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Code talker: A Q & A with genetic counselor Kira Dies
Your child has just been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. Your pediatrician has never heard of the condition and the internet doesn’t offer much information. Where do you turn? Kira Dies, a genetic counselor in the Department of Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital, helps parents with these hard questions every day. One of about only 4,000 genetic counselors in the country, Dies has been trained in handling both the scientific and emotional sides of genetic disorders. Dies was also the recent winner of the Code Talker Award, presented by Genome Magazine and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 17, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Ask the Expert genetic counselor Kira Dies Mustafa Sahin Neurogenetics Program SPG47 tuberous sclerosis complex tuberous sclerosis program Source Type: news

Autism concern over home schooling rise in Wales
Many autistic children are struggling to cope in schools and are being removed, a charity warns. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New study hopes to empower parents of children with autism
(Boston Medical Center) Researchers from Boston Medical Center, in conjunction with researchers from Florida State University and others across the country, are collaborating on a study that aims to get parents involved with early intervention services sooner. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Neural correlates of impaired self-regulation in male youths with autism spectrum disorder: a voxel-based morphometry study - Ni HC, Lin HY, Tseng WI, Chiu YN, Wu YY, Tsai WC, Gau SS.
Although recent studies revealed impaired self-regulation (dysregulation) in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), neural correlates of dysregulation and its impacts on autistic neuroanatomy remain unclear. Voxel-based morphometry was applied on structural MRI i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

School exacerbates feelings of being 'different' in pupils with Autism Spectrum Conditions
(University of Surrey) Negative school experiences can have harmful long term effects on pupils with Autism Spectrum Conditions, a new study in the journal Autism reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

HealthWatch: New Hope For Autism; Too Much TV Could Lead To Blood Clots
BOSTON (CBS) – A new study is offering some hope to parents of children with autism. Scientists say they have performed a successful test of a possible new drug in animals. They genetically engineered mice to have autism-like changes and then treated them with the drug for three months. They found that it reduced abnormal behaviors in the mice and improved their performance on cognitive and behavioral tests. The researchers are currently testing the drug, called NitroSynapsin, on mouse models for other autism disorders and hope to partner with a biotechnology firm to move on to human clinical trials. P...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Autism Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Source Type: news

There's Growing Evidence For A Link Between Gender Dysphoria And Autism Spectrum Disorders
Mounting evidence over the last decade points to increased rates of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) among children and adults with gender dysphoria. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Zhana Vrangalova, Contributor Source Type: news

A polymer 'love hormone' sensor for the early detection of autism
(Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences) Is it going to be possible to detect features of autism at birth? At the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw a sensor has come into being that means this may become a reality. The main recognition component of the new device is a polymer layer with a carefully designed structure. It recognizes molecules of oxytocin, a compound considered to be one of the biomarkers of autism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why Smart People Still Believe Conspiracy Theories
Millions of Americans believe in conspiracy theories — including plenty of people who you might expect would be smart enough to know better. Despite mountains of scientific evidence to the contrary, at least 20% of Americans still believe in a link between vaccines and autism, and at least 37% think global warming is a hoax, according to a 2015 analysis. Even more of us accept the existence of the paranormal: 42% believe in ghosts and 41% in extrasensory perception. And those numbers are stable. A 2014 study by conspiracy experts Joseph Uscinski of the University of Miami and Joseph Parent of Note Dame University sur...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized 9/11 behavior Conspiracy Theories healthytime human behavior moon landings politics psychology Science vaccines Source Type: news

Wilmington hospital names director for new autism center
The has  named a director for its new autism center set to open in 2018. Dr. Diane Treadwell-Deering, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, will lead the Wilmington pediatric hospital's Sw. Autism Center, which is being established to expand and better coordinate the services the medical center provides for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder and their families.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates one in 68 children have autism spectrum disorder, a complex… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 13, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Emerald journal collection available on ScienceOpen
One of Emerald’s top journals, Advances in Autism, is now a featured journal on ScienceOpen, along with three other journals integrated into the latter’s citation network: The Journal of Health Organization and Management, Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy and International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. ScienceOpen are committed to open science and believe that unrestricted access to knowledge helps to drive creativity, innovation and development. With these journals focusing on social health research, the enhanced visibility of this research is unquestionably important for our global societ...
Source: News from STM - November 13, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Featured Open Access Source Type: news

