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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Autism and Higher Intelligence are Linked by Genetic Traits

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Autism is not only an issue of U.S but also for the entire third world countries. It is known to everyone that autism comes with intellectual disorders as well as it is a spectrum of disorders, that’s the reason why it is also named ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). The main thing to understand about autism is its core reason – autism is purely genetic. Few things are still left to understand about it. It is our responsibility to stay up to date about the new findings and discoveries on it…

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Vaccination and ASD Link: Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

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“Do vaccines cause autism?” – This question has drawn a lot of attention, and almost everyone has been waiting for the correct answer to it. The link between autism and vaccines has become a controversial topic, with mainstream scientists and government on one side, whereas many advocacy groups at the other side. Many parents are confused and scared about the health of their children. Image Courtesy: newsatjama.jama.com As said by the advocacy groups, thimerosal, which is a preservative added in vaccines, is harmful to central nervous system, and is accountable…

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