Autism News

Things Not to Try for Autism

February 27th, 2015
When a child has communication challenges related to an autism spectrum disorder, parents and educators will often try a variety of remedies -- many of which lack scientific evidence. Often, the interventions or “therapies” may actually do more harm than good. It ...

Growth Hormone Improves Social Impairments From Autism-Linked Disorder

February 20th, 2015
New research has found that a growth hormone can significantly improve the social impairment associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in patients with a related genetic syndrome. The pilot study, conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, focused on the ...

Higher Risk of Birth Defects in Babies of Teen Dads

February 19th, 2015
The babies of teen fathers have surprisingly high levels of DNA mutations, which may help explain why the children of adolescent dads have a higher risk for disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and spina bifida, according to a new study by the ...

Study Finds Saliva Differences in Autistic Kids

February 17th, 2015
New research suggests a spit test may help to diagnose autism in the future. Researchers at Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh have published the first study showing that children with autism spectrum disorder have differences in protein ...

Backup System In Brain Helps Compensate for Developmental Issues

February 13th, 2015
New research suggests our brain can compensate for a variety of neurodevelopmental issues by relying on a system in the brain known as declarative memory. Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center propose that individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, ...

Behavioral Therapy Keeps Autistic Kids from Ingesting Inedible Items

February 10th, 2015
New research shows that intensive behavioral intervention can be effective at eliminating pica in children with autism spectrum disorder. Pica is the repeated ingestion of inedible substances. Researchers say a subset of children with developmental and intellectual disabilities display pica, which can lead to ...

No Link Found Between Autism and Oxytocin-Induced Labor

February 8th, 2015
Early findings reveal good news in the largest-ever study of whether inducing or augmenting labor increases a child’s risk for developing autism -- researchers have found no increased risk associated with the practice, which involves a dose of synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin). The findings of ...

New Strategies May Reduce Autism in High-Risk Kids

February 5th, 2015
A new study finds that parents can use a group of simple approaches to help one-year-olds at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). University of North Carolina researchers from the departments of Allied Health Sciences, Psychiatry and Psychology followed 18 families with a ...

Inability to Control Emotions Linked to Impaired Brain Activity in Autistic Adults

February 1st, 2015
New research has found that when it comes to the ability to regulate emotions, the brain activity in autistic people is significantly different from the brain activity in people without autism. Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine say their ...

Autistic Kids Have Different Brain Activity during Play

January 27th, 2015
A first of its-kind-study shows that brain activation patterns and stress levels in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are significantly different as compared with typically developing children. Researchers from Vanderbilt University examined social play exchanges on multiple levels, revealing associations among brain ...