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Autism, ADHD in One Child Tied to Raised Risk in Siblings

Posted 10 Dec 2018 by

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 – Autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are so closely linked that they not only run in families, but each increases the risk of the other in future siblings, a new study finds. Younger siblings of children with autism have a 30-fold increased relative risk they'll be diagnosed with autism themselves. They're also nearly four times as likely to be ...

Another Tally Puts Autism Cases at 1 in 40

Posted 3 Dec 2018 by

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 – Yet another study reveals that autism is far more common than once thought, with nearly 3 percent of American children diagnosed with the disorder. A federal study published last week reported that one in 40 children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and a second study that was published online Dec. 3 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics arrived at the same conclusion. ...

Prolonged Brain Connections Seen in Adults With Autism

Posted 29 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 – Connections between different areas of the brain are sustained longer than usual in people with autism, perhaps explaining some of their symptoms, a new study suggests. It's possible these prolonged connections make it difficult for the brain to switch from one activity to another, the researchers said. "People with autism do not like unexpected stimuli, and it may be ...

U.S. Autism Rate Rises to 1 in 40 Children: Report

Posted 26 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 – A new government study finds that roughly 1 in 40 American children has autism, a huge jump from the previous estimate of 1 in every 59 children. The survey asked parents of more than 43,000 children between the ages of 3 and 17 whether or not their children had ever been diagnosed with autism or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and whether the child in question still ...

Music Therapy Helps Kids With Autism Connect to Others

Posted 23 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 23, 2018 – When a child with autism can play the piano or sing a song, their brains may benefit, new research suggests. Music therapy increased connectivity in key brain networks, according to the researchers. Not only that, the sessions improved social communication skills and quality of life for the patient's family. "The universal appeal of music makes it globally applicable and ...

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 ...

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