Autism News

Brain Inflammation Appears to Be Common in Autism

December 11th, 2014
In the brains of people with autism, microglial cells (a type of support cell) appear to be constantly activated, with genes for inflammation responses perpetually turned on, according to a new collaborative study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and ...

Mice Study Suggests Cancer Drug May Combat Fragile X Autism

December 1st, 2014
New research suggests people affected by a common inherited form of autism may be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer. The most common genetic cause of autism spectrum disorders is Fragile X Syndrome, a condition that ...

People with Autism See Faces Differently

November 27th, 2014
New research suggests the way people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gather information could explain why they gain different perceptions from peoples' faces. Investigators from the University of Montreal, however, say this difference in gathering of information is different from the judgment process ...

Adults With Autism Find It Hard to Recognize Facial Clues

November 17th, 2014
A new study finds that adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often struggle when they need to use facial clues to help perform a task. Investigators from Brunel University London, found that while adults with ASD are able to recognize static faces, they ...

Autism Underreported in Minorities

November 7th, 2014
A new study suggests autistic black and Hispanic children are not being identified in national counts. Jason Travers, an assistant professor of special education at the University of Kansas co-authored a study that analyzed administrative identification of autism in every state for ...

Group Classes for Parents Teach Home Therapy for Autistic Kids

October 30th, 2014
Use of a group setting to train parents on autistic therapy appears to be a beneficial method to improve language skills in their autistic children. Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford found that parents can ...

Child-Directed Play Blends Autistic Kids into Group

October 28th, 2014
Finding a setting that allows autistic kids to socialize with more normally developing peers is often a Catch-22 for parents. For while autistic youth need significant practice to develop social skills, deficits in this skill set often make play, and associating with similar age ...

Early Intervention Focuses on Sibs of Autistic Kids

October 18th, 2014
Approximately 20 percent of younger siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will develop the disorder by age three. Of these, 57 percent may show symptoms at 18 months, according to a new study by the Yale School of Medicine. “While the majority of ...

Seeing ADHD On A Spectrum, Not A Disease Category

October 16th, 2014
A new study suggests that there is a natural spectrum of attention function in the general population, with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at one extreme. Accordingly, a genetic analysis may be able to predict children who will be a high risk for ADHD. If ...

Study Finds Chemical in Broccoli Sprouts Eases Autism Symptoms

October 14th, 2014
A small clinical trial provides tantalizing evidence that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts may mitigate behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studied 40 teenage boys ...