Associations between cooperation, reactive aggression and social impairments among boys with autism spectrum disorder - Kaartinen M, Puura K, Pispa P, Helminen M, Salmelin R, Pelkonen E, Juuj ärvi P, Kessler EB, Skuse DH.
Cooperation is a fundamental human ability that seems to be inversely related to aggressive behaviour in typical development. However, there is no knowledge whether similar association holds for children with autism spectrum disorder. A total of 27 boys wi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Induced pluripotent stem cells show astrocyte-neuron impact on brain pathology in autism
(Elsevier) Using human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to model autism spectrum disorder (ASD), researchers at the University of S ã o Paulo, Brazil and University of California, San Diego have revealed for the first time that abnormalities in the supporting cells of the brain, called astrocytes, may contribute to the cause of the disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Teleultrasound is beneficial for assessing fetal health
An anatomic survey of the fetus is a critical aspect of prenatal care; however,...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Ultrasound 'magic' draws Ugandan women to antenatal clinic Can 1st-trimester ultrasound affect autism severity? AIUM: Ultrasound offers promise for preventing maternal death Super Bowl ultrasound ad draws ire of pro-choice group WhatsApp enables teleultrasound in Nigeria (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 8, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Selective PDE4D inhibitor shows potential to treat Fragile X autism spectrum disorder
(Kureczka/Martin Associates) New research suggests the potential utility of BPN14770, a selective PDE4D inhibitor, in the treatment of Fragile X syndrome (FXS) and possibly other autism spectrum disorders. Daily BPN14770 dosing in a mouse Fragile X model showed reduce hyperarousal, improved social interactions and natural behaviors, as well as changes in neuronal dendrite structure. BPM14770 is currently in clinical testing by Tetra Discovery Partners as a prospective treatment for memory and cognitive problems associated with Alzheimer's disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reducing eIF4E-eIF4G interactions restores the balance between protein synthesis and actin dynamics in fragile X syndrome model mice
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common form of inherited intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. FXS is caused by silencing of the FMR1 gene, which encodes fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP), an mRNA-binding protein that represses the translation of its target mRNAs. One mechanism by which FMRP represses translation is through its association with cytoplasmic FMRP-interacting protein 1 (CYFIP1), which subsequently sequesters and inhibits eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E). CYFIP1 shuttles between the FMRP-eIF4E complex and the Rac1–Wave regulatory complex, thereby connecting translati...
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - November 7, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Santini, E., Huynh, T. N., Longo, F., Koo, S. Y., Mojica, E., DAndrea, L., Bagni, C., Klann, E. Tags: STKE Research Articles Source Type: news

Aberrant Rac1-cofilin signaling mediates defects in dendritic spines, synaptic function, and sensory perception in fragile X syndrome
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common inherited cause of intellectual disabilities and a leading cause of autism. FXS is caused by a trinucleotide expansion in the gene FMR1 on the X chromosome. The neuroanatomical hallmark of FXS is an overabundance of immature dendritic spines, a factor thought to underlie synaptic dysfunction and impaired cognition. We showed that aberrantly increased activity of the Rho GTPase Rac1 inhibited the actin-depolymerizing factor cofilin, a major determinant of dendritic spine structure, and caused disease-associated spine abnormalities in the somatosensory cortex of FXS model mice. Inc...
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - November 7, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Pyronneau, A., He, Q., Hwang, J.-Y., Porch, M., Contractor, A., Zukin, R. S. Tags: STKE Research Articles Source Type: news

From school star to star MP
Rosie Duffield is still in shock. It never occurred to her that when she stood as a Labour candidate in the very safe Tory parliamentary seat of Canterbury earlier this year, that she might end up as an MP. The seat had never been held by Labour. But win she did. And she’s taking her new life in her stride – despite working six or seven days a week, staying up to all hours of the night to be present for votes in the House of Commons, and juggling a hundred different things at once. After all, it’s much like being a single parent, a teaching assistant and a UNISON member, a combination that Rosie knows all...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Ali Worthy Tags: Magazine school support staff schools stars in our schools Source Type: news

