Saturday, January 31, 2015

Number of students with autism in Tift schools has risen - Tifton Gazette









Number of students with autism in Tift schools has risen

Tifton Gazette

TIFTON – Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by communication difficulties, social deficits, repetitive behaviors and interests, sensory issues and cognitive delays. Officials in the Tift County School System have seen a rise in the ...





Local doctor: 'No link' between measles vaccine and autism - ActionNewsJax.com









Local doctor: 'No link' between measles vaccine and autism

ActionNewsJax.com

A single-dose vial of the measles-mumps-rubella virus vaccine live, or MMR vaccine is shown at the practice of Dr. Charles Goodman in Northridge, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Some doctors are adamant about not accepting patients who don't believe ...





Friday, January 30, 2015

Autism Without Fear: Examining the Legitimacy of 'Autism Life Coaches' - Huffington Post









Autism Without Fear: Examining the Legitimacy of 'Autism Life Coaches'

Huffington Post

Over the last five years there's been a noticeable increase in folks with varying experience levels promoting themselves as "autism life coaches" -- people who advertise their services to adults on the spectrum, parents, or partners. A random Google ...





Wearable sensors aim to capture autism in action - SFARI News (blog)








SFARI News (blog)



Wearable sensors aim to capture autism in action

SFARI News (blog)

The utility of these ubiquitous gadgets may soon extend beyond tracking wellness goals to recording complex behaviors in people with autism. Researchers in Boston and Atlanta are enlisting the help of 20 families to test various monitoring technologies ...





Different trajectories identified for autism spectrum disorder in children - Medical News Today








Medical News Today



Different trajectories identified for autism spectrum disorder in children

Medical News Today

In a new study, Dr. Peter Szatmari and colleagues evaluate the developmental trajectories of these two domains of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Some differences were observed by the team to increase by the time the children reached the age of 6.





Thursday, January 29, 2015

Autism Game, tailgate raises funds, awareness - ThisWeekNews









Autism Game, tailgate raises funds, awareness

ThisWeekNews

The Grove City High School National Honor Society hosted a tailgate party prior to the Greyhounds' boys basketball game against Pickerington North Friday, Jan. 23. But the event was about a cause even greater than that night's athletic competition. The ...





Spokane County will be part of UW autism intervention project - The Spokesman Review









Spokane County will be part of UW autism intervention project

The Spokesman Review

UW's five-year, $3.9 million study is being overseen by its Research in Early Autism Detection and Intervention Lab and will begin early this spring. The university is working with partners in four counties to coordinate screening by primary care ...





Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Siblings with autism rarely share genetic mutations - The Verge









Siblings with autism rarely share genetic mutations

The Verge

The majority of siblings with autism spectrum disorder don't share genetic mutations associated with the disorder, reports a new study published today in Nature Medicine. Children who do share genetic mutations, however, also tend to display the same ...





Hosemann leads push for autism insurance coverage - Jackson Clarion Ledger








Jackson Clarion Ledger



Hosemann leads push for autism insurance coverage

Jackson Clarion Ledger

The annual battle pitting parents against lobbyists over a proposal that health insurers cover autism treatments could end this year with legislation initiated by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Hosemann helped craft a pair of bills filed last ...





Genes Reveal That Not Even Siblings with Autism Share the Same Genetic Risk ... - Healthline








Healthline



Genes Reveal That Not Even Siblings with Autism Share the Same Genetic Risk ...

Healthline

Less than a third of the sibling pairs shared the same changes in autism-related genes, while 69 percent did not. Siblings with the same genetic mutations also showed similar changes in behaviors commonly affected by autism, compared to those who didn ...





Opinion: Autism research vaccinates us from infectious lies - Sacramento Bee (blog)









Opinion: Autism research vaccinates us from infectious lies

Sacramento Bee (blog)

While worried parents continue to spread the vaccine myth, real scientists go about the work of studying what actually causes autism, whose sufferers have difficulty communicating and interacting socially. Guess what? They're not looking at measles ...





Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Genetics of autism more complicated than thought, study finds - CBS News









Genetics of autism more complicated than thought, study finds

CBS News

Autism is know to run in families, so for some time experts have believed that when more than one offspring develops the disorder it's due to the same genetic mutations. But new research funded by the advocacy group Autism Speaks suggests the genetics ...





Super Bowl gives actress forum to raise autism awareness - azcentral.com








azcentral.com



Super Bowl gives actress forum to raise autism awareness

azcentral.com

As the Valley gets ready to host Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, one Super Bowl family is trying to add another topic to the football conversation. "We want autism to be on the lips of everyone in town," said Holly Robinson Peete, actress, wife of former ...





Autism cases in same family more often carry different genetic risks – study - The Guardian








The Guardian



Autism cases in same family more often carry different genetic risks – study

The Guardian

The findings challenge the presumption that the same genetic risk factors are at work when autism runs in families. “We knew that there were many differences in autism, but our recent findings firmly nail that down,” said Stephen Scherer at the ...





Fort Collins man smashing autism stereotypes - The Coloradoan








The Coloradoan



Fort Collins man smashing autism stereotypes

The Coloradoan

Lawrence, diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at 2 1/2 years old, spent his youth in the dark, taking his meals or listening to his parents in rooms dimmed to prevent the sensory overload he would otherwise suffer. For his first decade, Janice ...





Siblings with Autism Have Different Genetic Mutations: Study - Tech Times








Tech Times



Siblings with Autism Have Different Genetic Mutations: Study

Tech Times

Researchers studied 85 families who each had two children diagnosed with autism. Whole-gene sequencing, which identifies mutations over entire genetic codes, was used in the study, in order to identify genetic relationships between autistic siblings.





'Autisms' a more appropriate term than 'autism,' geneticists say - Reuters









'Autisms' a more appropriate term than 'autism,' geneticists say

Reuters

“We believe a better term to use is 'the autisms,' or 'the autism spectrum disorders' (that is, plural),” Dr. Stephen W. Scherer told Reuters Health by email. “There are many different forms of autism. In other words, autism is more of a collection of ...





'Autisms' a more appropriate term than 'autism': geneticists - New York Daily News








New York Daily News



'Autisms' a more appropriate term than 'autism': geneticists

New York Daily News

There are so many different genetic forms of autism that using the singular term, autism, is misleading, researchers say. “We believe a better term to use is 'the autisms,' or 'the autism spectrum disorders' (that is, plural),” Dr. Stephen W. Scherer ...





Monday, January 26, 2015

"Autisms" a More Appropriate Term than "Autism," Geneticists Say - Scientific American









"Autisms" a More Appropriate Term than "Autism," Geneticists Say

Scientific American

(Reuters Health) – There are so many different genetic forms of autism that using the singular term, autism, is misleading, researchers say. “We believe a better term to use is 'the autisms,' or 'the autism spectrum disorders' (that is, plural),” Dr ...





Autism Study Points to Frequent Risk Variant Differences in Affected Siblings - GenomeWeb









Autism Study Points to Frequent Risk Variant Differences in Affected Siblings

GenomeWeb

"We believe that each child with autism is like a snowflake — unique from the other," the study's senior author Stephen Scherer, director of the Hospital for Sick Children's Centre for Applied Genomics and the University of Toronto's McLaughlin Centre ...





Thomasville mother blames immunization shots for daughters' autism - myfox8.com









Thomasville mother blames immunization shots for daughters' autism

myfox8.com

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Measles was eliminated in the United States 15 years ago, but now, at least 68 people in 11 states are battling the virus. The Centers for Disease Control says the current outbreak started at a Disney theme park in Southern ...





Purdue agrees to bolster autism coverage - Journal and Courier








Journal and Courier



Purdue agrees to bolster autism coverage

Journal and Courier

“I'm delighted to tell you we are going to add autism into the coverage,” Daniels told Beaudoin and the rest of the University Senate. “It's absolutely the right thing to do. … I'd like to think the university would have gotten to the right answer ...





