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Telehealth for Expanding the Reach of Early Autism Training to Parents

Source: 
Autism Research and Treatment
Date Published: 
December 19, 2012
Abstract: 

Telehealth interventions, the delivery of specialized services through communication technologies, may be a viable option for families of young children with ASD who have limited access to intervention services.

FMRP Targets Distinct mRNA Sequence Elements to Regulate Protein Expression

Source: 
Nature
Date Published: 
December 12, 2012
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Researchers link Fragile X syndrome protein to 93 genes that have been implicated in ASD. Lead investigator says the findings may lead to more detailed genetic tests.

Pediatricians: Keep Thimerosal in Vaccines

Source: 
MedPage Today
Date Published: 
December 17, 2012
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AAP reverses position on thimerosal, saying if it knew in 1999 what it knows now about thimerosol it would NOT have issued the statement calling for thimerosol to be removed from vaccines that resulted in panic.

"Studies looking for harms from thimerosal-containing vaccine failed to find such associations. The consistent lack of evidence of any harm from thimerosal in vaccines formed the basis of the AAP's reversal of its 1999 stance, and Cooper and Katz suggested that the academy would not have issued the original statement with that knowledge in-hand."

Prenatal Versus Postnatal Sex Steroid Hormone Effects on Autistic Traits in Children at 18 to 24 Months of Age

Source: 
Molecular Autism
Date Published: 
December 11, 2012
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Cambridge researchers are investigating the link between pre- and postnatal hormone levels and autistic traits later in life.

Decreased Levels of Adhesion Molecules Involved in Immune Cell Migration Found in Children with ASD

Source: 
Biological Psychiatry
Date Published: 
June 21, 2012
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Researchers at the M.I.N.D Institute found decreased levels of adhesion molecules involved in immune cell migration in children with ASD. Reduced levels were associated with increased repetitive behaviors, abnormal brain growth, and impaired cognition.

Diuretic Drug Offers Latest Hope for Autism Treatment

Source: 
Science Magazine
Date Published: 
December 11, 2012
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A drug used for decades to treat high blood pressure and other conditions has shown promise in a small clinical trial for autism.

A Better Early Blood Test for Autism

Source: 
The Sacramento Bee
Date Published: 
December 5, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers at Boston's Children Hospital claim a new blood test outperforms existing genetic tests for diagnosing ASD.

Can Autism Be Detected in Body Movement? Rutgers Pioneers New Study

Source: 
New Jersey Newsroom
Date Published: 
December 5, 2012
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A new method developed in the Rutgers Sensory Motor Integration Lab may reveal the typicality of a child's development. The technique measures slight fluctuations in body movement and compares them to motion patterns seen in typically developing individuals.

Order your free copy of Nature Outlook: Autism

Source: 
Nature
Abstract: 

Order your free copy of Nature Outlook: Autism. Co-sponsored by ASF, the supplement includes articles on adulthood, treatment, culture, diagnosis and more.