Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects about 1 in 68 children born in the United States. In an effort to find out why, a group of researchers led by David Sulzer at Columbia University Medical Center examined the synapses in the brains of children with autism. They discovered that during childhood, children with autism do not undergo regular synaptic pruning, resulting in having an excess. This also identified a potential conversion of genetic targets that could be used to create a new treatment for ASD.
For the very first time, a variation in a gene has been linked to a subtype of autism. While other genes have been found where particular alleles (versions) show a correlation to autism, these have also been linked to other conditions, often more strongly, and not to specific autism characteristics.
This is so heart melting. One of the most powerful videos I have ever seen about dogs. Their friendship began with the first act of the young boy. Such a great example of how nature cares for humans and for itself. You should watch this: Please SHARE if you believe that animals do have sixth sense.
In this factual talk, geneticist Wendy Chung shares what we know about autism spectrum disorder — for example, that autism has multiple, perhaps interlocking, causes. Looking beyond the worry and concern that can surround a diagnosis, Chung and her team look at what we’ve learned through studies, treatments and careful listening.
While working with kids who have trouble speaking, Ajit Narayanan sketched out a way to think about language in pictures, to relate words and concepts in "maps." The idea now powers an app that helps nonverbal people communicate, and the big idea behind it, a language concept called FreeSpeech, has exciting potential.
Katie Driscoll is Changing the Face of Advertising - with Special-Needs Models People Magazine As word of her campaign spread through social media, she was inundated with photos of special-needs individuals – including individuals with Down...
The cause of autism is still unknown, but we are definitely closer to figuring it out. A new study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, from researchers at the University of Chicago revealed that autism and intellectual disability (ID) rates are linked with exposure to harmful environmental factors during congenital development. “Essentially what happens […]