New Study May Lead to Earlier Autism Diagnosis. Ellice Campbell, examiner.com, March 23, 2013: According to research supported by the National Institutes of Health and funded by the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), at 7 months of age, children who are later diagnosed with autism take a split second longer to shift their gaze during a task measuring eye movements and visual attention than do typically developing infants of the same age.
The Autism Project: In Search of Autism. Tanya Talaga, thestar.com, November 11, 2012: Shenzhen, China—In this industry-driven, slick, modern city, the most ambitious scientific study to date on the genetic causes of autism is underway.
Study Examines Role of Genetics in Autism. Mark Roth, Post-Gazette.com, October 15, 2012: In families that have children with autism, nearly half the risk of getting the brain disorder comes from inheriting an accumulation of common genetic variations from the parents, a new study shows.
Research Shows Links between Children with Autism and Gastro-intestinal Issues. Caley Ramsay, Global News Edmonton, September 6, 2012: Most people think of autism as a mental or behavioural disorder. However, many parents say the condition comes with medical issues, as well.
Brain Scans Detect Signs of Autism in Infants as Young as Six Months. Janice Wood, Psych Central, June 28, 2012: A new study reveals that abnormal brain development may be detected in infants as young as 6 months old, long before they begin showing any symptoms of autism.
Antioxidant Shows Promise as Treatment for Certain Features of Autism, Study Finds. Erin Digitale, Stanford School of Medicine, May 29, 2012: A specific antioxidant supplement may be an effective therapy for some features of autism, according to a pilot trial from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital that involved 31 children with the disorder.
Autism Gender Bias Clue Found. CBC News, April 12, 2012: Autism researchers are a little closer to solving the mystery of why autism is four times more common among males than females.
Obese Women More Likely to Have Children with Autism: Study. Sharon Kirkey, The Gazette, April 10, 2012. Women who are obese during their pregnancies are significantly more likely to have a child with autism than healthy-weight mothers, according to the latest research into the sobering risks of obesity in pregnancy.
What to Make of the New Autism Numbers. Judith Warner, Time:Ideas, April 9, 2012: The latest statistics on autism prevalence are scary: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disorder now affects, with varying degrees of severity, one in 88 children, and one in 54 boys.
Autism may be Linked to Obesity During Pregnancy. CTV.ca, April 9, 2012: A newly released study of the possible links between a mother's condition during pregnancy and the chance her baby will suffer a developmental disorder comes to a provocative conclusion: obese moms may have a greater chance of delivering a baby with autism.
Mutations in 3 Genes Linked to Autism Spectrum DIsorder. Mount Sinai Medical Centre, newswise, April 2, 2012: Mutations in three new genes have been linked to autism, according to new studies including one with investigators at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
X-Chromosome Deletion Identified in Males with Autism. Pam Harrison, November 21, 2011: A novel heritable deletion of exon 2 of the TMLHE (trimethyllysine hydroxylase epsilon) gene on the X chromosome has been identified in a number of males with autism, according to results from a comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) multicenter study.