Autism Research: May 16, 2014 Week in Review

Fathers with technical jobs at higher risk of having autistic children A shocking new study published this week has revealed that children with fathers holding technical jobs are more likely to have autism. The study conducted by researchers from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston found that fathers who had technical jobs like […]

Study finds that adults with autism at risk of having multiple health problems

Autism Research Program of Kaiser Permanente Northern California – This new study finds that adults with autism are at a higher risk from additional health problems which depression, obesity and high blood pressure. The study is to be presented in Atlanta at the International Meeting for Autism. Program director and study leader author Lisa Croen […]

Neonatal jaundice and the risk of autism

“Newborns with neonatal jaundice had increased risks of developing ASD [autism spectrum disorder]” according to research by Mu-Hong Chen and colleagues* based in Taiwan. Based on a large cohort of over 2000 newborns presenting with neonatal jaundice otherwise known as hyperbilirubinemia characterised by yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes, researchers looked […]

Autism Research: May 9, 2014 Week in Review

Environment and genes equally associated with autism The extension of the nature versus nurture debate pertaining to autism has been going on since a few years now. Whether its the environmental factors or genes that play the chief role in determining if the child will have autism has been repeatedly asked with no concrete answers. […]

Genetic and Environmental Influences Are Equally Important Risk Factors for Autism Spectrum Disorder – Press Release

New York – Autism Daily Newscast  reported on the concurrent study regarding familial inheritance of Autism on May 6.  You can read that article here. This press release was received by Mount Sinai school of medicine. In the largest family study on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to date, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at […]

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 […]

Autistic traits in Down’s syndrome

“The pervasiveness of ASD [autism spectrum disorder] in children with DS [Down’s syndrome] in England and Wales is substantially higher than in the general population”. That was the conclusion of the study by Georgina Warner and colleagues looking at the frequency of “autistic‐type behaviours” in a group of children and adolescents diagnosed with DS. Down’s […]

Autism Research: May 2, 2014 week in review

New study confirms children with autism four times more likely to suffer from digestive troubles As reported earlier this week by Autism Daily Newscast, a new study confirms children with autism more likely to suffer tummy troubles. The results are reported in the April 28, 2014, online early edition of the journal Pediatrics. Co-author William Sharp, PhD, director […]

Autism and its effect on motor skills

A study published in April’s edition of the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly journal has taken a closer look at how autism has an effect on the development of gross and finite motor skills in young children. The study looked closely at the developmental milestones of children between 12 and 33 months of age, taking into […]

Maternal thyroid dysfunction and offspring autism and ADHD

Maternal thyroid disease first diagnosed and treated after the birth of a child may impact on offspring risk of autism or ADHD according to new research from Aalborg University and Aalborg University Hospital, in Denmark. Based on a review of birth registries plotting information on the diagnosis and/or treatment of maternal thyroid disease and the […]