Researcher Dr. Victoria Hallet, studying twins and autism

Profiles in Brief – Dr. Victoria Hallet Dr. Hallet’s ongoing research focuses on exploring the association between autism spectrum conditions and anxiety difficulties, using behavioural genetic and physiological techniques. Dr. Hallet first began her work on twins and autism while working on her PhD in 2009 at Kings College at the University of London, UK.  She […]

New research claims use of acetaminophen / paracetamol correlates with Autism and ADHD diagnosis rise

Correlation with common over the counter acetaminophen and the rise of autism Revolutionary new research published in the Journal of Evolutionary Medicine claims to have found a correlation in the rise of Autism and ADHD and asthma diagnosis with use of  acetaminophen, the main  component of painkiller Paracetamol in genetically or metabolically susceptible children, and the use […]

Clues to autism from new study of prenatal weight gain

Salt Lake City, USA  — New research from the University of Utah shows a link between weight gain before and during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Deborah A. Bilder, M.D., lead author of the study and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah says, “These findings suggest that weight gain during […]

Children born to mothers with Lupus twice as likely to be Autistic

NEWS IN BREIF – Children born to mothers with a diagnosis of Systemic lupus erythamatosus are almost twice as likely to have autism a recent study has found. The study will be presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting on Wednesday October 30, and may lead to added prenatal care for women suffering […]

Genetic test for autism is questioned by new study

  Boston, USA – Last year, in September 2012, a team scientists from University of Melbourne claimed to have identified specific markers to that could be used to design a genetic test for a person’s risk for autism-spectrum disorders. Benjamin Neale and his team from Massachusetts General Hospital used a larger sample in an attempt […]

Can the drug Ecstasy be of assistance in autism therapy?

Ana Kasparian, Ben Mankiewicz and Michael Shure from the The Young Turks discuss the potential use of Ecstasy in therapeutic uses with autism. Ana begins, “The California Review Panel has decided to allow scientist to do a study on MDMA and what it could potentially do to help those who are born with autism. So this […]

Autism Research: October 25, 2103 Week in review

Autism kids high on psychiatric medication As reported in Autism Daily Newscast on Oct 21st, a study has found that kids with autism are prescribed psychotropic medication in more than half the cases. At least one third children have taken a psychotropic drug more than once in their lives. The study lead by Donna Spencer […]

Australian study finds autistic teens feel isolated

Autism Daily Newscast report earlier this month on a study published by Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) that found teens with autism are struggling to cope with school work, bullying, and mental health issues.  The last article focused on the challenges within the school system. This article looks at the broader issues of the study. The study called “We […]

Measuring how the autistic brain of 2 year olds responds to words predicts future abilities

Early intervention is important in the developmental strategies for those with autism, but why is it that the learning of one child may be significantly more or less than another. A new  research paper, published May 29 in the journal PLoS ONE, studied 24 –  2 year old children who had autism and 20 other […]

A theatrical early intervention scheme for autism

Theatre, and theatre studies may prove invaluable to children and young adults when enhancing their communication and social inhibition issues. A study released October 22 in the Journal of Autism Research has indicated that children with autism and ASDs respond exceedingly well to theatre in particular musical theatre as part of their early intervention and […]