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Experimental Drug Improves Autism-Like Symptoms in Mice

Experimental Drug Improves Autism-Like Symptoms in Mice

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Researchers have identified a novel compound that improved autism-like behaviors in mice, according to a new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.Scientists from the National Institutes of Men…

New Jersey Autistic Boy Records Teachers’ Alleged Abuse

New Jersey Autistic Boy Records Teachers’ Alleged Abuse

Courtesy Stuart Chaifetz(NEW YORK) — A New Jersey dad who suspected something was “horrifyingly wrong” at school when his autistic son began acting violently, had the boy wear a digital recorder and discovered teachers verbally abusing him. Stuart Cha…

Autism Linked to Family Inherited Gene Mutations

Autism Linked to Family Inherited Gene Mutations

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Joslyn Gray, 38, of Drexel Hill, Pa., resisted her pediatrician’s recommendation that she have her 4-year-old son tested for autism. She didn’t think he fit the classic description.”I didn’t understand what autism …

Scott Brown Donates $35K to Autism Charity for Violating Anti-Super PAC Pledge

Scott Brown Donates $35K to Autism Charity for Violating Anti-Super PAC Pledge

Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Hours after President Obama officially proclaimed Monday World Autism Awareness Day, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown hand-delivered a $35,545 check to the Autism Consortium in Boston.But w…

Autism Rates Rise to 1 in 88, CDC Says

Autism Rates Rise to 1 in 88, CDC Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — One in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, by age 8, according to a study released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a rate that has risen far above t…

MRI Brain Changes Seen in Early Infants with Autism

MRI Brain Changes Seen in Early Infants with Autism

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Autism may be detectable in infants as young as 6 months old, according to a study released Friday in the American Journal of Psychiatry, suggesting the condition has a stronger genetic and biological root.The study,…

Autism Plus Mental Illness Affects Disorder’s Course, Study Says

Autism Plus Mental Illness Affects Disorder’s Course, Study Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Additional mental disorders, such as learning disabilities, speech problems and epilepsy, could help predict which children might grow out of their autism diagnosis as they age, according to a new study.Researchers …

New Autism Definition Could Exclude Many

New Autism Definition Could Exclude Many

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Proposed changes to the definition of autism might make it much harder for a person to be diagnosed with the disorder. The change would likely slow the rapidly increasing rate of autism diagnoses but also spark fears…

Calif. Clinic Brings Free Dental Care to Developmentally Disabled

Calif. Clinic Brings Free Dental Care to Developmentally Disabled

Comstock/Thinkstock(MORENO VALLEY, Calif.) — For most adults, a cavity calls for a quick prick of novocaine and a 20-minute filling. But for 40-year-old Tina Lumbley of Moreno Valley, Calif., the routine procedure was a day-long ordeal.Lumbley has aut…

Infants May Use Lip Reading to Learn Language

Infants May Use Lip Reading to Learn Language

Tooga/The Image Bank(WASHINGTON) — Infants learn language not only through sound, but also through lip reading, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Researchers say the new findings defy the…

School Put Autistic Boy in Bag To "Calm Him Down"

School Put Autistic Boy in Bag To "Calm Him Down"

Ablestock.com/Thinkstock(Harrodsburg, KY) — “God, they do not have my son in that bag …”That’s what Sandra Baker, of Harrodsburg, Ky., said she thought when she walked down a hall toward a big green bag, with a teach…

Program Helps Selectively Mute Children Overcome Anxieties

Program Helps Selectively Mute Children Overcome Anxieties

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At home, Jake Semmel acts like a happy-go-lucky 6-year-old who loves Star Wars and fire trucks. At home, Maya Walker, 7, is a chatterbox.But in public, Jake will only speak to a select few adults in his life and ca…

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