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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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Mike Rossi

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.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 4 comments

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
Digital Journal Report by Kelly Jadon - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.'

Study links dog ownership to autism benefits

A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing has strengthened the notion that dog ownership can be beneficial to children on the autism spectrum.
In the Media by Jenna Cyprus - 1 comment

University of Sydney study shows no autism and vaccination link

Sydney - It's a theory that has spread throughout the internet, and alternate media circles. The link between autism, and vaccination has gained steam, but a new study has dispelled the link between vaccinations and autism.
In the Media by Ben Morris - 31 comments

Study: Heredity, environment equal factors in autism

Most autism studies have pointed to inherited factors as a leading cause of the disorder, while a few have looked to environmental factors as a contributing cause. Now, a massive new study concludes that both, in roughly equal parts, may be responsible.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 1 comment

Restaurant Chili's cancels fundraiser for families affected by autism

Chili’s, a popular U.S. restaurant chain, has cancelled their fundraiser for a national autism group. Chili’s had previously announced that they would be donating 10 percent of customers’ checks to the National Autism Association.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

Donald Trump stirs autism-vaccination debate in public once more

Real estate mogul and Celebrity Apprentice host Donald Trump once again stirred the autism-vaccination debate, this time on Twitter, by sharing his belief that autism is due to high vaccination dosage. In 2012, he maintained the same view on Fox News.

Thinking Moms’ Revolution: Autism Month Team TMR Announcement

Autism month in the United States starts with the announcement of the formation of Team TMR, a not-for-profit 501c3 organization created by the founders of the Thinking Moms’ Revolution. TMR is a group of 23 moms and one dad.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

New finding about autism (video)

Abnormal cellular layering has been found within the brains of children with autism. This points to inappropriate development prenatally, according to new research.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Autism 'patchwork' begins during pregnancy

Washington - The brains of children with autism contain a built-in patchwork of defects, suggesting that the developmental disorder begins while they are growing in the womb, said a US study.Researchers described their findings in the New England Journal of Medicin...
In the Media by Kerry Sheridan (AFP)

Autism 'patchwork' begins during pregnancy

Washington - The brains of children with autism contain a built-in patchwork of defects, suggesting that the developmental disorder begins while they are growing in the womb, said a US study Wednesday.Researchers described their findings in the New England Journal ...
In the Media by Kerry Sheridan (AFP)

Maryland teen girls admit to torturing autistic boy

Mechanicsville - Two teenage girls from Maryland have admitted to torturing and sexually abusing a boy with autism and filming the horrific crimes on their mobile phones.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 4 comments

Girls with autism have more mutations

Lausanne - New research shows that there are a greater number of genetic mutations among autistic girls, compared to boys. This finding suggests that the female brain can better handle such variations.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Video games offer hope for autistic children

Ashburn - The game over, a beaming Sawyer and Michael, both 10, cheer and give each other a high-five.It is a small but significant reaction that experts say shows how children with autism can benefit from playing some computer games.The Steuart W.
In the Media by Fabienne Faur (AFP)

New target for autism

Using mice and rats with modeled autism, scientists have shown that the rodents responded positively to a drug given to their mothers a day before birth.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

West Virginia man, 28, accused of impregnating autistic girl, 13

Liberty - A West Virginia man has been arrested and accused of impregnating the 13-year-old autistic daughter of a couple who took him into their home and entrusted him to be the girl's mentor.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins

New link between gut bacteria and autism

In a new study, scientists dosed mice modeling autism with a human gut bacterium. The dose reversed some disorder-associated behaviors in the animals.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Single spray of oxytocin helps autism

A new study suggests that a single spray shot of the hormone oxytocin improves brain function in young children with autism.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Autistic boy's bike stolen, but replaced by stranger

Maple Ridge - A stranger donated a brand new bicycle to an autistic boy, 12, who had his own bike stolen outside a local library in British Columbia. Ryan Nicholson heard about Nathan's story, and he decided that he would help out.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 2 comments

Autism may be detectable in baby’s first months of life

A new finding suggests that signs of autism may appear in babies just a few months old. This is shown by how infants respond to adults.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Hereditary link to autism explored

Researchers looking for a hereditary link to autism have devised a process for connecting a suspect gene to its function in autism.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Autism affects men and women differently

A recent study has revealed that autism affects different sections of the brain depending on the patient's gender, says researchers.
In the Media by Amanda Byas - 2 comments

Spain's loss is Harvard's gain as scientist is offered position

After working for 18 months without pay at Jaén University in Andalucía, Spain, a Spanish researcher has landed a job at Harvard's prestigious medical school.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

Study suggests addictive gaming more common with autism and ADHD

A new study published this week suggests boys with an autism spectrum disorder are more likely to have an increased risk of a gaming addiction. Researchers indicate more study is needed.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 4 comments

Is autism linked to gut bacteria?

Phoenix - New research suggests that the bacteria that reside in the human gut influence children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is related to stomach conditions in children who go onto show signs of autism.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 6 comments

Autism risk closely linked to air pollution, recent study finds

Exposure to air pollution while pregnant may increase woman's risk that her unborn child eventually develops autism. Pollutants like diesel particulates, lead, manganese, mercury, and methylene chloride has been shown to affect a developing baby's brain.
In the Media by Eko Armunanto
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