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500 Kilometers of Love

500km walk for autism treatment

Mother Dee Gordon has pledged to walk 500km in honor of her son Jake, who suffers from autism. Her ending destination is Parliament Hill in Ottowa.

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Sensory Adapted Swimming Lesson System for Children with ASD

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Sensory Supported Swimming has been supporting autistic children from the age of 4 to 17 and teaching them how to navigate the water.

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Lack of Neural Protein May be Linked to Autism

infant brain autism

Many theories have been discussed, and researchers often point towards environmental factors. However, in this recent study, researchers at Duke believe that a disruption in infants’ brain development may be the primary source of neurocognitive deficiencies seen in persons with ASD.

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Treating GI Troubles May Improve Symptoms of Autism

Researchers have found that troubles in the digestive system may actually contribute to autism disorders and create some of the well-known symptoms. Although autism is primarily treated through behavioral therapies, new studies suggest that treatment can come in the form of probiotics.

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Autism Disorders in Children May Be Linked to Iron Deficiency in Mothers

According to a recent study, autism disorders in children may be linked to the iron intake of their mother during pregnancy.

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Early Cerebellum Injury Examined as Possible Autism Cause

Researchers at Princeton University are exploring early cerebellum injury as a possible cause of autism. Their theory suggests that an injury to the cerebellum (the part of the brain known to process external and internal including sensory cues) at a very early stage in life disrupts the brains processing of information and leads to problems in other parts of the brain.

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Closer to Understanding Savant Syndrome

Approximately 50% of all people with “Savant syndrome,” a rare condition where a person displays remarkable genius in one specific area, have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With most of the other half being related to a brain injury or other acquired condition, it is natural to make the link between autism and savant syndrome.

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MicroRNAs Could Provide Biomarkers for Autism

A new study out of the Department of Psychiatry at Hamamatsu University School of Medicine in Japan suggests, “that a set of serum miRNAs (microRNAs) might serve as a possible noninvasive biomarker for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders.” While this could revolutionize the way autism is diagnosed, treated, or possibly cured, this study is just one of the early steps to understanding the role of genetics in autism.

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New Insights Into Brain Plasticity and Autism

Researchers at the University of Montreal conducted a fresh analysis of autism research including cognition, genetics, and brain imaging has shed new insight to potential causes of autism and also why it can present so differently in different people. The team of researchers, led by Laurent Mottron, developed a new model they dubbed, “Trigger-Threshold-Target.”

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