Autism News

Autism Risk May be Linked to Mother’s Depression, Not Medication

August 27th, 2014
The debate continues on whether prenatal antidepressant use increases the risk of autism among children. New research suggests prior findings that show an increased risk of autism after medication use, may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal depression. The new ...

In Autism, Poor ‘Pruning’ of Neurons Leads to Excess Synapses

August 23rd, 2014
Children and teens with autism have a sluggish brain “pruning” process during development compared to healthy kids, according to neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). This slower pruning process results in a surplus of brain synapses -- the points where neurons ...

In Kids, Physical Disabilities Down But Others Are Up — Especially Among Rich

August 19th, 2014
Although physical disabilities have declined among U.S. children, there has been a sharp rise in mental and developmental problems, especially in those from wealthier families, according to a 10-year analysis published in the journal Pediatrics. Children from poor families, however, still bear the ...

Low Levels of Oxytocin Linked to Poor Social Skills

August 18th, 2014
A new study has found that higher levels of the “cuddle” hormone oxytocin are linked to stronger social skills in both healthy children and in children with autism. The research is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It ...

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 ...