Autism Research: Jan 30, 2015 Week in Review

Largest autism study finds siblings don’t share most autism genes The largest-ever study conducted on the autism genome came up with some shocking results this week. The study led by Dr. Stephen Scherer of Autism Speaks found that siblings with autism did not share most of the autism-linked genes. The study comes as a huge […]

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 […]

Autism Research: September 21, 2013 week in review

 Hyperbaric oxygen therapy centre for autism given red signal by FDA In a report released on 22.8.2013, the Food and Drug Administraion of USA has given the thumbs down to a hyperbaric oxygen therapy centre for treating people diagnosed with autism. In a bid to increase awareness of futility of numerous alternative therapies in the […]

Autism Research: September 14, 2013 week in review

Intellectual disability in autism not inherited but may pile-up newer mutated genes A new, yet unpublished research, presented at the Broad Institute Symposium on the Emerging Genetics and Neurobiology of Severe Mental Illness in Cambridge, has found that rare de novo (spontaneous) mutations tend to pile up in children with autism compared to controls. The […]

July 24 2013 Week In Review: Latest Research into Autism

Oxytocin of no benefit in autism therapy A new contradictory study in the prestigious Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders has discovered that oxytocin hormone did not show any extra benefit over placebo in improving autism symptoms.The study found that oxytocin nasal sprays did not improve social skills, emotion recognition, behavioural adjustment or repetitive behaviours […]

Music of the genome hits a discord with autism

The below article originally appeared on The Conversation website. By Jeffrey Craig, Anthony Hannan and Yuk Jing Loke. We still do not know what causes autism, but insights from the burgeoning field of epigenetics are helping to reveal the subtle factors that can contribute to the disorder. Autism spectrum disorder (autism for short) is a term […]

The Horse Boy Method Increases Cognitive Processing of Autistic Children

As the number of people diagnosed with autism increases (1 out of 88 children in 2008 compared to 1 out of 110 children in 2006 as stated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention), it becomes increasingly important to find methods to help autistic people experience the world in meaningful ways. Autism can cause […]

Latest Autism Research: August 17 2013 Week in Review

Link found between 5 major psychiatric disorders Kenneth Kendler, M.D, and his team have found substantial overlap between the congenital risk factors producing 5 of the most common psychiatric disorders, namely, depression, autism, ADHD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The study published in Nature Genetics’ Advance Online journal builds on other research published earlier in The […]

Oxytocin, the love hormone, can ease autism symptoms claim US Researchers

US researchers have found that using the ‘love’ hormone Oxytocin can help autistic children with socialisation skills. Oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone in the human body, and as well as being present in the onset of labour, also aids the bonding between mother and baby. Use of the hormone for children with autism has […]