Infants

Newborn Blood May Reveal Early Immune Signs of Autism

Autism Developmental Delay Begins After 6 Months of Age

Source: 
Psych Central
Date Published: 
October 31, 2012
Abstract: 

A large, prospective study found that children with and without ASD were developmentally similar at 6 months based on clinical tests. Lead author Dr. Rebecca Landa reported, “for those children who went on to develop autism, the earliest signs of atypical development were non-specific to autism, such as general communication or motor delay.”

Early Behavioral Intervention is Associated with Normalized Brain Activity in Young Children with Autism

Source: 
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Date Published: 
August 31, 2012
Abstract: 

This randomized trial associated ESDM with normalized brain activity and behavioral improvements in young children with ASD.

Supplemental Material Blood-Based Gene Expression Signatures of Infants and Toddlers With Autism

Source: 
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Date Published: 
September 2012
Abstract: 

Dr. Eric Courchesne recently published his work he previewed at this year's IMFAR in the "Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry."

The mRNA expression abnormalities reliably observed in peripheral blood mononuclear cells, which are safely and easily assayed in infants, offer the first potential peripheral blood–based, early biomarker panel of risk for autism in infants and toddlers. Future work should verify these biomarkers and evaluate whether they may also serve as indirect indices of deviant molecular neural mechanisms in autism.