Month: February 2018

Autism and Depth of Prenatal Ultrasonographic Penetration: Is There a Link?

Greater mean penetration depth of prenatal ultrasound was associated with increased incidences of autism spectrum disorder and developmental delay, according to findings from a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Gestational age, total time of exposure, mean depth, frame rate, and total time using 3-dimensional and 4-dimensional imaging were obtained from medical records for patients with autism spectrum disorder…
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No, the cartoon ‘Peppa Pig’ doesn’t cause autism !

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is no Harvard study that says a British children’s television cartoon causes autism, despite what a social media post claims. In fact, there’s at least one peer-reviewed study that hints that a children’s television show may help autistic kids. The post on the news site and others that have circulated in…
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Was Albert Einstein Autistic?

  The boy was an odd one, that was something his family could agree about. When he was born, the back of his head was enormous. His grandmother thought he was just fat, but his parents were worried it was a sign of some problem. But within a few weeks, he’d managed to grow into…
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Can Dogs Help Someone with Autism?

  Introduction Dogs can help with a variety of illnesses, anxiety disorders, depression, and now dogs are believed to help with children who have autism as well. Having a pet in the house can provide much-needed companionship and love that children with autism need.  However, it is important to keep in mind that all children…
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Body odors’ social cues are misread by people with autism

Reading time: 10 min New research at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science suggests that people on the autism spectrum have different – and even opposite – reactions to almost imperceptible odors produced by the human body. This altered sense of smell may be as significant as vision in the person’s difficulty interpreting nonverbal social cues.…
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A Link Between Ultrasound and Autism? Doubtful.

The rate of autism spectrum disorder has risen dramatically over the past several decades. Now, much of that rise has been attributed to an increased recognition and diagnosis of the syndrome, but most experts believe some environmental factor is contributing. While we don’t have a great idea of what that factor is, we’re getting more confident in…
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Meet Milo, A Robot Helping Texas Students With Autism

ELGIN (Nexstar) – It used to be difficult for Elgin Middle School seventh-grader Abigail Wise to stay focused during some of her lessons in the classroom. “Sometimes self-soothing and calming was a challenge,” Dr. Shannon Darst, itinerant teacher of students with visual impairments, said. However, after more than a year of using Milo, a robot…
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7-year-old Chinese boy with autism becomes country’s youngest yoga teacher; earns $15,900

A seven-year-old Chinese boy who suffered from autism has emerged as the country’s youngest yoga teacher, earning over $15,900 by teaching the ancient Indian practice to more than 100 students. Sun Chuyang, or Mike, from Taizhou city in Zhejiang province learned yoga for three years and received a certificate for yoga teaching a year ago.…
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Austin Riley, Canada’s first autistic race car driver, pursues his dream in new video

    Nissan today released a new short documentary highlighting the career path of one of Canada’s most ambitious young racecar drivers, Austin Riley. When the fourth annual Nissan Micra Cup gets underway in May, a long list of drivers will be vying for victory. However, for Riley – the spirited 18-year-old from Uxbridge, Ontario…
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Why Are Kids with Autism Less Social Than Peers?

In a new study, researchers set out to investigate why children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) tend to be less socially communicative than their typically developing (TD) peers. Their findings, published in the journal Molecular Autism, provide a glimpse into the brain mechanisms behind autism. In recent years, scientists have proposed several hypotheses to help explain why ASD…
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