Transforming care: views sought on NHS quality checkers ’ toolkits
NHS England is testing toolkits for quality checkers to use in the assessment of services for people with autism and/or learning disabilities including GPs, community services, dental, acute (planned care), A&E and mental health. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Dr. Paul Offit’s aluminum deceptions and academic misconduct
(Natural News) “Parents can be reassured that the trace quantities of aluminum in vaccines can’t possibly do harm.” -Dr Paul Offit: Vaccine promoter, vaccine patent licensor, and autism pundit, 2015 NOTE: Since this article as written (in 2015), CHOP and Offit removed some of their statements quoted here. I suppose they realized their statements were indefensible.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inherited brain activity may guide treatment for autism, ADHD
Oregon Health& Science University researchers have found that functional brain connectivity has both familial and heritable associations. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Experimental drugs rewire brain connections in autism
Researchers reveal a different role played by missing gene in autism and uncover potential new treatments to reverse its effect on neural communication. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Autism Source Type: news

Study: Brain activity is inherited, may inform treatment for ADHD, autism
(Oregon Health& Science University) A new study conducted at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, concludes that while individually unique, each connectotype demonstrates both familial and heritable relationships. The results published today in Network Neuroscience. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

In autism, too many brain connections may be at root of condition
(Washington University School of Medicine) Mutations in a gene linked to autism in people causes neurons to form too many connections in rodents, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings suggest that malfunctions in communication between brain cells could be at the root of autism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Autism assistance dog Rishi helps 11-year-old Jake
Autism assistance dog Rishi has enhanced 11-year-old Jake's life, his family says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New NIH grant to help researchers follow children with autism transition to adulthood
(George Washington University) A George Washington University-led national collaborative network aimed at improving outcomes for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder will receive more than $11.7 million from the National Institutes of Health over the next five years to help propel innovative research in the field. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Smithsonian Announced Its 2017 Ingenuity Award Winners
From a groundbreaking director and screenwriter to a 12-year-old who is changing what children read, this year’s recipients of Smithsonian Magazine’s annual American Ingenuity Awards boast a wide-ranging set of accomplishments. Smithsonian Magazine last week announced its winners for the annual awards, which honor innovators in a variety of fields, including technology, history, performing arts, physical sciences and more. Ava DuVernay, who became the first female African-American director to have a film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards with 2014’s Selma, will be honored for her achievemen...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Calfas Tags: Uncategorized onetime Source Type: news

D.C. parents found this tech worked on their child with autism. Now they got $2.1M to fund it.
The company's founders said they had been bombarded by "junk apps" to help their child. Their technology, they said, has really worked. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 30, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

D.C. parents found this tech worked on their child with autism. Now they got $2.1M to fund it.
The company's founders said they had been bombarded by "junk apps" to help their child. Their technology, they said, has really worked. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 30, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

Self-injury in autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability: exploring the role of reactivity to pain and sensory input - Summers J, Shahrami A, Cali S, D'Mello C, Kako M, Palikucin-Reljin A, Savage M, Shaw O, Lunsky Y.
This paper provides information about the prevalence and topography of self-injurious behavior in children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. Dominant models regarding the etiology of self-injury in this population are re... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Violent outbursts
Parents struggling to cope with their violent autistic children say they are not being supported. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Revised easy read leaflet on ‘assuring transformation’ data and patient objections
NHS England has produced a revised version of its “easy read” leaflet for people with learning disabilities, autism or both and their families. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 30, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Dr. Paul Offit EXPOSED as the "Skeptical Raptor" internet troll and science bully exclusive inside story
(Natural News) Imagine if you found out from your doctor that you had breast cancer, or that your child developed autism after the pediatrician administered too many chemical medications too close together. What if, immediately after you asked him a few important questions, he ran to his computer and bad-mouthed you in an incessant rant for... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prenatal Multivitamins: A Way to Lower Autism Risk? Prenatal Multivitamins: A Way to Lower Autism Risk?
Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy highlights one of the week's important news stories for primary care.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Antenatal Nutrition and Autism Spectrum Disorders Antenatal Nutrition and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Might maternal nutritional supplementation with multivitamins, iron, and folic acid reduce the risk of autism spectrum disorders in offspring?The BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Journal Article Source Type: news

