Shân Ellis

About Shân Ellis

Shân Ellis, is a qualified journalist with five years experience of writing features, blogging and working on a regional newspaper. Prior to working as a journalist, she was a ghost writer for top publishers and was closely involved in the editing and development of book series. Shân has a degree in the sciences, and 5 A levels. She lives in the UK and is the mother of an autistic child.

Siblings ten times more likely to have autism new study reveals

King’s College, London – The largest study of its kind has revealed that children diagnosed with autism are ten times more likely to have siblings also diagnosed on the spectrum. Researchers at Kings College London and Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that the risk triples if there is a half-brother or sister or a cousin with […]

New study reveals two common environmental chemicals may impact autism development

Research conducted by Brown University in Rhode Island has isolated two common chemicals used in fire retardation and pesticides that are thought to contribute to the development of autism during Gestation. PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyl, specifically PBDE-28) are thought to play a part in disrupting hormone pathways which are intrinsic in brain development in the developing embryo. The […]

Autism linked to salt in the nerves at birth

Scientists at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research have found a tentative link between salt levels in neurons during birth and autism. The full article which appeared in The Independent on January 11, cites the research conducted by Dr Yehzeckel Ben-Ami and his team. They looked at the relationship between the love […]

EphB gene family mutation is linked to autism

New research conducted at the Havard school of medical research at McLean Hospital have isolated a cluster of genes that are specifically linked to autism. The cluster named EphB are predominantly essential in the wiring of the brain during the development of a foetus. A mutation in these cells causes mis-wiring commonly contributing to the […]

Micro movements a way of diagnosing autism, say researchers

Tiny movements of the eye that are not even visible to the human eye are being studied by researchers in the University of Indiana as a means to detect autism and autistic spectrum disorder. The tiny micro movements and their frequency can also be an indicator as to the severity of the symptoms according to […]

Single mother of autistic boys target of ignorant neighbours

A single mother of two autistic boys from Bromley near Colchester UK, has become the target of a disparaging letter from her neighbours. The letter which was posted anonymously through her door on New Years Eve, has caused huge ripples within the autism community. Annie Sands, mother to Sebastian, 14 and Reuben, 13, was kind […]

Concerns voiced over autistic children locked in Isolation Rooms in PEI schools

Prince Edward Island, Canada – Concerns have been voiced due to cases of autisctic children being locked in isolation rooms in schools on Prince Edward Island, Canada. During question time or period as known on the island, concerned parents told provincial legislature, opposition MPA James Aylward that children with autism were being removed from mainstream […]

UCLA researchers map autism genes by function

November 2013 has been an enormous month for developments in autism research, mostly the identification and mapping of the group of genes that are involved in the onset of autism and ASDs. Dr Daniel Geschwind headed up a group of neuroscientists researchers at the UCLA have mapped the cells by function and pin pointed the […]

Robert Kennedy Jr : Thimerosal, vaccination and political fireworks

Robert Kennedy Jr has once again inflamed the Thimerosal vaccination debate by threatening to publish his book “Thimerosal: Let the Science speak” which contains information he claims the CDC is hiding from the American public. It’s not the first time Kennedy, an attorney for the natural defence council has made the claim, and been rebuffed. […]

Blogging mother, Temporary Tourist, shares her experiences of Disney’s Guest Assistance rule change

We’ve had mixed responses on Disney’s decision to change the Guest Assistance Card system. We reported Autism Hippie’s experiences on October 11. Disney implemented a change in their guest assistance cards for children and adults with special needs on October 9 after reports that people were flagrantly abusing the old system. Cards called Disability Access […]