Autism Research: September 5, 2013 week in review

  Virtual reality games to assist academic success for children with autism Studying children with high-functioning autism, researchers lead by Peter Mundy at the UC Davis School of Education are utilizing a virtual game to understand how they overcome social deficits that prevent academic success in others.  The study has 200 participants between 8 and […]

Enzymes responsible for Autistic brain pathways isolated

A number of enzymes (proteins that aid in biological reactions) have been pin-pointed in having a profound effect on the genetic building and neurological pathways associated closely with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The family of proteins, called topoisomerases are predominantly responsible for winding and unwinding DNA during the process of replication, when new cells are […]

Autism Research: August 31st 2013 Week in Review

Audio-visual cue understanding problems diminish in autism adolescence An extremely hopeful new result was published by Dr. John Foxe and his team from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The study by the team showed that children on the ASD with high-functioning autism seem to overcome their social communication dysfunction. At a […]

Are ADHD and Autism related? Scientists find more similarities

Children with ADHD were more likely to exhibit stronger traits which include socialisation and interpersonal skills with their peers, understanding and thought process, facial recognition and behavioural difficulties. The research conducted by Joseph Bierdman MD of director the Pediatric psychopharmacology unit of the Massachusetts General Hospital,  was published in the September issue Pediatrics journal. The […]

Did the New York Times get it wrong in linking Autism and Cancer genes?

Research into two unrelated genetic mutations in cells have shown a link between a specific cancer gene and Autism, say the New York Times. This is based on research conducted by the University of Washington into mutates cancer gene, called PTEN. Around 10% of people with the mutation, which causes cancers of the breast, colon, thyroid […]

Autism Research: August 23rd Week in review

Spanish to help detect autism in Latino kids A study published in the Pediatrics has found that only 1 out of 10 pediatricians were performing the recommended screening for developmental delay in Spanish due to which Latino children were being diagnosed with autism lesser and much later than other children. The study investigated a pediatrician […]

Autistic children better at maths according to new study

A small-scale study published in the Journal of Biological Psychiatry suggests that children with High Functioning ASDs,  are more proficient than their peers at Mathematics. Research conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, looked at the brain scans of 36 children between the ages of 7 and 12 whilst they were sitting a series […]

Revolutionary gene therapy could reverse symptoms of Retts Syndrome

Research into Retts Syndrome, one of the most debilitating of the Autism Spectrum Disorders, has proved to reverse the symptoms in a recent study conducted on mice. Rett Syndrome strikes little girls almost exclusively, with first symptoms usually appearing before the age of 18 months.  These children lose speech, motor control and functional hand use, […]

Mobile Lab Brings Research Studies to Schools

A grant from the Health Resource and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development has funded a new mobile laboratory for the Shriver Center, a division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School that develops research, education, and service programs aimed […]