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Ten Autism Studies Everyone Should Know About

Ten Autism Studies Everyone Should Know About | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

 Have you learned something new about autism this month? If so, what was it, and do you think it will change the way you relate to those on the spectrum who may be in your extended family, your school, or your community?

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Autism’s Invisible Victims: The Siblings | TIME.com

Autism’s Invisible Victims: The Siblings | TIME.com | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

It is a virtual epidemic. One in 88 American children is diagnosed with autism-spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet for all this concern, one large affected group is being routinely overlooked: the siblings.
 

 

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American Friends of Tel Aviv University: Are Schizophrenia and Autism Close Relations?

American Friends of Tel Aviv University: Are Schizophrenia and Autism Close Relations? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

New research by Dr. Mark Weiser of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Sheba Medical Center has revealed that Autism Spectrum Disorder appears share a root cause with other mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

 

Studying extensive databases in Israel and Sweden, the researchers discovered that the two illnesses had a genetic link, representing a heightened risk within families. They found that people who have a schizophrenic sibling are 12 times more likely to have autism than those with no schizophrenia in the family. The presence of bipolar disorder in a sibling showed a similar pattern of association, but to a lesser degree.

 

A scientific leap forward, this study sheds new light on the genetics of these disorders. The results will help scientists better understand the genetics of mental illness, says Dr. Weiser, and may prove to be a fruitful direction for future research. The findings have been published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

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Autism Talk: Coming to Terms

Autism Talk: Coming to Terms | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
There are many people with strong feelings about what to call someone who has been diagnosed with autism. Are they autistic? Or do they have autism?
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» Researchers Identify Red Flag for Autism in Infants - Psych Central News

» Researchers Identify Red Flag for Autism in Infants   - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A new study has found that weak head and neck control in infants is a red flag for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as language and social developmental delays. This suggests new measures that can be added to existing pediatric developmental screenings.

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Autism and Disappearing Bees: A Common Denominator?

Autism and Disappearing Bees: A Common Denominator? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

In addition to genetic risk factors, the list of autism’s environmental suspects is long and comes from many studies that show higher rates of autism with greater exposure to flame retardants, plasticizers like BPA, and many other chemicals, among them pesticides. The brain of insects is the intended target of pesticides. In bees, homing behavior is disrupted, along with their ability to return to the hive, kind of like “bee autism.” Human and insect nerve cells share the same basic biologic infrastructure. During critical first trimester development a human is no bigger than an insect.  A recent study showed that every human tested had detectable levels of the world’s best selling pesticide in their urine at concentrations between five and twenty times the level considered safe for drinking water.

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Eye-tracking reveals variability in successful social strategies for children with autism

Eye-tracking reveals variability in successful social strategies for children with autism | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
In a study published in the March 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Katherine Rice and colleagues used eye-tracking technology to measure the relationship between cognitive and social disability...

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Violent Crime Doesn’t Fit in the Autism Puzzle

Violent Crime Doesn’t Fit in the Autism Puzzle | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
As investigators begin to piece together a profile of Connecticut school massacre gunman Adam Lanza, much is being speculated about his possible Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis.

 

But to suggest a tie between autism and violent, sociopathic tendencies is to undermine the large body of research and progress that’s been made in understanding the disorder, says autism expert and Executive Director of the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph’s University Michelle Rowe, Ph.D.

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We like to reduce and simplify: but a wide range of influences makes us who we are. If Lanza had Asperger's/autism, it is only one of many factors in his individual case. 

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Early treatment sparks striking brain changes in autism

Early treatment sparks striking brain changes in autism | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

When given early treatment, children with autism spectrum disorders made significant improvements in behavior, communication, and most strikingly, brain function, researchers report..

(Caution required because the results are from two children, but the same researchers have now expanded the study to 60.)

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Immune Disorders and Autism

Immune Disorders and Autism | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Ideally, future doctors will prevent degenerative disease, not just treat symptoms. To do that, they’ll need to correct the postmodern tendency toward immune dysregulation.
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Pets Boost Social Skills in Kids with Autism

Pets Boost Social Skills in Kids with Autism | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Getting a pet may help autistic children improve their social skills, a small study showed.

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So you think autism is nothing to joke about? "Asperger's Are Us" doesn't care

So you think autism is nothing to joke about? "Asperger's Are Us" doesn't care | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Britton, Hanke and the other two members of Asperger's Are Us don't care who thinks they're weird. Or even funny. They think they're hilarious. And if others don't laugh, who's the one with the disability?

"You don't want to rely on academics to tell you whether something is funny," says Simon Baron-Cohen, a leading autism researcher in England and cousin to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. "Ultimately you want to look at the audience response."

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Brain Differences Seen at 6 Months in Infants Who Develop Autism

Brain Differences Seen at 6 Months in Infants Who Develop Autism | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Researchers have found significant differences in brain development in infants as young as six months old who later develop autism, compared with babies who don’t develop the disorder.
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