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Health News - Autism

Children with autism learn new words much like others do, study finds
Autistic children are capable of following someone's eyes as they name an object. (Medical News Today)

Autism and cancer share a remarkable number of risk genes in common
Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for... (Medical News Today)

Origin of synaptic pruning process linked to learning, autism and schizophrenia identified
Research led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center has identified a brain receptor that appears to initiate adolescent synaptic pruning, a process believed necessary for learning, but one that appears to... (Medical News Today)

One-third of autistic children likely to wander, disappear
A review of data on 1,420 children ages 6 to 17 with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) found that more than one-third had wandered away from a safe environment within the past 12 months, according... (Medical News Today)

Children are diagnosed with autism at younger ages since push for universal screening
Researchers say children with autism who were born before the 2007 recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that all children be screened for the disorder at the 18- and 24-month... (Medical News Today)

Study may explain gene's role in major psychiatric disorders
Gene associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, ADHD, and depression linked to brain cell death in mice. (Medical News Today)

GI problems in autism may originate in genes, study suggests
Gene linked to autism lowers serotonin activity in mice, slows movement in gut. (Medical News Today)

Review assesses published research on brain changes associated with autism
A recent review that examined all published studies on anatomical abnormalities in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder found substantial discrepancy throughout the literature... (Medical News Today)

Scientist models Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome in adult stem cells
Studies performed by a Sanford Research scientist using an innovative stem-cell model for a fatal developmental disorder is the focus of a recent study published in Nature Medicine. (Medical News Today)

Autism patients have more cancer gene mutations but lower cancer risk
Despite patients with autism having more cancer-related gene mutations than those without autism, they are less likely to develop the disease, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Brain scan method may help detect autism
Many doctors and scientists think they could improve the diagnosis and understanding of autism spectrum disorders if they had reliable means to identify specific abnormalities in the brain. (Medical News Today)

Improved brain mapping tool 20 times more powerful than previous version
Salk Institute scientists have developed a new reagent to map the brain's complex network of connections that is 20 times more efficient than their previous version. (Medical News Today)

UI researchers find benefits to using telehealth with ASD families
Telemedicine can save families, clinics time and money.Telemedicine - connecting health care providers and patients via computer or smart phone for diagnosis and treatment -- has been making it... (Medical News Today)

Neuronal structures associated with memory sprout in response to novel molecules
Drug candidates protect neurons against damage from substance implicated in Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

Whites receive more state funding for autism services than other racial/ethnic groups in California
UC Davis evaluation also shows autism-related spending increases with age.Whites with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in California receive more state funding than Hispanics, African Americans... (Medical News Today)

Brain responses found to originate from previously unknown source
Discovery will inform further research into hearing disorders and brain training. (Medical News Today)

For parents of autistic children, more social support means better health
About one in 681 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (Medical News Today)

DiGeorge Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Learn about DiGeorge syndrome, also known as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a chromosomal disorder that causes several body systems to develop poorly. (Medical News Today)

Review examines functioning, disability, and health in patients with autism spectrum disorder
A recent review and analysis of the medical literature has helped determine what constitutes the relevant aspects of ability and disability in individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorder. (Medical News Today)

New study adds key piece to autism puzzle
Where do your eyes focus during a conversation? An innovative study by University of Vermont researchers reveals that for children with autism spectrum disorder, the answer depends on how emotional... (Medical News Today)

CDC estimates 1 in 68 school-aged children have autism; no change from previous estimate
Too soon to say whether autism prevalence stabilizing.An estimated 1 in 68 (14. (Medical News Today)

Remote eye gaze tracking as a marker for autism
A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports that eye tracking can differentiate children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from... (Medical News Today)

"Cancer gene" twice as likely to be defective in children with autism
A large study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found that a gene whose role is to suppress cellular damage from environmental stressors is nearly twice as likely to be defective... (Medical News Today)

Fungicides trigger autism-related gene expression changes in mice
Mouse neurons exposed to a new class of fungicides called strobilurins showed gene expression changes similar to those found in people with autism and Alzheimer's in a new study. (Medical News Today)

Study: Autism intervention studies lack diversity
Autism affects children from all walks of life, and education professionals need scientifically based interventions to help those affected develop reading and other life skills. (Medical News Today)

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