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Autism aid app developed for children in Ghana

Accra - The HopeSetters autism center in Ghana is trialing a new app designed to help children identified with an autism spectrum disorder. The center is located in the Ghanaian coastal city of Tema.

Connecting fungicides to neurodegenerative diseases

An alarming new study indicates that the newer generation of fungicides could be linked to conditions like autism and various neurodegenerative diseases. The study is based on an animal model.

Singer Shari Rowe 'lights it up blue' for autism awareness

Phoenix - Country Music Artist, Shari Rowe has led the campaign in the U.S. for this year's Autism Awareness Day. The theme for this year was "Light It Up Blue."

Is autism being overlooked in girls?

London - One in 68 children in the U.S. is affected by autism, with boys receiving four times as many diagnoses as girls. Is there a medical difference or are girls being missed out in terms of diagnosis?

De Niro changes course, pulls anti-vaccine film from Tribeca Fest

The Tribeca Film Festival and co-founder Robert De Niro have announced a program change, cancelling a decision to show the anti-MMR vaccine film, 'Vaxxed,' at this year's festival. De Niro said he was the one to schedule the film but has now removed it.

De Niro changes course, pulls anti-vaccine film from Tribeca Fest

The Tribeca Film Festival and co-founder Robert De Niro have announced a program change, cancelling a decision to show the anti-MMR vaccine film, 'Vaxxed,' at this year's festival. De Niro said he was the one to schedule the film but has now removed it.

Researchers claim to have reversed autism

Neuroscientists think it may be possible to reverse the symptoms of one type of genetic associated autism. This is based on pinpointing a missing gene needed for brain development.

CTV meteorologist draws storm over Frankie MacDonald comments Special

Sydney - CTV meteorologist Cindy Day is drawing a storm of protest due to recent Twitter posts concerning Frankie MacDonald, a popular self professed weather man from Sydney, Nova Scotia, who also happens to be autistic.

Can a blood pressure drug help with autism?

New research suggests a common drug, administered to people with high blood pressure, could be effective for people with autism, in addressing some of the behaviors associated with the condition.

Taking an antidepressant while pregnant increases autism chances

Canadian researchers released results of a study on taking antidepressants during pregnancy and it raises concerns. They found woman have a far higher chance of having a child who will be diagnosed as autistic if they take antidepressants while pregnant.

Father wouldn't stop homeopathy on autistic sons, loses custody

Toronto - A father in Ontario lost custody of his two young sons, in part because he refused to stop trying to cure the boys' autism and other illnesses with homeopathy. The boys, aged nine and ten have "severe and profound" autism spectrum disorder.

Lethal autism 'cure' feared spreading to Britain

Police in Britain are investigating that country's first potential case of a parent giving their child bleach as a "cure" for autism.

Autism is being overdiagnosed, says study

On Friday, government researchers in the United States reported that autism may be overdiagnosed in as many as 9 percent of kids.

Autism groups slam GOP debate for claim vaccines cause autism

Simi Valley - After last night's Republican primary debate, autism advocates expressed outrage about candidate claims that vaccines cause autism and the dosing schedule should change.

Inside the civil rights movement for people with disabilities Special

One in six children in the United States will have a developmental delay or disability. Developmental disabilities begin during the developmental period of life, either prior to birth or during infancy.

Study finds autism linked to mother and diabetes during pregancy

A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a link between autism and gestational diabetes. Women who develop diabetes earlier in their pregnancy have a higher chance of birthing a child with autism, the study found.

GPS-equipped clothing can help protect children with autism

A new clothing line that uses embedded global positioning system (GPS) tracking technology is helping parents protect autistic children, who are prone to wandering away from their homes or supervised spaces.

Oxytocin could be the new treatment for autism

The hormone oxytocin may help improve social deficiency-related symptoms of autism, according to research on a mouse model of the disorders.

New genetic link to autism

Scientists have identified a molecular network that includes many genes previously linked to autism spectrum disorders. Narrowing this down, one specific molecular pathway appears responsible.

Study links smog exposure during pregnancy to autism

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health reported Thursday that mothers who were exposed to significant levels of fine particulate pollution in their third trimester of pregnancy doubled the risk of having a child with autism.

Can broccoli extract ease autism symptoms?

An initial study has found improvements in behavior and communication skills among young men treated with sulforaphane. This chemical is a constituent of vegetables like broccoli.

Pilot study for infants with autism

A new trial has found that teaching parents certain therapeutic interactions for babies showing early signs of autism may improve the infants’ future social development.

Altering neurons improves autism in mice

Fixing impaired neurons appears to ease the symptoms of autism in laboratory studies on mice, where mice have the disorder. This is according to a new study published in the journal Neuron.

New autism genetic link revealed

In a new study, researchers determine that heritability outweighs non-genetic risk factors when it comes to the developmental disorder.

Can stem cells be used to treat autism?

Duke University is launching a $41 million stem-cell trial to explore the use of umbilical cord blood cells to treat autism, stroke, cerebral palsy, and related brain disorders.

Autism study at Duke draws skepticism from experts

Durham - A bold, new study led by researchers at Duke University seeks to examine the applicability of umbilical cord stem cells for use in the treatment of autism.

Parents accused of housing 11-year-old autistic child in dog cage

Anaheim - Law enforcement officials in California have been arrested the parents of an 11-year-old autistic boy who officials belive was being kept in a cage.

Service dog industry growing Special

“One out of 64 children is still being diagnosed with autism. Soldiers are still going to war. The need for guide dogs is greater than ever. Standards for the industry are coming in the very near future."~Jason Devito, Founder of Canines 4 Hope

Autism-Hormone link found

Some boys with autism were exposed to elevated levels of testosterone, cortisol, and other hormones while their mothers were pregnant, according to a new report.

Moms Determined: Chicago 'Thinking Mom' and 'Thinkers' featured

Autism activist and Chicago Mom Lisa Goes of the Thinking Moms' Revolution or TMR as well as other 'Thinking' Moms in the group have been featured in the introduction of a new documentary film called 'Moms Determined.'
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Sydney Opera House lit up in blue for World Autism Awareness Day
Sydney Opera House lit up in blue for World Autism Awareness Day