Research finds common traits within families between child prodigies and individuals with autism

A new research study by the Ohio State University has found that child prodigies and individuals with autism, in the same family, share genetic traits. Although the study group was only small, it was found that similar characters such as good memory and attention to detail, were evident. DNA from 12 child prodigies were looked […]

New study finds adults with autism are isolated

St. Louis, MO – A new study has found that adults on the autism spectrum have less friends, are invited out less, with some completely isolated. The study used information from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 that examined rates of social interaction among adults with autism, and compared them to socialization rates of other […]

Research on brain cells finds what may cause sensory issues in individuals with autsm

A recent study that has focused on the way signals are sent to brain cells, have found that the way this information is delivered is abnormally strong in individuals with autism. It was found that in these individuals the  long-range ‘feed-forward’ connections, that carry signals from peripheral nerves to the brain, sent abnormally strong signals, […]

Autism Research: April 25, 2015 Week in Review

More evidence says MMR vaccine-not guilty! In the ongoing debate between risk of autism due to the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella vaccine), yet another research has backed up vaccines. A new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association that included about 95,000 kids who received the MMR vaccine, no increased risk for ASD […]

‘MAR Test’ developed to detect ‘autoantibodies’ in women that allegedly cause autism in children

Sacramento, Calif. — Scientists from the Pediatric Bioscience developed a test to detect the presence of what they call ‘autoantibodies‘ in women which they claim are responsible for at least some of the cases of autism in children. ‘Autoantibodies’ are a type of maternal antibodies which, scientists observed, are responsible for attacking some brain proteins […]

Bisphenol-A processed differently in children with autism – study shows

Stratford, N.J. — A study conducted by researchers from the Rowan University School of Medicine in Stratford (RowanSOM) and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark found that Bisphenol-A (BPA)— a chemical component commonly found in soda cans, water bottles, and some paper products— is processed differently in children on the autism spectrum. According to […]

Hyperprolactinemia and risperidone use in autism

Nearly half of children and young adults with autism in receipt of the antipsychotic risperidone also displayed hyperprolactinemia – elevated levels of the hormone prolactin – according to new research by Yaowaluck Hongkaew and colleagues based in Bangkok, Thailand. Based on an analysis of blood samples taken from nearly 150 participants diagnosed with autism taking […]

Scientist with autism challenges notion that ASD impairs individual’s ability to interpret body language.

Aberdeen, Scotland — A scientist with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) led a study that challenges the most common belief about autism— that the condition impairs an individual’s ability to interpret gestures and body language. Dr. James Cusack, a scientist from the University of Aberdeen, was diagnosed with autism when he was 12 years old, and […]

Biological test for autism may be possible.

Plattsburgh, NY – A new study published in the journal Autism Research shows that children on the autism spectrum have different saliva then children who are not. Conducted at Clarkson University and State University and led by Clarkson University doctoral candidate Armand Gatien Ngounou Wetie the study analyzed saliva from children on, and off, the […]

Tadpole experiment shows drug may cause autism

Providence, RI – Brown University recently published a study in the Journal of Neuroscience that links autism’s cause to the epilepsy drug valporic acid (VPA) taken during pregnancy. “We can use this to identify biological targets that we can potentially manipulate to effect a rescue,” Lead study author and Brown University graduate student Eric James […]