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Rectifying Neuroligin Synthesis Reverses ASD Symptoms in Mice

Source: 
Nature
Date Published: 
November 21, 2012
Abstract: 

Abnormally high production of neuroligins, proteins involved in synapse formation, resulted in ASD symptoms in mice. Researchers reversed ASD symptoms by reducing neuroligin synthesis.

Sensory Integration Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review

Source: 
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Date Published: 
November 20, 2012
Abstract: 

Sensory integration therapy is a popular ASD intervention, but this systematic review suggests scientific evidence does not support its use.

Diagnosing Autism in Neurobiological Research Studies

Source: 
Behavioural Brain Research
Date Published: 
November 12, 2012
Abstract: 

This review by Catherine Lord and Rebecca Jones looks at common tools and best practices for ASD diagnosis in research settings.

For the First Time Online, Find Autism Research by Topic

Date Published: 
November 19, 2012
Abstract: 

Now visitors to the ASF website can find autism research by topic at autismsciencefoundation.org/autism-science/research-by-topic . The nonprofit has organized an extensive library of autism research studies into over 60 different categories from animal models to wandering.

(November 19, 2012—New York, NY)--The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, now allows visitors to its website to find autism research by topic at autismsciencefoundation.org/autism-science/research-by-topic. The nonprofit has organized an extensive library of autism research studies dating back to 2008 into over 64 different categories from animal models to wandering.

"Parents and students have been asking for this for a long time” said ASF President Alison Singer. It’s how we, as stakeholders, think about research; not by publication date or publication title or author, but by topic.”

“Several interns slaved away at this for months,” said ASF Media Director Dawn Crawford. “It was a tremendous amount of work but now we have something really useful that I hope will be a great resource for the autism stakeholder community. Our thanks to all the staff and interns who contributed to this project.”

The Autism Science Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation visit www.autismsciencefoundation.org

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Contact Info:    
Tara Connolly
Autism Science Foundation
tconnolly@autismsciencefoundation.org
 

Multiplex Targeted Sequencing Identifies Recurrently Mutated Genes in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
Science
Date Published: 
November 15, 2012
Abstract: 

De novo mutations in six genes may contribute to 1% of simplex ASD cases.

Prevalence and Correlates of Autism in a State Psychiatric Hospital

Source: 
Autism
Date Published: 
November 15, 2012
Abstract: 

This study estimated the ASD prevalence in a psychiatric hospital and evaluated the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) combined with other information for differential diagnosis. Undiagnosed ASD may be common in psychiatric hospitals. The SRS, combined with other information, may discriminate well between ASD and other disorders.

Newborn Blood May Reveal Early Immune Signs of Autism

Exploratory Study Examines Infections, Pregnancy, Autism Risks

Source: 
USA Today
Date Published: 
November 12, 2012
Abstract: 

Study examines potential links between maternal infections during pregnancy and autism. The chief of the CDC's Developmental Disabilities Branch says "for now, the standard clinical recommendations for treating pregnant women suffering from fever or flu should not change as a result of [these] new preliminary findings."

New Supplement in Pediatrics: Improving Health Care for Children and Youth With Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Source: 
Pediatrics
Date Published: 
November 1, 2012
Abstract: 

Access full articles on interventions, sleep and GI problems, health care coverage and more.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Participation Among College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
November 1, 2012
Abstract: 

Findings suggest that students with an ASD had the highest STEM participation rates although their college enrollment rate was the third lowest among 11 disability categories and students in the general population. Educational policy implications are discussed.