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How The Autistic Brain Distinguishes Itself From Others

How The Autistic Brain Distinguishes Itself From Others

Scientists have discovered that the brains of individuals with autism are less active when engaged in self-reflective thought. In the study, published in the journal Brain, functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) imaging provides new evidence for the neural correlates of self-awareness and a new window into understanding social difficulties in autism spectrum conditions. (continue reading)

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Silenced Gene For Social Behavior Found In Autism That Could Serve As A Biomarker

Autism research continues to emerge at a steady pace. “A new, integrated interpretation of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)” was recently reported. Now, researchers have found a potential biomarker for Autism as, for the first time, inherited disruption of gene expression in a brain system for social behavior has been implicated in autism. National Institute of […]

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Uniform Method To Interpret Autism Spectrum Disorders Is Proposed

A researcher from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has defined a new, integrated interpretation of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), which makes it easier to understand both the commonalities and differences between ASD and other conditions. In an article published in the December 2009 issue of The Neuroscientist titled: “The Medial Prefrontal Cortex and Integration in […]

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Rate of Autism Disorders Climbs to 1 Percent Among 8-Year-Olds

Autism and related development disorders are becoming more common, with a prevalence rate approaching 1 percent among American 8-year-olds, according to new data from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study is a partnership between UAB, the CDC […]

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Children With Autism Significantly Benefit From Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

Children who received 40 1-hour sessions of hyperbaric oxygen over 4 weeks realized significant improvements across a number of different outcomes measures, such as receptive language, social interaction, stereotyped behaviors, and hyperactivity. Readers may be somewhat surprised to see a review of hyperbaric oxygen on this website. Obviously, this type of treatment does not fall […]

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The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine Is Not Associated with the Development of Autism with Gastrointestinal Problems

Researchers* claim to have finally ruled out that the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine contributes to the development of Autism in children with secondary gastrointestinal (GI) problems. Hornig et al. detail how a study in 1998 found GI abnormalities in children with Autism combined with parental reports of child behavioral problems following the MMR […]

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NIH Provides $60 Million For Autism Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) News service recently announced in a press release* that approximately $60 million will be committed to future Autism research. Funds are being received through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The grants will be issued under the name, “Research to Address the Heterogeneity in Autism Spectrum Disorders,” to […]

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A Novel and Potentially Groundbreaking Viral Theory of Autism and Schizophrenia

Roulette William Smith, Ph.D. details a potentially ground breaking theory that purports to unravel the mystery surrounding the underlying causative factors of autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and a host of other mental and physical illnesses in his paper entitled, “Inferring an Autovirulent Epigenetic Etiology for the Autism Spectrum and Schizophrenia*.” Dr. Smith’s theory originated from […]

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