Children born to mothers with Lupus twice as likely to be Autistic

NEWS IN BREIF – Children born to mothers with a diagnosis of Systemic lupus erythamatosus are almost twice as likely to have autism a recent study has found. The study will be presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting on Wednesday October 30, and may lead to added prenatal care for women suffering […]

Fundraising father takes to sleeping rough to raise money for autism

Carmarthenshire, UK – After his son Jack was diagnosed with autism last month, Tom Nasmyth-Shaw, 29 from Ffos Las in Carmarthenshire, South Wales, decided he wanted to raise money for autism charities. But instead of deciding on a sponsored walk, or a skydive, he decided that he wanted to sleep rough on the streets of London […]

Fears for education of Autistic children in Pembrokeshire, UK

There are fears that some children with suspected Autism are missing out on early intervention and specialist education because they are not being diagnosed early enough. The Hywel Dda health board in Pembrokeshire, Wales, have 340 children on their waiting lists to be assessed, and figures obtained by the BBC that out of the 4,000 […]

Daryl Hannah talks candidly about Autism struggles

The beautiful 52 year old American Actress Daryl Hannah has recently shared with the media her struggle with ASD which caused her to take a step back from acting and the Hollywood lifestyle. (Revised Oct 1, 2013) The star of many eighties movies like Splash, Blade Runner and Wall Street was diagnosed in the late […]

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, […]

Follow-up to Asperger’s Syndrome Removal from DSM-5

Last month the American Psychiatry Association (APA) published the most recently revised edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders which has been commonly referred to as the ‘bible of mental health disorders’. This latest edition revised and revamped its 18 year predecessor including changing the way the ranges of Autism were […]

Documentary Influences a Change in France’s Autisim Policy

A year ago a movie was released known as “Le Mur”, translated means “The Wall”. The movie was a documentary and an in depth study of the treatment of two autistic children utilizing an American model of treatment and a French model of treatment. It was part of an ongoing process to change France’s treatment […]

The Hereditary Link to Autism

Autism is generally a complex developmental disability that causes physical and mental problems within the victim. Studies by scientists and researchers have showed that this condition is the result of a neurological disorder which quite adversely affects the normal brain functioning of an individual and also very deeply and intensely affects the victim’s capability of […]

Asperger’s Syndrome not part of Autism Spectrum Disorder

It is official. Next month’s publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition will not feature Asperger’s Syndrome as one of the ranges of Autism. Actually, Asperger’s, which is usually applied to those with no intellectual disability or language deficit, PDD-NOS and childhood disintegrative disorder will be incorporated into the single […]

Prevalence of Autism Increases 23% in 4 Years

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported in March 2013 that the new estimate of autism prevalence has risen from 1 in 110 in 2009 to 1 in 88 today. A 23% increase from the previous estimate. As expected, the numbers were heavily askew towards boys affecting 1 out of 54 as […]