Autism News

Controlled-Release Melatonin, Singly and Combined with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, for Persistent Insomnia in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: a Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial

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J Sleep Res
Date Published: 
December 12, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

This study demonstrates that adding behavioural intervention to melatonin treatment seems to result in a better treatment response, at least in the short term.

Effects of STX209 (Arbaclofen) on Neurobehavioral Function in Children and Adults with Fragile X Syndrome: a Randomized, Controlled, Phase 2 Trial

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Sci Transl Med
Date Published: 
September 19, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

Research on animal models of fragile X syndrome suggests that STX209, a GABA(B) agonist, might improve neuro-behavioral function in affected patients.

Synaptic Dysfunction in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Associated with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.

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Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol
Date Published: 
March 1, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

The human studies unveiled the sensitivity of cognitive function to precise levels of different proteins.

Controversial Study Suggests That An Ear Muscle In Children with Autism Responds to Lower Decibel Sounds Than Typical Controls

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Autism Research and Treatment
Date Published: 
July 3, 2013
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A controversial study suggests that an ear muscle in children with autism responds to sounds that are a few decibels lower compared to typically developing children. Some researchers suggest this could be used as a simple clinical biomarker for autism but some scientists disagree.

Dr. Peter Gerhardt Talks About Employment, Safety and Sex Education in Young Adults with Autism

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July 25, 2013
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Dr. Peter Gerhardt of the McCarton School joined us for a live chat. He answered several questions about employment, safety and sexual education in relation to teenagers and adults with autism.

Is Maternal Influenza or Fever During Pregnancy Associated with Autism or Developmental Delays?

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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
January, 2013
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Though neither ASD nor DD was associated with influenza, both were associated with maternal fever during pregnancy. However, the fever-associated ASD risk was attenuated among mothers who reported taking antipyretic medications but remained elevated for those who did not.

Crossed Eyes and Lazy Eyes Are Common In Children With Autism

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Strabismus
Date Published: 
June 21, 2013
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A small study sampling 52 patients with autism found that eye problems, such as crossed eyes and lazy eyes, are common in children with autism.

Using Fluorescent Proteins, Scientists Find A New Way To Light Up Living Neurons for Research.

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Neuron
Date Published: 
June 19, 2013
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Scientists have found a new way to light up living cells for research. Using fluorescent proteins, scientists can reveal connections between neurons in the brain.

Scientists Launch Large Brain Imaging Scan Database

Source: 
Molecular Psychiatry
Date Published: 
June 18, 2013
Abstract: 

Scientists create an accessible database of more than 1,000 brain scans of people with autism and controls. The database, called the Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE), will help scientists share brain imaging data.

Young Children With Autism Benefit Regardless of High-Quality Treatment Model

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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
June 28, 2013
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A UNC comparative efficacy study that compared the LEAP, TEACCH and Non-Model-Specific Special Education Programs found that young children who receive high-quality early intervention benefit developmentally regardless of the treatment model used.