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September 4, 2015

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September 4, 2015

Psychologists Develop First Adult Self-Assessment for Repetitive Behaviours in Autism

Aug. 5, 2015 — The first self-assessment test designed to help clinicians diagnose autism in adults has been developed by a team of psychologists. These behaviors include common habits and routines, such as lining ... read more

Aug. 4, 2015 — A new gene that plays a crucial role during early development in humans and whose under-expression may induce certain autistic traits has been uncovered by scientists. Understanding the mechanisms ... read more

Aug. 3, 2015 — Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of physical disability in children. It has historically been considered to be caused by factors such as birth asphyxia, stroke and infections in the developing ... read more

July 31, 2015 — A social skills program for high-functioning young adults with autism spectrum disorder significantly improved the participants' ability to engage with their peers, a new study has ... read more

Autism Costs Estimated to Reach Nearly $500 Billion, Potentially $1 Trillion, by 2025

July 28, 2015 — Health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people with autism spectrum disorder in the United States for the current calendar year and in 10 years if ... read more

Depression, Personality Disorders Drive Psych Patients to Euthanasia

July 27, 2015 — Depression and personality disorders are the most common diagnoses among Belgian psychiatric patients requesting help to die, on the grounds of unbearable suffering, finds new ... read more

Very Early Birth Linked to Introversion, Neuroticism, Risk Aversion in Adulthood

July 27, 2015 — Babies born very premature or severely underweight are at heightened risk of becoming introverted, neurotic, and risk averse as adults, indicates research. Very premature birth at less than 32 weeks ... read more

Experimental Drug Treatment for Rett Syndrome Suggests Disorder Is Reversible, Mouse Study Shows

July 27, 2015 — A strikingly new approach for treating Rett syndrome has been developed by scientists, a devastating autism spectrum disorder. In their report, the researchers demonstrate that treatment with ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Like Duke Ellington's 1931 jazz standard, the human brain improvises while its rhythm section keeps up a steady beat. But when it comes to taking on intellectually challenging tasks, groups of ... read more

Predicting Whether Children With DiGeorge Syndrome Will Develop Autism or Psychosis

July 27, 2015 — New findings are the first to suggest a potential way to predict whether children with DiGeorge syndrome will develop one of two mental impairments. The researchers report having isolated specific ... read more

Premature Birth Linked to Withdrawn Personality

July 24, 2015 — Adults born very premature are more likely to be socially withdrawn and display signs of autism, research shows. The results showed that the adults born very preterm scored highly for displaying a ... read more

Expert Panel Sets Nutrition Guidelines to Manage GI Symptoms in Autism

July 23, 2015 — A new guideline for the nutrition of management gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorders provides a framework for clinicians to navigate frequently seen issues such as ... read more

July 22, 2015 — A brain-chemistry deficit in children with autism may help to explain their social difficulties, according to new findings. The research team found a correlation between low levels of vasopressin, a ... read more

July 22, 2015 — The greater than three-fold increase in autism diagnoses among students in special education programs in the United States between 2000 and 2010 may be due, in large part, to the reclassification of ... read more

Job Services Lacking for Young People With Autism

July 22, 2015 — As autism becomes more prevalent, the need grows for services that help young people with the disorder to find and keep jobs, indicates new research. Some 50,000 people with autism spectrum disorder ... read more

Medical Odyssey of an Undiagnosed Child

July 21, 2015 — For parents of children with ADNP-related autism syndrome, the mystery surrounding their infants' suffering can be even more agonizing than the syndrome itself, which has no known cure. Recent ... read more

A Cause of Mental Retardation, Autism Discovered

July 20, 2015 — The term intellectual disability covers a large number of clinical entities, some with known cause and others of uncertain origin. For example Down syndrome is due to an extra copy of chromosome 21 ... read more

Autism, ADHD Run High in Children of Chemically Intolerant Mothers

July 20, 2015 — Mothers with chemical intolerances are two to three times more likely than other women to have a child with a autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to ... read more

Potential Target Pathway May Pave Way for New Therapeutic Approaches for Fragile X Syndrome, Autism

July 16, 2015 — The protein APP plays a significant role in the development of fragile X syndrome (FXS) at young stages, a new study suggests. Researchers identified an unexpected biological pathway as a promising ... read more

July 16, 2015 — By analyzing blood flow in the brain, a team of researchers was able to observe the interactions between different regions in the brain in real time. Their new imaging technique could help with the ... read more

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