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Girls with autism at high risk of sexual abuse, large study says

Many women with traits of autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report having been sexually abused as a child, according to a study of 4,500 people1. It’s unclear why girls with these conditions are at heightened risk of sexual abuse. It may be because girls on the spectrum have trouble understanding social norms or…
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CDC report shows increase in autism rates among children

OREM, Utah – A new report released by the CDC shows autism rates among children are on the rise. The study shows 1 in 15 children are autistic – that’s up from 1 in 68 in 2014. The study focused on 8- year-olds in 11 states. New Jersey had the highest rate of the disorder,…
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Icelandic boy creates large Titanic replica with Legos. How it helps with his autism ?

A huge replica of the Titanic went on display Monday at a Tennessee museum. It’s 26 feet long and 5 feet tall – and made of Legos. The creator: A 10-year-old boy from Iceland. Brynjar Karl Birgisson built the model over an 11-month span using about 56,000 of the toy pieces, according to a Q&A session he…
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Using Cord Blood to Alleviate the Symptoms of Autism

What is cord blood? How is it isolated? Cord blood is the blood left in the umbilical cord following the birth of a baby. The collection process for cord blood is always secondary to the wellbeing of the mother and baby. It is carefully extracted when the baby has been separated from the cord and…
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Take Care: What to know about children with autism

For children living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), navigating the world around them can be challenging. Joel Desotelle, licensed pediatric occupational therapist and program director of Keystone Pediatric Therapies in Chambersburg, sheds some light on sensory problems and treatment for children living with ASD. How the senses affect children living with ASD In order to…
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Researchers Identify Novel Potential Biomarkers for Autism

Published in Molecular Autism, new study data indicated a strong diagnostic association between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and certain plasma and renal biomarkers. In the plasma protein of patients with ASD, investigators identified an increase in certain advanced glycation end products (AGEs), an increase in oxidation damage marker dityrosine (DT), and a decrease in 3-deoxyglucosone-derived hydroimidazolone (3DG-H). The…
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Understanding The Origins Of Autism And Associated Sensory Processing Disorders

The origins of autism continue to remain mysterious. However, researchers are continuing their tireless work to understand which areas of the brain are involved and in what way the first signs of the condition appears. The latest findings bring us closer to understanding the pathology of the condition as well as understanding the point where…
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New instrument could assess effects of behavioral treatments

A new questionnaire assesses the frequency and severity of various behaviors in children with autism and could help scientists determine the effectiveness of behavioral therapies1. Diagnostic tests for autism generally rule the condition in or out. When tests offer separate ratings for behaviors such as poor social skills or communication difficulties, the purpose is typically…
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Gene responsible for autism identified

Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have identified a gene that is responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, an advance that may pave the way for developing treatments. The findings showed that alterations of the gene thousand and one amino-acid kinase 2, known as TAOK2, plays a direct role in these disorders. TAOK2 is located in…
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Researchers Are Hopeful About Urine And Blood Sample Tests For An Earlier Autism Diagnosis

Autism is a developmental disorder that not only alters the social behavior of a person but also causes a wide range of other behavioral complexities. Other behavioral complexities include but are not limited to, repetitive and monotonous behaviors, speech disturbances, anxiety, and difficulties in adapting to new environments. At times, diagnosis is seen to take…
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