Individuals who would have been identified with other intellectual disabilities are now being classified under Autism spectrum disorders, leading […]

Autism Research: July 17, 2015 Week in Review

Unexpected new pathway may give new autism therapy in future Researchers from the VIB Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology fell upon an unexpected biological pathway involving the protein APP which plays a vital role in development of one of the commonest causes for autism i.e. the Fragile X syndrome. Scientists led by Dr. Emanuela Pasciuto […]

Autism Research: July 10, 2015 Week in Review

Study finds happiness predictors in parents with children on the spectrum Researchers are constantly trying to identify sources of unhappiness in life, be it diseases, their causes and their solutions, or social functioning that leads to disruption in harmonious living. In yet another study, researchers from the University of Miami have conducted a research in […]

Autism Research: July 3, 2015 Week in Review

High risk preemies don’t manifest typical autism signs in early infancy A new study conducted at the Washington University School of Medicine has identified that premature babies, tend to be at a higher risk of being diagnosed with autism. Those babies who tend to avoid eye contact during early infancy were found to be less […]

Autism Research: June 26, 2015 Week in Review

Study demystifies C-section and autism link Previous studies had suggested a potentially cause-effect association between Cesarean section linked births and children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. A new study published in the prestigious JAMA Psychiatry has busted the association saying the association was most probably due to unknown environmental or genetic factors. The study headed […]

Autism Research: June 19, 2015 Week in Review

Keener perception in infants associated with autism A new study published in the journal Current Biology has found a strong association between infants with strong perception skills and autism. This differential perception, often much stronger than average peers can be skimmed out right in infancy much before actual clinical symptoms of autism can be identified. […]

Autism Research: 12 June, 2015 Week in Review

Autism youngsters oversensitive to sensory stimuli wired differently A new study conducted at the University of California-Los Angeles Health Sciences (UCLA) has found that youngsters on the spectrum that are oversensitive to sensory stimuli like light, noise, new environments, etc have brains that react differently compared to others. Using functional MRI (fMRI), a team of […]