Study supports rise in autism related to changes in diagnosis
Posted by lightfoot on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 (16:49:30) By Craig Brierley
Research funded by the Wellcome Trust suggests that many children diagnosed with severe language disorders in the 1980s and 1990s would today be diagnosed as having autism. The research supports the theory that the rise in the number of cases of autism may be related to changes in how it is diagnosed.
Autism Connected To Gene Central To Neuron Formation
Posted by lightfoot on Friday, April 04, 2008 (21:58:46) Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pathology at Stony Brook University Medical Center, and colleagues have found that a disruption of the Contactin 4 gene on chromosome 3 may be linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). What causes ASD, a developmental disorder of the central nervous system, is largely unknown. Dr. Hatchwellâ€™s finding suggests that mutations affecting Contactin 4 may be relevant to ASD pathogenesis, and thus a potential biomarker for some individuals with the disorder.
UW plans two research studies of infants who have autistic older siblings
Posted by lightfoot on Friday, April 04, 2008 (21:55:14) by DEBBIE CAFAZZO
Two new University of Washington research studies seek to enroll infants from the Puget Sound region who have autistic older siblings.
One study wants to assess and monitor 100 babies beginning at age 6 months, then again at 12 and 24 months of age. Babies will be given an MRI at each age. MRI images will allow scientists to look for subtle anatomical differences in the babiesâ€™ brains at each stage of development.
The other study seeks 200 infants 6 months old or younger with autistic siblings. Babies in this study will be divided into two groups. One group will be monitored by specialists and referred for community treatment. The other group and their mothers will participate in a program at the Seattle UW Autism Center. Mothers will be trained, for example, to engage their infants in eye contact. Mother and child will be videotaped interacting once a week for nine weeks.
Posted by lightfoot on Sunday, March 23, 2008 (20:58:34) by Sara Denton
The University of Alabama has conducted a groundbreaking study on the brain patterns of teenagers affected with autism.
Mark Klinger, associate professor of psychology, and Laura Klinger, an associate psychology professor, worked with members of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, to discover changes in brain patterns in adolescents with the disorder.
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