Autism News

Autistic Kids 4 Times More Likely to Suffer GI Problems

August 16th, 2014
A new study analysis confirms what many parents of autistic children have been already known: children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are four times more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and three times more likely to experience constipation and diarrhea ...

Autistic Adults at Higher Risk of Sexual Victimization

August 15th, 2014
A new study has found that adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimization, due to a lack of sex education. “Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gain more of their sexual knowledge from external sources such as the Internet ...

Babies’ Inability to Make Eye-Contact/Smile Used to Trigger Autistic Interventions

July 25th, 2014
Emerging research from the University of Miami suggests babies at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be identified before year one. Early detection of a high risk child could allow interventions to mitigate autistic behaviors. In the study, researchers studied babies at ...

Personalized Approach and Computer Tablets Improve Autistic Care

July 21st, 2014
Emerging research shows that the communication skills of minimally verbal children with autism can be greatly improved through personalized interventions that are combined with the use of computer tablets. A three-year study by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers examined different approaches ...

Common Genes Linked to Autism

July 21st, 2014
New research sheds light on autism as scientists discover most of the genetic risk for the disorder comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous mutations. In the largest study of its kind ...

Mother’s Birthplace a Risk Factor for Autism

June 28th, 2014
The place where a woman was born and raised can be a risk factor for autism in her children, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. In the U.S., children of foreign-born women tend to have a higher risk for ...

In Autism, Facial Expression Recognition Tends to Worsen with Age

June 21st, 2014
Recognizing emotional facial expressions, an ability already impaired in many of those with autism, tends to get worse over time, according to new research from Georgetown University. “Our findings suggest that while neurodevelopmental processes and social experience produce improvements in facial emotion recognition abilities ...

Lifetime Care for Autism With Cognitive Deficits Costs Millions

June 10th, 2014
Lifetime Care for Autism With Cognitive Deficits Costs MillionsAutism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that leads to significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania and the ...

Mice Study Links Air Pollution to Autism, Schizophrenia

June 9th, 2014
Mice Study Links Air Pollution to Autism, Schizophrenia A new research describes how the brains of mice are damaged by exposure to air pollution in early life. The brain damage includes the enlargement of a ...

Gene Network Involved in Autism, ADHD, Schizophrenia

June 8th, 2014
Gene Network Involved in Autism, ADHD, SchizophreniaResearchers have discovered several gene networks involved in autism. One was also found to affect some patients with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and schizophrenia -- raising the possibility ...