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Large Scale Study Highlights Challenges Faced by Children with ASD in Early School Years

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This research stems from one of the largest studies on young children with ASD as they transition into school. Lead researcher Jan Blacher is available for interviews about parent-student relationships, emotional and behavioral challenges, and parental involvement during this time.

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#Autism, #vaccine experts can comment on Trump's Vaccine Safety Commission and Robert Kennedy Jr. leadership appointment

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Increased Reaction to Stress Linked to Gastrointestinal Issues in Children with Autism

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One in 68 American children lives with autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these children also have significant gastrointestinal issues, but the cause of these symptoms is unknown. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine suggest that the gastrointestinal issues in these individuals with autism may be related to an increased reaction to stress. It’s a finding the researchers hope could lead to better treatment options for these patients.

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Landmark Autism Genetic Study Seeking Participants

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Chicagoland families affected by autism can participate in the nation’s largest study to uncover genetic links to the condition by attending an on-site registration and data collection event in the western suburbs, Saturday, January 14.

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As Children with Autism Age, Services to Help with Transition Needed

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According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 45 children is diagnosed with autism. As these children age, experiences such as leaving school, finding jobs and living alone can be stressful for adolescents with autism as well as their caregivers. Researchers from the University of Missouri have conducted the first study analyzing the perspectives of adolescents with autism to identify challenges as they “age out” of services. The researchers say these findings highlight the need for social workers and providers to assist children with autism as they transition to adulthood.

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New Research Shows summerMAX Program Is Highly Effective for High-Functioning Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD)

Results of a new community-based randomized clinical trial conducted by researchers at the Institute for Autism Research (iar) at Canisius College found summerMAX, a comprehensive psychosocial summer treatment, improved the social performance and ASD symptoms of children with HFASD.

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Mutations in Life’s “Essential Genes” Tied to Autism

Genes known to be essential to life—the ones humans need to survive and thrive in the womb—also play a critical role in the development of autism spectrum disorder, suggests a new study

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Brains of People with Autism Spectrum Disorder Share Similar Molecular Abnormalities

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UCLA scientists provides further evidence that the brains of people with autism, despite different causes, tend to have the same molecular “signature.”

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Babies' First Words Can Be Predicted Based on Visual Attention, IU Study Finds

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Indiana University psychologists have shown that a baby's most likely first words are based upon their visual experience, laying the foundation for a new theory of infant language learning. The study appears in the journal of the Royal Society Philosophical Transactions B.

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Landmark Autism Genetic Study Seeking Participants

Families with a loved one on the autism spectrum now have an opportunity to participate in a landmark study researching the genetics of autism. The national study is the largest autism research project to date.

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Aer Lingus and Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support Announce Visual Guide for Air Travel That Assists Individuals with Autism

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Aer Lingus and the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph’s University have partnered to develop a visual guide that helps individuals with autism and related disorders prepare for and experience air travel.

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GW Researcher Develops Mouse Model for Studying Development of Visual Cortex

Matthew Colonnese, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology and physiology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, published a paper in the Journal of Neuroscience establishing a mouse model for human fetal electrographic development.

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Secret Phenotypes: Disease Devils in Invisible Details

The human eye often falls short in the hunt for faint genetic drivers that raise the risk of devastating neurological diseases such as autism and schizophrenia. But little eludes a microscope optic attached to a computer, and algorythms that can relate previously hidden phenotypes to subtle genetic mutations. The computational screening developed by Georgia Tech researchers has the potential to reveal webs of genetic dangers that produce disease risk by compounding tiny traits that, when take alone, may appear trivial and harmless.

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Vitamin D Supplements May Benefit Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Vitamin D supplementation improved symptoms of autism in a recent trial.

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Study Brings Undiagnosed Adults Living With Autism Out of the Shadows

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For most of his life, Kevin Hughes has felt like an outsider. A loner as a child, the 65-year-old comedian struggled socially as a teenager and lacked friends as an adult, often offending people without knowing why. That changed one night when a physician told him he had autism after one of his comedy shows sending him on a painful three-year journey of self-diagnosis experienced by millions of Americans with ASD

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Allergies During Pregnancy Contribute to Changes in the Brains of Rat Offspring

A new study in rats could begin to explain why allergies during pregnancy are linked to higher risks for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism in children.

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Autism and Human Evolutionary Success

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A subtle change occurred in our evolutionary history 100,000 years ago which allowed people who thought and behaved differently - such as individuals with autism - to be integrated into society, academics from the University of York have concluded.

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Volunteers Needed to Evaluate Sesame Street’s Autism Initiative

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Parents of children with autism under the age of six are invited to participate in a new study designed to evaluate “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children.”

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Scripps Florida Scientists Discover Clues to Altered Brain Wiring in Autism

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Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered that mutations in PTEN affect the assembly of connections between two brain areas important for the processing of social cues: the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with complex cognitive processes such as moderating social behavior, and the amygdala, which plays a role in emotional processing.







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