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Stigma of Autism Can Take Toll on Psyche

Posted 1 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 – Social stigma may play a large role in the depression, anxiety and other mental health woes experienced by many people with autism, a small new study indicates. British researchers found that 72 percent of the psychological distress reported in 111 adults with autism was linked to social stigma, including discrimination and rejection. Many people with autism said they're ...

Autism Risk: Mom's Health May Matter More Than Meds

Posted 31 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 – Many pregnant women may wonder if antidepressants – or other drugs acting on the brain's neurotransmitters – might raise their baby's odds of developing autism. Now, reassuring research suggests that's not the case. But a mother's health before and during pregnancy may play a role in autism spectrum disorders, according to researchers from the Icahn School of ...

Kids With Autism, Or Developmental Delays More Likely to Be Overweight by Age 5: Study

Posted 23 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 – Children with autism or developmental delays may be at increased risk for obesity, a new study finds. The study included nearly 2,500 2- to 5-year-olds in the United States. Of those, 668 children had autism spectrum disorder (ASD); 914 had developmental delays; and a control group of 884 children had neither. Compared to the control group, the risk of being overweight ...

Number of Autism Genes Now Tops 100

Posted 17 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 – The number of genes known to be associated with autism now stands at 102, researchers report. They also said that they've made significant progress in distinguishing between genes associated with autism and those associated with intellectual disability and developmental delay, conditions that often overlap with autism. The analysis of more than 37,000 genetic samples ...

Depression Strikes Nearly 1 in 5 Young Adults With Autism: Study

Posted 31 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 – Depression affects almost 20 percent of young adults with autism, new research shows, a rate that's more than triple that seen in the general population. And young adults with autism who were relatively high-functioning – meaning they did not have intellectual disabilities – were actually at higher risk of depression than people with more severe forms of autism, British ...

What You Need to Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 – Autism spectrum disorder – or ASD – is a developmental disability now diagnosed in about one in 37 boys and one in 151 girls in the United States. Researchers are learning more about why differences in the brain develop and result in autism spectrum disorder, which includes autism and Asperger's syndrome. Both environmental factors and genetic risks are being ...

Kids With Autism Learn, Grow With the 'Social Robot'

Posted 22 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 – Robots may hold the keys to social success for kids with autism. That's the takeaway from an experimental home-based therapy in which autonomous "social" robots modeled and encouraged behaviors like maintaining eye contact and paying attention while playing with 12 children with autism spectrum disorder. The kids were between 6 and 12 years of age. For the mother of ...

Research Links Long-Banned Insecticide DDT to Autism

Posted 16 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 – High levels of exposure to the insecticide DDT in women seems to more than double the risk of autism in their children, new research suggests. The study looked for a link between the development of autism and two common environmental chemicals – DDT and PCBs. PCBs are chemicals that were used in many products, especially transformers and electrical equipment. In this ...

Google Glass Helps Kids With Autism Navigate Emotions of Others

Posted 2 Aug 2018 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 ...

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