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Mount Sinai a Lead Site in NIH-Funded Rare Diseases Consortium Studying Autism and Intellectual Disability

10-institution study seeks to pilot new treatment approaches

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UW-Milwaukee Researcher Adds to Evidence Linking Autism to Air Pollutants

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Study by Amy Kalkbrenner and colleagues shows that pollution's impact on autism rates in North Carolina is similar to results of previous pollution autism studies in California.

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Chemical Derived from Broccoli Sprouts Shows Promise in Treating Autism

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Results of a small clinical trial suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts — and best known for claims that it can help prevent certain cancers — may ease classic behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders.

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Study Finds Link Between Neural Stem Cell Overgrowth and Autism-Like Behavior in Mice

A UCLA study shows how, in pregnant mice, inflammation, a first line defense of the immune system, can trigger an excessive division of neural stem cells that can cause “overgrowth” in the offspring’s brain, and, ultimately, autistic behavior.

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Mouse Version of an Autism Spectrum Disorder Improves When Diet Includes a Synthetic Oil

When young mice with the rodent equivalent of a rare autism spectrum disorder, called Rett syndrome, were fed a diet supplemented with the synthetic oil triheptanoin, they lived longer than mice on regular diets. Importantly, their physical and behavioral symptoms were also less severe after being on the diet.

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CHOP Introduces CAR Autism Roadmap™ to Help Families Navigate Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia's Autism Roadmap is a comprehensive, one-stop web site to help families navigate accurate, up-to-date information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The web site provides families customized information based on what they need- whether their child has just been diagnosed, or they’ve hit an obstacle and are looking for new ideas and resources.

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Parent Coaching Early Intervention Program Benefits Young Children with Autism

A parent coaching intervention brings meaningful benefits for preschool-aged children with autism-spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a clinical trial in the October Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Brainwave Test Could Improve Autism Diagnosis and Classification

A new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University suggests that measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying people on the autism spectrum and may help diagnose the condition earlier. The paper was published today in the online edition of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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UNC Researchers Link Gene to Increased Dendritic Spines – a Signpost of Autism

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UNC scientists discover that knocking out the gene NrCAM increases the number of dendritic spines on excitatory pyramidal neurons. Other studies have confirmed that the overabundance of dendritic spines allows for too many synaptic connections – a phenomenon strongly linked to autism.

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Study Examines Potential Link Between Assisted Reproduction and Autism

Over the past five years, several studies have focused on infertility treatment, partly because of the coincidental rise in both the diagnosis of autism and the use of assisted reproduction. A recent study in Infertility and Sterility examined a potential link.

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