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Autism Associated with Multiple Births after Aggressive Fertility Efforts

Autism Tied to Multiple Births After Fertility Treatments

March 23rd, 2015
A new paper reports the incidence of diagnosed autism was twice as high for assisted reproductive technology (ART) as non-ART births in a California study. ART includes a group of complex procedures that are often utilized if a woman does not become pregnant ...
Scientific Examination of Loneliness

Scientific Examination of Loneliness

March 13th, 2015
Emerging research scrutinizes loneliness through a scientific lens as investigators review its causes, consequences, and potential remedies. Experts say that while loneliness is a fundamental part of the human condition, the topic has been under investigated. Now, a series of articles explores the ...
Genetic Link Found Between Autism & Higher Intelligence

Genetic Link Found Between Autism & Higher Intelligence

March 11th, 2015
New research suggests genes linked with a greater risk of developing autism may also be associated with higher intelligence. In the study, researchers at the University of Edinburgh found evidence linking genetic factors associated with autism to better cognitive ability in people who ...
Trusting People Show Distinctive Brain Development

Trusting People Show Distinctive Brain Development

March 9th, 2015
New research shows that trusting people have two areas of the brain that are more enlarged than people who are not as trusting. University of Georgia researchers believe the research may have implications for future treatments of psychological conditions such as autism. Each autism ...
Things Not to Try for Autism

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

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

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

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

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 ...