'Yoga tells the worries to go away'
Autistic children at a special educational needs school in London have yoga classes every week. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VR Brings Dramatic Change To Mental Health Care
The field of pyschology is embracing VR as a new tool for the treatment of a wide range of disorders, including pain, autism, alzheimers, PTSD, phobias, and depression. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 25, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Charlie Fink, Contributor Source Type: news

SDMS announces scientific competition winners
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) has announced the winners...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: SDMS releases updated sonography work standards SDMS announces grants, scholarships SDMS takes issue with ultrasound autism study SDMS publishes job description guide for sonographers SDMS to hold conference on work-related MSK injuries (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 24, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Social cognition and its contribution to the rehabilitation of behavioural disorders in traumatic brain injury - Quemada JI, Rusu O, Fonseca P.
Social behaviour disorders in traumatic brain injury are caused by the dysfunction of cognitive processes involved in social and interpersonal interaction. The concept of social cognition was introduced by authors studying schizophrenia, autism or mental r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Families of young people with autism struggle with mental health needs
Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined to mesh-tented beds, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Transformative donation of $16 million establishes new autism research centre at the Montreal Neurol
(McGill University) A new research center in Montreal will help lift the shroud of mystery surrounding autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and lead to the development of better diagnostic tools and more effective therapies for people with autism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Does improvisational music therapy offer long-term benefit in terms of social affect in children with ASD?Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

Worrying rise in reports of self-harm among teenage girls in UK
Conclusions This valuable study raises concerns about the large increase in rates of self-harm among young teenage girls, and the apparent inequality in both rates of self-harm and recognition of risk between areas of greater and lesser deprivation. It is also notable that alcohol or drug overdose was recorded in the majority of self-harm cases. These suggest, as the researchers rightly say, areas to target public health attention. There are though, a few points to consider: It can be difficult to distinguish between self-harm without intention of suicide and a suicide attempt. This distinction is usually made by discussin...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Source Type: news

$1.25 million grant to improve treating children with autism, other needs
(Penn State) Penn State faculty members have received a $1.25 million federal grant to address a shortage in speech-language pathologists and special educators with master's degrees who have the knowledge and experience in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) practices, in order to improve school-based services and results for children, teens and young adults with complex communication needs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Families fight for normalcy after wildfires destroy autism school
For about two weeks, 7-year-old Caden Higuera from Windsor, California has been cooped up in his house playing with Legos and patching together 500-piece puzzles. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: The 10 best autism blogs
Autism affects everyone differently depending on its severity. We have found the best autism blogs that support individuals, families, and carers. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Autism Source Type: news

Scientists pinpoint jealousy in the monogamous mind
(Frontiers) Scientists find that in male titi monkeys, jealousy is associated with heightened activity in the cingulate cortex, an area of the brain associated with social pain in humans, and the lateral septum, associated with pair bond formation in primates. A better understanding of jealousy may provide important clues on how to approach health and welfare problems such as addiction and domestic violence, as well as autism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

MMR vaccine side effects do NOT include autism – where the myth came from explained
VACCINES for measles, mumps and rubella do not cause autism in children, and it ’s important to vaccine your kids. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inflamed support cells appear to contribute to some kinds of autism
(University of California - San Diego) Modeling the interplay between neurons and astrocytes derived from children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Brazil, say innate inflammation in the latter appears to contribute to neuronal dysfunction in at least some forms of the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Could this explain why boys more likely to have autism?
Figures suggest four boys are diagnosed with autism to every one girl. Experts at the University of Iowa found male mice with a genetic cause show signs of being on the spectrum - but females didn't. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news