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Google Glass Helps Kids With Autism Navigate Emotions of Others

Posted 14 days ago by

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 – Donji Cullenbine's young son, Alex, has autism, but when he put on a pair of Google Glass smartglasses they helped him recognize the emotions of others through their facial expressions. "Within two, maybe three weeks, I caught him flicking a glance at me," said Cullenbine. "It was stunning because it was spontaneous. I had nothing to do with it. And then there were more. ...

Brain Scans Yield More Clues to Autism

Posted 17 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 – Children with autism show abnormalities in a deep brain circuit that typically makes socializing enjoyable, a new study finds. Using MRI brain scans, researchers found that kids with autism showed differences in the structure and function of a brain circuit called the mesolimbic reward pathway. That circuit, located deep within the brain, helps you take pleasure in ...

Researchers Probe Part of Brain Where Autism Might Begin

Posted 12 Jul 2018 by

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 – The underpinnings of autism may lie in an unexpected part of the brain, a small study suggests. Scientists conducted brain scans on 20 boys with autism and 18 boys without the neurodevelopmental disorder. The scans showed that boys with autism had a significantly flatter surface on the right side of their cerebellum. That side happens to be involved in language ...

Mom's Diabetes May Be Tied to Baby's Autism Risk: Study

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – Pregnant women who have any form of diabetes may face higher odds that their child could develop autism, a new study suggests. Whether it's type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, which specifically affects pregnant women, having the blood sugar disease might be linked to an increased autism risk, the researchers said. "The risk appears to be highest in type 1, then type ...

Many Young People With Autism Can Become Safe Drivers: Study

Posted 19 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 – Letting any teen behind the wheel of a car is nerve-wracking for parents, but if your teen has autism, you may wonder if driving is even possible. Well, a new study offers some comfort because it found that kids with autism who aren't intellectually disabled are probably capable of driving a car safely, though they may need more practice time before they get their ...

Allergies More Common in Kids With Autism

Posted 8 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 – Children with autism are more likely to also have a food, respiratory or skin allergy, new research suggests. What's not clear from the new study, however, is whether there's a common cause behind these conditions. "More research is needed to determine whether there is a causal relation between allergies and autism, or something else causes both conditions," said senior ...

Baby Teeth Give Clues to Autism's Origins, Detection

Posted 30 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 – A close examination of baby teeth is giving new insight into the roots of autism – and ways to spot it early. The research suggests that the way infants metabolize two nutrients – zinc and copper – may predict who will develop the condition. "We have identified cycles in nutrient metabolism that are apparently critical to healthy neurodevelopment, and are ...

Screening May Miss Signs of Autism, Especially in Girls: Study

Posted 21 May 2018 by

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 – An important checklist used to screen for autism can miss subtle clues in some children, delaying their eventual diagnosis. Researchers found that the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, or M-CHAT, can fail to detect developmental delays that are tell-tale signs of autism in 18-month-olds, according to findings published in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics. ...

Meet Nao, the Robot That Helps Treat Kids With Autism

Posted 9 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 – It may seem counterintuitive, but a robot might help kids with autism interact better with humans. This two-foot-tall robot goes by the name of Nao, and young kids who had therapy that included Nao made more progress on their social skills than those who didn't get to work with the robot, researchers report. "This research using a combination of behavioral therapy plus a ...

What Helps Adults With Autism Get and Keep a Job?

Posted 9 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 – Adults with autism face many challenges, and one of the biggest is finding and keeping a job. More than two-thirds of adults with autism are unemployed or underemployed, and a new survey identifies some of the most significant barriers – and benefits – to work. People with autism reported that "the most important factors in being able to get a job are past work ...

More U.S. Kids Being Diagnosed With Autism

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 – Autism rates continue to climb in the United States. About 1.7 percent of children – one in 59 – are now believed to have autism spectrum disorder, up from an estimated rate of 1.5 percent in 2016, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said Thursday that some of the increase comes from better identification of autism ...

Doctor Who Gave Name to Asperger's Syndrome Worked With Nazis: Report

Posted 19 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 – The Austrian doctor who defined Asperger's syndrome may have collaborated with the Nazis and likely played a role in the deaths of hundreds of mentally disabled children, new research claims. The findings challenge the "narrative" that pediatrician Hans Asperger was an active opponent of the Nazis and their policies, according to Herwig Czech, a historian of medicine ...

Health Tip: Recognize Early Signs of Autism

Posted 18 Apr 2018 by

-- Autism may be detected at an early age by paying attention to your baby's social and language skills, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. But all children who have autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will not have the same symptoms or severity, the academy notes. Still, the academy says parents should monitor for these possible warning signs: A child at 12 months with autism or ...

New Autism Drug Balovaptan Being Tested in U.S.-Wide Trial

Posted 3 Apr 2018 by

A first-of-a-kind autism drug is being tested in a U.S.-wide clinical trial that includes 300 children and teens with high functioning autism. Researchers are assessing if the drug, balovaptan, can help improve social behavior in youngsters with autism. Previous research found that the drug helped adults with autism, CBS News reported. "There are not any approved treatments for what we think of ...

Brain Cell Development Differs in Those With Autism: Study

Posted 31 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 – Neurons in a brain area involved with social and emotional behavior normally increase as children become adults, but this does not occur in people with autism, new research contends. Instead, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have too many neurons in this part of the brain – the amygdala – and lose neurons as they mature, according to researchers at the MIND ...

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