Study of protein 'trafficker' provides insight into autism and other brain disorders
(Rockefeller University) Researchers have discovered that the protein ASTN2 shuttles receptors away from the surface of neurons, a process that facilitates efficient brain activity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Latest research hints at predicting autism risk for pregnant mothers
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute--led by Juergen Hahn, professor and head of biomedical engineering--are continuing to make remarkable progress with their research focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How a $2M Grant Could Change the Way Autism Is Diagnosed
Early treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can significantly improve the lives of affected children and their families, but diagnosing the disorder is often a challenge. A company in Syracuse, NY has developed an epigenetic test that could facilitate the early diagnosis of ASD, however, and in turn accelerate access to treatment. The technology, developed by Quadrant Biosciences, managed to impress a panel of grant reviewers, landing the company a $2 million small business technology transfer (STTR) grant from the National Institutes of Health. The funds are expected to help the company refine the techno...
Source: MDDI - September 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: IVD Source Type: news

Alzheimer's or Not; DBS for Autism; Dopamine-Tracking Sensors
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of neurology and neuroscience (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - September 18, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Drumming helps children with autism
The results have yet to be published in a scientific journal, but the findings on 19 pupils add to similar trials by the same University of Chichester team that have already been released. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thousands of autistic girls and women 'going undiagnosed' due to gender bias
Number of girls and women with the condition in UK may be vastly underestimated, leading neuroscientist saysHundreds of thousands of girls and women with autism are going undiagnosed due to it being viewed as a “male condition”, according to one of the UK’s leading neuroscientists.Prof Francesca Happ é, director of the Social, Genetic& Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King ’s College London, warned that the failure to recognise autism in girls and women was taking a stark toll on their mental health.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Autism Society Psychiatry Gender Science UK news Source Type: news

Scientists reveal drumming helps schoolchildren diagnosed with autism
(University of Chichester) Children diagnosed with autism perform better in school if they participate in two 30-minute drumming sessions a week, according to a new scientific study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Man with autism spends 8 days in Calgary ER — mostly in isolation — but never admitted
Harold Lovell spent a week in an isolated room at a Calgary hospital emergency department — without a toothbrush or a change of clothes — waiting for a bed to receive mental health treatment. He didn't get it. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Scientists Are Developing New Ways to Treat Disease With Cells, Not Drugs
When Nichelle Obar learned she was pregnant with her second child last year, she never expected that her pregnancy, or her baby, would make history. But when the 40-year-old food-and-beverage coordinator from Hawaii and her fiancé Christopher Constantino went to their 18-week ultrasound, they learned something was wrong. The heart was larger than it should have been, and there was evidence that fluid was starting to build up around the organ as well. Both were signs that the fetus was working extra hard to pump blood to its fast-growing body and that its heart was starting to fail. Obar’s doctor knew what coul...
Source: TIME: Science - September 13, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized medicine Source Type: news

Scientists Are Developing New Ways to Treat Disease With Cells, Not Drugs
When Nichelle Obar learned she was pregnant with her second child last year, she never expected that her pregnancy, or her baby, would make history. But when the 40-year-old food-and-beverage coordinator from Hawaii and her fiancé Christopher Constantino went to their 18-week ultrasound, they learned something was wrong. The heart was larger than it should have been, and there was evidence that fluid was starting to build up around the organ as well. Both were signs that the fetus was working extra hard to pump blood to its fast-growing body and that its heart was starting to fail. Obar’s doctor knew what coul...
Source: TIME: Health - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Innovation Health medicine Source Type: news

The irresistible CCL17
(University of Bonn) The chemotactic protein CCL17 attracts immune cells to where they are currently needed. Doctors have long known: A high level of this substance in the body indicates an allergic reaction. A team of scientists led by the University of Bonn has now discovered a completely new function: CCL17 also influences signal transmission in the brain. There may even be a molecular link to autism. The results have now been published in the journal Glia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

San Antonio researchers to treat babies at-risk for autism
(University of Texas at San Antonio) The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), in collaboration with The Children's Hospital of San Antonio and the Autism Treatment Center, have been awarded a two-year, $1,251,063 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop an innovative, infant and toddler autism treatment program called Project PLAAY (Parent-Led Autism Treatment for At-Risk Young Infants and Toddlers). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Occurrence of traumatic dental injuries among preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Al-Sehaibany FS.
This study was conducted on a randomly ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Autism prognosis: Parental genes 'incredibly useful'
While a main variant primes a person to develop a complex disorder such as autism, their 'genetic background' sets the 'clinical features,' a study finds. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Autism Source Type: news

