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

Posted 1 day 13 hours ago by Drugs.com

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 2 days 13 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- 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 Trial Drug For Autism, Balovaptan, Drug Being Clinically Tested in U.S.-Wide Trial

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

MRI Sheds New Light on Brain Networks Tied to Autism

Posted 28 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – New research suggests that a special MRI technique can spot abnormal connections in the brains of preschoolers with autism. The discovery "may be a clue for future diagnosis and even for therapeutic intervention in preschool children with [autism]," study co-author Dr. Lin Ma, a radiologist at Chinese PLA General Hospital in Beijing, explained in a news release from the ...

Anti-Vaccine Movement Affecting Kids With Autism

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – Vaccine skeptics appear to be swaying many parents of children with autism to forgo critical childhood vaccines, a new study suggests. And the hesitation to fully immunize includes the children's younger siblings, the researchers added. This means that "children with autism spectrum disorder, and their siblings, may be at greater risk of vaccine-preventable diseases," ...

Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Waist Size Tied to Autism Risk

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – The pre-pregnancy width of a woman's waist – but not whether or not she is actually obese – may be tied to autism risk in her children, new research suggests. What's behind the association remains unclear, the researchers said. But it could lie in the fat-induced activity of inflammatory chemicals known as cytokines, which are "known to be involved in the development ...

Facebook May Be 'Safe' Social Space for Adults With Autism

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – Moderate use of Facebook may help make adults with autism happier, a new study suggests. Researchers found that happiness among adults with autism increased with Facebook use, but only up to a certain point. The researchers also said their results can't be generalized to overall use of social media, because the use of Twitter did not boost happiness. The study was led by ...

Empathy May Reside in Your DNA

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Your ability to "feel" the emotions of others lies partly in your genes, new research suggests. The British study, of nearly 47,000 adults, found that genes seemed to explain 10 percent of the variance in empathy from one person to another. And some of those genes are also associated with the risks of autism, schizophrenia and anorexia. "We've known for a few decades ...

Therapy Helps Those With Autism Navigate Adulthood

Posted 13 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 – For young people with autism, the leap to adulthood can feel like jumping off a cliff, but researchers may be zeroing in on a safety net. In a small study, young adults who had one of two psychotherapies were better able to deal with the thinking, flexibility and social awareness challenges of autism. They were also more employable as a result, because those issues can ...

Autism, Bipolar and Schizophrenia Share Genetic Similarities

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – By examining brain tissue, researchers say they've found similarities in certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia. Specifically, some similar patterns of gene expression were found in people with autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the researchers say. Gene expression refers to cells' conversion of genetic instructions into proteins. "These ...

As CHIP Money Runs Out, Millions of U.S. Kids May Lose Health Care

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – Time is running out for millions of American kids covered by the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Stopgap funding for the federal program for these kids will expire Jan. 19. Soon thereafter, states will begin to cut kids' coverage as the money runs dry, experts say. Nearly 1.7 million children on CHIP in 20 states could lose coverage by the end of February, ...

Exercise Boosts Kids' Brain Health, Too

Posted 5 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 – A lack of exercise puts kids at risk for very adult problems, like obesity and diabetes. Now there's also research that links exercise to their cognitive development and achievement in school. Turns out that physical activity gives the young brain needed boosts, according to a study published in Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development. Active children ...

Prenatal Vitamins Tied to Lower Autism Risk in Kids, Study Finds

Posted 4 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 – Taking folic acid and multivitamins during pregnancy could reduce your child's risk of autism, a new study suggests. Kids were less likely to be diagnosed with autism if their moms took supplements before pregnancy and while they were expecting, according to a study of just over 45,000 Israeli children. "Reduced risk of [autism] in offspring is a consideration for ...

U.S. Autism Rates May Be Stabilizing

Posted 2 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 – Autism rates are much higher than originally thought but may have stabilized in recent years, a new study suggests. An estimated 2.41 percent of children in the United States have autism spectrum disorder, according to a new analysis of data from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). The most recent previous estimate put autism rates at 1.47 percent in 2010, ...

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