Actor with autism to give first performance in Brentwood - The Tennessean









Actor with autism to give first performance in Brentwood

The Tennessean

Teresa Hulbert, a 21-year-old woman with autism who is part of actor training school Drama Time LLC, will get her first shot at the stage in the school's winter recital. “I've worked with special-needs students throughout my teaching career. The ...





Georgia Senate to reconsider autism bill - Atlanta Business Chronicle (blog)









Georgia Senate to reconsider autism bill

Atlanta Business Chronicle (blog)

"Autism is becoming an epidemic that Georgia cannot afford to ignore," said Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, chief sponsor of Senate Bill 1. "We are taking steps to ensure the public and private sector work in concert to provide the best outcomes for ...





Largest-ever autism genome study finds most siblings have different autism ... - Medical Xpress








Medical Xpress



Largest-ever autism genome study finds most siblings have different autism ...

Medical Xpress

The largest-ever autism genome study, funded by Autism Speaks, reveals that the disorder's genetic underpinnings are even more complex than previously thought: Most siblings who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have different autism-linked genes.





The connections in autistic brains are idiosyncratic and individualized - Ars Technica








Ars Technica



The connections in autistic brains are idiosyncratic and individualized

Ars Technica

Some studies have found that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is associated with decreased functional connectivity in the brain, but other experiments have found increased connectivity in autistic brains. A new study may have reconciled these ...





Sunday, January 25, 2015

Memoirist speaks on autism - Richmond.com









Memoirist speaks on autism

Richmond.com

John Elder Robison, a best selling memoirist and autism activist, says in order to give children with autism a fair shot at a decent education, schools must first change their approach to dealing with autistic students. “We so often are not unable to ...





Purdue insurance lacks in autism benefits - Journal and Courier








Journal and Courier



Purdue insurance lacks in autism benefits

Journal and Courier

Purdue University researchers stand at the forefront of innovative research into therapies to help children suffering from autism. But the university's own employees with autistic children who could benefit from such therapies are out of luck when they ...





Behind the Scenes: 'Dancing Lessons' panel changes perceptions of autism - Sarasota Herald-Tribune








Sarasota Herald-Tribune



Behind the Scenes: 'Dancing Lessons' panel changes perceptions of autism

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

St. Germain returned to Sarasota last week to take part in an often fascinating panel dealing with themes of the play, which is about a dancer whose leg injury may force her to change careers, and a high-functioning autistic man who asks her to teach ...





Saturday, January 24, 2015

Etobicoke mom takes long walk for autism awareness - Toronto Sun








Toronto Sun



Etobicoke mom takes long walk for autism awareness

Toronto Sun

Dee Gordon could no longer stand by and watch her autistic son Jacob live in isolation. So, the Etobicoke mom laced up her walking shoes and embarked on a trek from her home to Parliament Hill to pressure the government for a national autism strategy ...





Hosemann leads push for autism insurance coverage - Jackson Clarion Ledger








Jackson Clarion Ledger



Hosemann leads push for autism insurance coverage

Jackson Clarion Ledger

The annual battle pitting parents against lobbyists over a proposal that health insurers cover autism treatments could end this year with legislation initiated by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Hosemann helped craft a pair of bills filed last ...





New Gene Studies Uncover Why Autism Symptoms Vary Widely - DOGOnews








DOGOnews



New Gene Studies Uncover Why Autism Symptoms Vary Widely

DOGOnews

Autism, or autistic disorder, is a wide range of problems that occur when the brain develops differently. Such abnormal development results in a struggle for autistic children to perceive the world in the same way that other people do. Our brain is ...





Team Autism 24/7 announces grants - Bonner County Daily Bee









Team Autism 24/7 announces grants

Bonner County Daily Bee

Cycling is still very much part of the group's DNA, having hosted its third annual Crosstoberfest cyclocross race in Sandpoint last fall. But the organization's core mission is to promote awareness and understanding of autism and its challenges and gifts.