Alzheimer's Germ Theory; Autism Biomarker; Smoking and Dementia
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of neurology and neuroscience (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - September 11, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Incredible sketches drawn entirely from MEMORY
Conan Andrews, from Brighton, is one of the few people in the UK to be diagnosed with  autistic savant, which also affects the internationally acclaimed artist Stephen Wiltshire. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New center will study the complex genomics within individual cells
(University of Pennsylvania) Junhyong Kim and James Eberwine of the University of Pennsylvania are leading a multi-disciplinary team in developing cutting-edge technologies that can assess the genetic material inside individual compartments of single cells. The new Center for Sub-Cellular Genomics aims to revolutionize and personalize therapies for diseases such as bipolar disorder, autism, and Alzheimer's disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Eagles set date for second Autism Challenge event
The Philadelphia Eagles have picked a date for their second  annual Eagles Autism Challenge. The fundraising event, which features cycling and a 5K run/walk, will be held May 18, 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field. Lincoln Financial Group will again serve as the presenting sponsor. All participant-raised funds will be used to support cutting-edge autism resea rch at Philadelphia institutions. The inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge, held back in May, raised in excess of $2.5 million. Those proceeds are… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 10, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Eagles set date for second Autism Challenge event
The Philadelphia Eagles have picked a date for their second  annual Eagles Autism Challenge. The fundraising event, which features cycling and a 5K run/walk, will be held May 18, 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field. Lincoln Financial Group will again serve as the presenting sponsor. All participant-raised funds will be used to support cutting-edge autism resea rch at Philadelphia institutions. The inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge, held back in May, raised in excess of $2.5 million. Those proceeds are… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 10, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: John George Source Type: news

MORE studies confirm the link between childhood vaccines and autism
(Natural News) While the pharmaceutical industry, and their puppets in mainstream medicine and media, continue to claim that there is no link between vaccines and autism, multiple scientific reviews have confirmed what we’ve long suspected: A common vaccine ingredient is indeed connected to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As World Mercury Project reports, two recent studies have... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Family genetics vital for understanding autism progression
(Penn State) Research published today in Genetics in Medicine shows that the total amount of rare mutations--deletions, duplications, or other changes to the DNA sequence--in a person's genome can explain why individuals with a disease-associated mutation can have vastly different symptoms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Blood test can spot autism in children
A NEW blood test has been found to spot autism in children – allowing intensive behavioural therapy at an early age. Until now there has not been a biological test for children on the autism spectrum. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Autism Blood Test on the Horizon Autism Blood Test on the Horizon
Dysregulation of amino acid metabolism can be used to accurately detect about 17% of children with autism spectrum disorder and may provide an opportunity for earlier diagnosis and treatment.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Autism blood test can identify genes in children
Autism's causes are not fully understood, but we know they are both genetic and environmental. Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a test that detects both. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood biomarker may detect some types of autism
Researchers have identified a metabolic way to detect autism spectrum disorder in some children, potentially paving the way for a biomarker test. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Autism blood test can identify genes in children
Autism's causes are not fully understood, but we know they are both genetic and environmental. Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a test that detects both. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As Animal-Assisted Therapy Thrives, Enter the Cats
More research is done on the therapeutic benefits of dogs than on cats and other animals. But there are signs of change. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JENNIFER KINGSON Tags: Animal Behavior Service Dogs and Other Animals Cats Therapy and Rehabilitation Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Autism Mental Health and Disorders Cancer Breast Cancer Source Type: news

