New research strengthens evidence that certain immune irregularities contribute to autism. The researchers found that mimicking a maternal infection in mice during pregnancy produced offspring with both lasting immune abnormalities and autism-like behaviors.Read more
Archive: July 2012
Taking advantage of the fact that students with autism are good at using technology, including computers and mobile, the city-headquartered Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is developing an e-learning tool for these children.
The tool has loads of animated lessons supported by sounds and music, multimedia characters and colourful presentations, which promise to engage students with autism in the learning lessons.Read more
It may not be the most stylish outfit for a five month old boy, but Ricky Kimber is taking part in a unique experiment that could help stop how autism develops.
The measurements taken from the sensor filled cap will tell scientists how babies learn from seeing other people do things.
It is hoped the study at Durham University will provide a better understanding of how babies learn from a young…Read more
In March the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the newly measured autism prevalences for 8-year-olds in the United States, and headlines roared about a “1 in 88 autism epidemic.” The fear-mongering has led some enterprising folk to latch onto our nation’s growing chemophobia and link the rise in autism to “toxins” or other alleged insults, and some to sell their research, books, and “cures.” On the…Read more
To mothers raising children with special needs, especially those who are single moms like me, it seems to be a superfluous argument at best, and a ridiculous one at worst.Read more
When Selena Barclay took her three sons to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in their small Missouri town last week, her son Logan quickly became upset by the noises and crowds. Feeling agitated and anxious, Logan sought comfort in his mother’s arms and pulled her hands to cover his ears.Read more
Charting Autism’s Neural Circuitry: Deleting Single Gene Results in Autism-Like Behavior and Immunosuppressant Drug Prevents Symptoms
Deleting a single gene in the cerebellum of mice can cause key autistic-like symptoms, researchers have found. They also discovered that rapamycin, a commonly used immunosuppressant drug, prevented these symptoms.Read more
A second study in the same journal finds that anti-depressants during pregnancy may be one important environmental trigger.Read more
Researchers found that kids whose parents or siblings had been diagnosed with schizophrenia were almost three times more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder, including autism and Asperger syndrome.Read more