Do Fidget Spinners Really Aid in Reducing Anxiety and ADHD? Experts Are Dubious

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You must have heard a lot about fidget spinners by now. These are simple toys with small blades, which whirl in speed. The latest Internet buzz on fidget spinners talks about its theraputic benefits on people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. The surprising fact is no one even knew about fidget spinners six months back. It’s since December when Forbes designate them as “office toys,” they start getting popular. Aren’t you excited to know do fidget spinners really have healing benefits? When Was Fidget Spinner First Invented?…

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Montreal’s School for Children with Autism Hopes to Raise $400,000 through its Valentine’s Day Fundraiser

Montreal’s School for Children with Autism Hopes to Raise

Valentine’s Day is the day of love. In this season of love, Giant Steps school, the only school for autistic children in Montreal, wishes to share the love with kids with autism. The school hopes to collect $400,000 through its Valentine’s Day fundraiser. Administrators, teachers, and parents are joining hands for a fundraiser dedicated to their loved school, Giant Steps. It’s the province’s only autism-specific school, and it requires to collect one million dollars in a year just to fulfill the basic needs and make ends meet. Autism, a neurodevelopmental…

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Research Links Obesity with Autism

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Obesity is more prevalent among autistic children during adolescence in comparison to those without it, according to a study carried out by a team of researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine. The researchers are of the same opinion on the fact that ASD could have significant health consequences for a child in the long run. To the already known facts about autism, the study adds that while there is a possibility of the figures of obesity showing a downward trend in adolescence in case of children who haven’t been…

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Medical Cannabis for Autistic Children can soon be a Reality

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Over the years, autism has emerged as a challenge to the mental well being of children in the United States. Increasing cases pertaining to the diagnosis of children with autism has prompted the concerned department of the country to take effective steps subsequently in order to meet the challenge. In line with the efforts to normalize the lives of autistic patients, the Minnesota Department of Health is considering the possibility of putting autism on the list of conditions wherein medical cannabis can be prescribed to the patients, according to a…

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Researchers Crack the Genetic Code of Autism and Schizophrenia

Genetic Code of Autism and Schizophrenia

The conspicuous advancement in medical science has reached a new level with the recent findings of commonness between the genes of schizophrenia and autism, as indicated by a report. The report highlights that the risk genes for both the disorders become functional in the same neuronal zone that consists of the cortex of the brain. It suggests commonness of some unnoticed illness processes, despite the fact that the known genetic variation linked with both the disorders overlap only by 5%. Schizophrenia, and autism are lifelong mental disorders which affect the…

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Researchers Associate Late Autism With Higher Levels Of Steroid Hormones

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According to a news report, scientists associated with the University of Cambridge, and the Statens Serum Institute from Denmark, have uncovered the relationship between developing autism later and extended levels of steroid hormones like testosterone, cortisol, progesterone, etc. in children in the mother’s womb. It is believed to be a landmark achievement that can help solve the mystery of why males are more prone to autism than females. The news report further states that about 19,500 fluid samples containing amniotic fluid, stored in a biobank in Denmark, were used by…

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Autism Genes are Present in All Human Beings

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International researchers along with academics from three institutions have established the fact that the genes that are responsible for causing autism are present in all human beings, according to a news report. The team comprised of representatives from the University of Bristol, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and the Massachusetts General Hospital, according to the report. The researchers had teamed up to study the relationship between ASD and the traits of the condition exhibited by those, who do not have it. Their findings suggest that the genetic risk…

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New Evidence Links Brain Mutation With Autism and Other Disorders

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The findings published in “Nature Communications” on July 15, 2015, show the degree to which a mutation connected with epilepsy and autism plays a role in the impairment of a brain’s biochemical process. The researchers at University of Bristol led the study, which may offer a new target for the treatment of neurological diseases. The brain has a huge number of neurons that communicate through releasing chemicals at specific connections known as synapses. For every nerve cell, a thousand synaptic connections are possible with a hundred other neurons. Synapsin 1a,…

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Co-Founder of Autism Speaks Steps Down from Post of Chairman

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On May 1, 2015, Bob Wright, one of the Co-Founders of ‘Autism Speaks’, stepped down from the post of ‘Chairman of the Board of Directors’. Autism Speaks is a world-renowned advocacy and science institution for autism. It was founded by Mr. Wright and his wife in 2005, when autism diagnosis was made for their grandson. Since then, Mr. Wright worked as the organization’s chairman. The person to be honored with the position of the new Chairman is Brian Kelly, a member of the organization’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors….

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Autism Today: Is it a Product of Our Times?

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Autism Today: Is it a Product of Our Times?   Autism is a medical term used to describe a range of developmental disorders. The condition is rooted in genetics and environmental conditions, with symptoms presenting as communication problems and cognitive impairment. As the disorder is genetic in nature, it’s typically diagnosed in the very young by a screening process. There is a lot of research being done today into how the disease manifests and what causes it. The Autism Spectrum Defining autism isn’t as clear-cut as pinning down a physical ailment,…

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