Researchers Harness Virtual Reality, Motion Capture to Study Neurological Disorders
Neuroscientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center have a powerful new state-of-the-art tool at their disposal to study diseases like Autism, Alzheimer ’s, and traumatic brain injury. The Mobile Brain/Body Imaging system, or MoBI, combines virtual reality, brain monitoring, and Hollywood-inspired motion capture technology, enabling researchers to study the movement difficulties that often accompany neurological disorders and why our brains somet imes struggle while multitasking. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - September 6, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Brief report: Do you see what I see? The perception of bullying in male adolescents with autism spectrum disorder - Hodgins Z, Kelley E, Kloosterman P, Hall L, Hudson CC, Furlano R, Craig W.
Although there is evidence to suggest that adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulty interpreting complex social situations, little is known about their understanding of bullying. Given the high rates of victimization in this populati... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Researchers find disrupted functional connectivity in cerebellum of adults with HF-ASD
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study using an unbiased, whole-brain data-driven approach to assess the resting-state functional connectome in young adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HF-ASD) found two clusters of abnormal connectivity in the cerebellum. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New insights on pesticide exposure and autism
Pregnant women with high levels of DDT in their blood are more likely to have children who develop autism, according to NIEHS grantees. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 4, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Young Adults With Autism at Significant Risk for Depression Young Adults With Autism at Significant Risk for Depression
Young adults with autism, especially those who are higher functioning, are at a significantly increased risk for depression, a large new study from Sweden suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Children like me are just invisible
MY NAME is Tyler, am 11 years old and have Asperger syndrome – which is on the autistic spectrum. I like to be reminded it’s not just me, there are other people like this. My interests include Nintendo, mathematics, physics and coding. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Companies open doors to talent with autism
More and more companies are recruiting workers on the autism spectrum, changing the face of workplace diversity and bringing valuable skills to bear (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk of Depression Up in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Individuals with ASD had more than two - fold higher risk of depression diagnosis vs. non - autistic siblings (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - September 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Risk of Depression Up in Autism Spectrum Disorder
FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 -- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is associated with increased risk of depression in young adulthood, according to a study published online Aug. 31 in JAMA Network Open. Dheeraj Rai, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., from the University of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Depression Hits 20% of Young Adults With Autism
In the study, this higher-functioning subgroup was more than four times as likely to suffer from depression, compared to people without autism. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Autism Ups Risk for Depression in Early Adulthood
(MedPage Today) -- Non-autistic siblings of those with autism also saw elevated depression risk (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - August 31, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Depression Strikes Nearly 1 in 5 Young Adults With Autism: Study
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - August 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pediatrics, Psychiatry, News, Source Type: news

Depression Strikes Nearly 1 in 5 Young Adults With Autism: Study
FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 -- Depression affects almost 20 percent of young adults with autism, new research shows, a rate that's more than triple that seen in the general population. And young adults with autism who were relatively high-functioning --... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 31, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Higher depression risk in young adulthood associated with autism spectrum disorders
(JAMA Network) Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), especially without an accompanying intellectual disability, were associated with greater risk for depression in young adulthood compared with the general population and siblings without ASD. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Is there an "antisocial" cerebellum? Evidence from disorders other than autism characterized by abnormal social behaviours - Moreno-Rius J.
The cerebellum is a hindbrain structure which involvement in functions not related to motor control and planning is being increasingly recognized in the last decades. Studies on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have reported cerebellar involvement on these ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

'Treatment' to remove metals from children with autism unproven and risky, but no clear regulations
A mother's rejected complaint against a doctor offering chelation therapy for autism reveals there are no clear directives banning it, despite expert consensus that it doesn't work and can be harmful. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Treatment to remove metals from children with autism unproven and risky, but no clear regulations
A mother's rejected complaint against a doctor offering chelation therapy for autism reveals there are no clear directives banning it, despite expert consensus that it doesn't work and can be harmful. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

UTA biochemists study enzymes to provide keys for drug development
(University of Texas at Arlington) UTA biochemists are mapping the function of specific enzymes which may facilitate development of new drugs to fight bacterial infection, cancer and potentially neurodegenerative diseases like autism, Down syndrome, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Neville Sanjana receives Brain & Behavior Research Foundation's Young Investigator Award
(New York Genome Center) Neville Sanjana, Ph.D., Core Faculty Member at the New York Genome Center, Assistant Professor of Biology, New York University, and Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology at NYU School of Medicine, is the recipient of the Brain& Behavior Research Foundation's Young Investigator Award. This grant will support the Sanjana Lab's research on single-cell functional genomics of mutations implicated in severe forms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A new deal for social housing
Social housing has a key role to play in supporting the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable in our society, including older people, people with mental ill health, learning disabilities, physical and sensory disabilities, autistic adults, care leavers, people fleeing domestic abuse, rough sleepers, those with drug and alcohol dependencies, vulnerable ex-service personnel and ex-offenders. This Green Paper proposes fundamental reform to ensure social homes provide an essential, safe, well-managed service for all those who need it (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What You Need to Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder
TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 -- Autism spectrum disorder -- or ASD -- is a developmental disability now diagnosed in about one in 37 boys and one in 151 girls in the United States. Researchers are learning more about why differences in the brain develop... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 28, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Study helps children hit the right note in supporting autistic peers
(University of Surrey) Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with autism, a new study in the journal Autism reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news