Lars Perner, Ph.D. is a college professor that has Asperger’s Syndrome. He provides great information about preparing to gain admission and links t read more »
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Hyperactive brain cells firing together could be an early indicator of autism and developmental disabilities, a team of UCLA researchers has found.

Networks of neurons were found to be firing in a highly synchronized and seemingly unrelenting fashion, even through sleep, in the brains of juvenil read more »
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In this study the team used magnetic resonance imaging to measure changes in brain activity after two 5 year olds with ASD received pivotal response treatment. Study co-author Pamela Ventola used this treatment method to identify distinct behavioral goals for each child in the study, and then reinf read more »
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About 40 percent of children who had been diagnosed with autism or who were later diagnosed with autism spent more than half of the time staring at the geometric patterns, while only one (less than 2 percent) of the typically developing toddlers preferred the geometric patterns. read more »
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Science is one step closer to understanding how the brains of individuals with autism process information. Over the past decade it became clear that neural communication is disrupted in autism, although the details, and the causes, remained elusive. Two hypotheses emerged to explain the information read more »
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Many children with Autism Spectrum Diseases (ASD) present with seizure activity, but the pathogenesis is not understood. Recent evidence indicates that neuro-inflammation could contribute to seizures. We hypothesize that brain mast cell activation due to allergic, environmental and/or stress trigge read more »
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It's difficult for children with autism to recognize improper social behavior and, even if they do, they are often unable to use spoken language to explain why the behavior was inappropriate, a small new study reveals.

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The study’s authors say that although it’s possible that each child with autism or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has a unique pattern of genetic changes underlying the disorder, the changes the researchers have identified impact shared biological pathways. read more »
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47% of mothers of autistic children reported infertility. Other research has suggested that older women have a greater risk of having a child with autism and this ties in with the infertility issue as older women are also more likely to experience infertility or delay in getting pregnant.

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Via Emily Willingham - When it comes to writing stories about health and medicine, the stakes climb. With these stories, we're not writing only about scientific findings. What we write is also about people. Many writers seek a narrative hook, a personal story that frames the rest of the piece. read more »
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