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May 4, 2016

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May 4, 2016

May 3, 2016 — Researchers looked at Vocational Rehabilitation, a federally funded employment program for people with disabilities that is administered by each state. They found that adults with autism are ... read more

One-Third of Autistic Children Likely to Wander, Disappear

Apr. 30, 2016 — More than one-third of children with autism spectrum disorders have wandered away from a safe environment within the past 12 months, according to new findings. The findings are from a review of CDC ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — The hormone insulin - usually associated with diabetes -- is involved in the daily activity patterns and cognitive deficits in the fruitfly model of FXS. Results reveal a metabolic pathway that can ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — For some types of autism, gastrointestinal problems may originate from the same genetic changes that lead to the behavioral and social characteristics of the condition, report researchers after ... read more

Apr. 20, 2016 — Researchers have developed a new method to map and track the function of brain circuits affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in boys using brain imaging. The technique will provide clinicians ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — Scientists report a new degree of success in using brain scans to distinguish between adults diagnosed with autism and people without the disorder, an advance that could lead to the development of a ... read more

Study Discovers Link Between Cancer and Autism

Apr. 13, 2016 — Although patients who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder have a higher burden of mutations in cancer-promoting oncogenes, they actually have lower rates of cancer, new research ... read more

Benefits to Using Telehealth With ASD Families

Apr. 12, 2016 — Parents with children on the autism spectrum are able to have a specialist address challenging behavior in these children by interacting over the computer, too -- and at less than half of the cost of ... read more

Understanding Genes Linked to Autism-Relevant Behavior in High-Risk Siblings

Apr. 12, 2016 — Psychology researchers are searching for early markers of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), following a study predicting ASD symptoms from children's behavior in the first year of life. Infants ... read more

Patients With Learning Disabilities Less Likely to Be Diagnosed With Cancer, but Have Higher Rates of Serious Mental Health Issues Compared to General Public

Apr. 12, 2016 — Coronary heart disease and cancer rates among people with learning disabilities are nearly a third lower than the general population, shows new ... read more

Whites Receive More State Funding for Autism Services Than Other Racial/ethnic Groups

Apr. 11, 2016 — Whites with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in California receive more state funding than Hispanics, African Americans, Asians and others, new research has ... read more

Detailed Analysis of Autism-Associated Genes Finds Involvement in Key Pathways, Processes

Apr. 7, 2016 — Key underlying biological processes have been identified that involve some of the hundreds of genes known to contribute to the risk of autism spectrum disorders. Several separate analyses converged ... read more

For Parents of Autistic Children, More Social Support Means Better Health

Apr. 6, 2016 — About one in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their parents consistently report greater stress levels, caregiving burden and depression than parents of ... read more

New Syndrome Named, Causes a Rare Intellectual Disability

Apr. 4, 2016 — Pediatric researchers, using high-speed DNA sequencing tools, have identified a new syndrome that causes intellectual disability. Drawing on knowledge of the causative gene mutation, the ... read more

Fragile X Research

Apr. 1, 2016 — Researchers have new findings on fragile X, an autism-linked genetic disorder. Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is an inherited cause of intellectual disability, especially among boys. It results in a ... read more

Autism Diagnosis Taking Too Long, Experts Say

Apr. 1, 2016 — Children with autism spectrum disorder are still being diagnosed later than they should be, meaning they are not getting access to specialist services early enough, warn medical experts in the ... read more

Infants Born Prematurely May Show Less Interest in Others

Apr. 1, 2016 — Researchers found evidence that babies born prematurely are less interested in other people compared to infants born full-term, when tested at 6 and 12 months of age. The study adds further insight ... read more

US Autism Rate Unchanged in New CDC Report

Mar. 31, 2016 — A new CDC report finds the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder largely unchanged from two years ago, at one in 68 ... read more

New Insights Into the Cause of Neurological Symptoms in Mitochondrial Diseases

Mar. 31, 2016 — Investigators shed light on what may be the root cause of neurological symptoms in patients with mitochondrial diseases by tracing the development of ... read more

'Cancer Gene' Twice as Likely to Be Defective in Children With Autism

Mar. 31, 2016 — A gene whose role is to suppress cellular damage from environmental stressors is nearly twice as likely to be defective in children with autism spectrum disorder, researchers report, adding that the ... read more

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