Autism linked to salt in the nerves at birth

Scientists at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research have found a tentative link between salt levels in neurons during birth and autism. The full article which appeared in The Independent on January 11, cites the research conducted by Dr Yehzeckel Ben-Ami and his team. They looked at the relationship between the love […]

Scientists isolate cell type in brain most affected by autism gene mutations

Leading cell biologists in UC San Francisco have identified a specific cell type in a particular part of the brain at a cruicial time in brain development can be a factor in autism development. The research published in the Cell journal on November 21 marks a significant turning point in autism research, especially that of […]

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 […]

Brain scans used to aid autism diagnosis

New research has been published which suggests that brain scans may be commonly used in the future to aid with autism diagnosis. Experts argue that the earlier the diagnosis, the better chance of using socialisation and integration techniques in early intervention therapies. The study, published in the journal of Frontiers and development of human neuroscience […]

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, […]