Monthly Archives: February 2009

Autism: Fluoxetine Not Effective In Reducing Repetitive Behaviors, Study Shows

Autism Speaks reported initial results for the first industry-sponsored Autism Clinical Trials Network study, the Study of Fluoxetine in Autism which showed that fluoxetine was not effective for reducing repetitive behaviors in children and adolescents with autistic disorder as compared to placebo. The study of 158 patients (ages 5 — 17) was carried out in 19 CTN sites.

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Robot Playmates Monitor Emotional State Of Children With Autism

The day that robot playmates help children with autism learn the social skills that they naturally lack has come a step closer with the development of a system that allows a robot to monitor a child’s emotional state.

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Empathy Partly Based On Genes, Mouse Study Shows

The ability to empathize with others is partially determined by genes, according to new research on mice.

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Extra Copies Of A Gene Carry Extra Risk

A missing LIS1 gene causes severe mental retardation.

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Read My Lips: Using Multiple Senses In Speech Perception

When someone speaks to you, do you see what they are saying? We tend to think of speech as being something we hear, but recent studies suggest that we use a variety of senses for speech perception – that speech is not meant to be just heard, but also to be seen. A new report describes research examining how our different senses blend together to help us perceive speech.

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Lack Of Specific Gene Plays Role In Autism, Study Shows

It is estimated that three to six out of every 1,000 children in the United States have autism — and the number of diagnosed cases is rising. Autism is one of a group of series developmental problems called autism spectrum disorders that appear in early childhood, usually before age 3. Through symptoms and severity vary, all autism disorders affect a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others.

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