Autism and related disorders are characterized by impaired social interactions, impaired social communication, restricted and repetitive behavior and interests, and impulsivity.
Autism Community Forum
Support for patients with autistic spectrum disorders, including Asperger syndrome, autism and other similar conditions. Discussions among patients, families, caregivers and professionals on topics related to diagnosis, treatment, and activities of daily living.
Researchers identify genetic systems disrupted in autistic brain
May 01, 2012
Research conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has revealed that different genes involved in autism tend to be involved in specific processes in the brain. This can explain, on the one hand, similarities in the behavioral symptoms of different autistics, but also the large spectrum of behaviors observed in different autistic individuals.
Research shows how PCBs promote dendrite growth, may increase autism risk
Apr 25, 2012
New research from UC Davis and Washington State University shows that PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, launch a cellular chain of events that leads to an overabundance of dendrites—the filament-like projections that conduct electrochemical signals between neurons—and disrupts normal patterns of neuronal connections in the brain.
Autism by the numbers: researchers examine impact of new diagnostic criteria
Apr 11, 2012
Getting an autism diagnosis could be more difficult in 2013 when a revised diagnostic definition goes into effect. The proposed changes may affect the proportion of individuals who qualify for a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, according to a study by Yale Child Study Center researchers. They found that about 25% of those diagnosed with classic autism and 75% of those with Asperger syndrome or pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified, would not meet the new criteria for autism.
Maternal obesity, diabetes associated with autism, other developmental disorders
Apr 09, 2012
A major study of the relationships between maternal metabolic conditions and the risk that a child will be born with a neurodevelopmental disorder has found strong links between maternal diabetes and obesity and the likelihood of having a child with autism or another developmental disability.
Spontaneous gene glitches linked to autism risk with older dads
Apr 06, 2012
Researchers have turned up a new clue to the workings of a possible environmental factor in autism spectrum disorders: fathers were 4 times more likely than mothers to transmit tiny, spontaneous mutations to their children with the disorders. Moreover, the number of such transmitted genetic glitches increased with paternal age.
Growing demands for an urgent, new response to autism epidemic as CDC updates prevalence estimates
Mar 29, 2012
Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today called on the nation’s elected and appointed leaders to immediately develop a new, coordinated strategy to take on a national public health emergency – the autism epidemic – in the wake of a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) finding that autism is now diagnosed in a staggering 1 in every 88 American children.
People with autism have a greater ability to process information, study suggests
Mar 23, 2012
People with autism have a greater than normal capacity for processing information even from rapid presentations and are better able to detect information defined as ‘critical,’ according to a study published today in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.
Autism risk gene linked to differences in brain structure
Mar 21, 2012
Healthy individuals who carry a gene variation linked to an increased risk of autism have structural differences in their brains that may help explain how the gene affects brain function and increases vulnerability for autism. The results of this innovative brain imaging study are described in the neuroscience journal Brain Connectivity.