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 […]

Autism Research Review – January 2013

Autism-inducing variant genes discovered A new research funded by The Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) revealed on 14th Jan, 2013 the discovery of 25 CNVs or Copy Number Variations. These are duplicated extra or missing codes of DNA that are seen in few autistic patients. The CNVs are thought to be capable of increasing the […]

Autism in the United Kingdom a Growing Issue

In the United Kingdom it is estimated that nearly 1 out of 100 children today suffers from autism. While the statistics appear lower than in the United States, it still means approximately 100,000 children today living with autism in the U.K. In addition, half a million family members face the direct effect of the condition. […]

Asperger’s Syndrome to be Removed from the Autism Spectrum

In a few months, Asperger’s Syndrome will no longer be an entry in the great big book of diagnoses or as it is more commonly referred to, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition or the DSM-5 for short. Known for decades as the premier location for researching, classifying and diagnoses of […]