Monthly Archives: April 2009

Genetic Links for Individuals with Autism Found

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have identified gene mutations, or gene variants, that may raise the risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The newly identified gene variants could account for about 15% of autism diagnoses. Of course having the gene variant does not mean a person will develop autism. Hakonarson’s study, a cooperative […]

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Autism Genes Discovered; Help Shape Connections Among Brain Cells

Scientists have connected more of the intricate pieces of the autism puzzle, with two studies that identify genes with important contributions to the disorder.

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Dysregulation of Brain System as Cause for Autism

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University are suggested that the brains of individuals with autism are structurally normal but dysregulated, meaning symptoms of the disorder might not be hard-wired, but changeable. To read full report, click here.

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Obama Administration Nomination and US Congressional Updates

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) named Henry Claypool to the position of Director of the agency’s Office on Disability. Claypool has over 25 years of policy experience at the federal, state, and local levels specializing in disability. Intent has also been specified regarding nomination of Christine Griffin for Deputy Director of […]

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Lithium And The Brain: New Light On Bipolar Treatment Drugs

New research suggests a possible pathway for the operation of lithium in the treatment of bipolar disorder.

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    Play-Place for Autistic Children: An Autism Wonderland

    Play-Place for Autistic Children’s vision is to pioneer experiences that combine the magic of hope with the power of play and recovery with an innovative support center in Michigan.

    Father Pushes to Get Autism Awareness Sign

    A resident of Tonawanda, New York, successfully convinced the town to install two signs alerting drivers that an autistic child lives in the area. Louis Blazer said that he and one other family were pushing to get the sign installed because they both have highly autistic children. He said he wanted to protect his son before it was too late.

    Autism Could Cost Americans $1 Trillion by 2025

    Caring for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the United States is becoming pricier. Alarming numbers have been calculated in a new study published online in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, conducted by Paul Leigh and Juan Du, health economists at the University of California, Davis.

    App Created For and By Teens with Autism Aids Daily Activities

    Dubbed LOLA, which stands for “Laugh Out Loud Aide,” a new app aims to remind children on the autism spectrum to complete certain tasks that they may forget about, which could be due to a sensory overload that they experience.

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