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, […]

Online Program Offers Affordable Therapy for Autism

It is a known fact that children with autism suffer from sensory dysfunction. Sensory issues can range from mild to severe, and can manifest in many different ways. Occupational therapists trained in sensory integration can help, but their services are expensive, and may not always be covered by insurance. Mendability is an online program developed […]

New Technology Analyzes Babies’ Cries – Could Detect Autism

An innovative team of researchers from Brown University and the Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has invented a computer-based tool to analyze the cries of babies. This team from the United States hopes their creation will provide a new way to identify heath problems in infants, such as neurological problems, developmental disorders, and […]

July 15 2013 Week In Review: Latest Research into Autism

Extra Cerebrospinal fluid potential predictor for autism, study reveals. Nature published a new study that recorded infantile brain size over about 2 years. The study revealed that children who went on to being diagnosed with an ASD had extra cerebrospinal fluid and larger head sizes in infancy. The study conducted at the UC Davis MIND […]

Studies Explore Lack of Eye Contact in Autism

A study at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York sheds new light on why people with autism tend to avoid making eye contact. Lack of eye contact was thought to be a social deficit, but it could instead be the result of brain differences in processing visual stimuli. The study included 22 […]

Study Finds Human Voices Irritating to People with Autism

A recent study published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the brains of children with autism show a disconnect between the region that processes human voices and the reward center of the brain.  This means that the sound of a human voice does not trigger pleasure for individuals with autism, […]

Autism Research Review – May 2013

Brain cells created in lab. New hope for autism. A path breaking research was published in the journal Cell Stem Cell on 2nd May jointly by the Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research & Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. A team of scientists led by Stewart Anderson & Lorenz Studer produced interneurons in a laboratory simulating […]

Autism Research Review – March 2013

Android robots teach autistic children A team of mechanical engineers from Vanderbilt University and ASD experts  have come together to build a robotic system armed with numerous sensors, mikes, cameras and computers called NAO ( read: now). It’s aimed at teaching children develop a classical social skill which is deficient in autistic children, joint attention. […]

Autism Research Review: December, 2012

Emotional transition necessary in autism, research reveals On the 3rd of this month, a research team lead by Mikle South from Brigham Young University revealed that children with autism struggle with the baggage of old fears that they cannot let go. The rigid old fears are linked with the repetitive motions and aversion to change […]

Press Release – Miniature brains made from patient skin cells reveal insights into autism

Understanding diseases like autism and schizophrenia that affect development of the brain has been challenging due to both the complexity of the diseases and the difficulty of studying developmental processes in human tissues. In a study published July 16 in Cell, researchers have made steps toward overcoming these challenges by converting skin cells from autism […]