Autism News

In Autism, Immune Cells Fight Germs at Only 1/3 Normal Capacity

May 11th, 2014
In Autism, Immune Cells Fight Germs at Only 1/3 Normal Capacity In children with autism, certain immune cells known as granulocytes have only one-third the capacity to fight infection and protect the body from ...

Dog Ownership Can Benefit Children with Autism

May 3rd, 2014
Dog Ownership Can Benefit Children with AutismMost children with autism tend to bond strongly with dogs, according to new research at the University of Missouri. "Children with autism spectrum disorders often struggle with interacting with ...

Risk of Autism Goes Up With Older Parents (Especially Moms)

April 23rd, 2014
Risk of Child Autism Goes Up With Older Parents (Especially Mothers) Swedish researchers have created a new autism model that predicts older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum ...

Biomarkers Enable Screening for Autism at 9 Months

April 17th, 2014
Biomarkers Enable Screening for Autism at 9 Months New research suggests measurement of two biomarkers can help physicians and diagnosticians identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) early in the developmental process. Detection of ASD is often ...

1st Trimester Antidepressant Use Tied to Autism Risk

April 16th, 2014
1st Trimester Antidepressant Use Tied to Autism RiskA new Johns Hopkins study discovers an association between prenatal exposure to antidepressant medications, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and developmental delays (DD) in boys. Researchers from the Bloomberg School ...

Not Just Man’s Best Friend, But For Autistic Kids Too

April 15th, 2014
Not Just Man's Best Friend, But For Autistic Kids TooThe decision to adopt a dog into the family is rarely routine as one must consider expense, time commitment, and overall responsibility. For families of children with ...

Paternal Obesity Raises Child’s Risk for Autism

April 12th, 2014
Paternal Obesity Raises Child's Risk for AutismChildren with obese fathers may be 53 percent more likely to develop autism than children with average size dads, according to a Norwegian study published in the journal Pediatrics. "Previous research ...

New Computer Model Recognizes 21 Distinct Facial Expressions

April 12th, 2014
New Computer Model Recognizes 21 Distinct Facial ExpressionsA new computer model designed by Ohio State University researchers can recognize 21 facial expressions -- even those that are seemingly contradictory, such as “happily disgusted” or ...

Tracking Neural Circuits That Help ID Popular People, Ideas

April 8th, 2014
Tracking Neural Circuits That Help ID Popular People, IdeasAs presented during the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), researchers are using technology to map how the brain recognizes popular people, reacts to ...

Study Shows Autism Begins During Pregnancy

April 7th, 2014
Study Shows Autism Begins During Pregnancy Emerging research presents new evidence that autism begins during pregnancy. Investigators analyzed 25 genes in postmortem brain tissue of children with and without autism. These included genes that serve ...