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Sciencedaily.com: Tracking devices may improve quality of life for parents of children with autism

Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder face increased risk of injury when they wander away from adults who care for them. Even when parents take safety precautions such as installing window bars at home, studies show parents’ fear of their children wandering is a significant source of stress for families. New research being presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting suggests that electronic tracking devices worn by children may reduce how often children wander

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Sciencedaily.com: First clear-cut risk genes for Tourette disorder revealed

Tourette disorder (also known as Tourette syndrome) afflicts as many as one person in a hundred worldwide with potentially disabling symptoms including involuntary motor and vocal tics. However, researchers have so far failed to determine the cause of the disorder, and treatments have only limited effectiveness, in part because the genetics underlying the disorder have remained largely a mystery.

Now, as reported online May 3, 2017 in Neuron, a consortium of top researchers — led

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Sciencedaily.com: How Fragile X syndrome disrupts perception

In normal brains, 20% of neurons are inhibitory, meaning that they send signals that limit communication between other neurons to make sure that signals exchanged within the brain are finely tuned and confined to specific areas, depending on what the person or animal is doing or perceiving. Fragile X syndrome, which is caused by a fault on the X chromosome, leads to defects in how brain neurons communicate with each other. In this study, scientists

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Sciencedaily.com: Surprise communication found between brain regions involved in infant motor control

A newborn’s brain is abuzz with activity.

Day and night, it’s processing signals from all over the body, from recognizing the wriggles of the child’s own fingers and toes to the sound of mommy’s or daddy’s voice.

Though much of how the infant brain works and develops remains a mystery, University of Iowa researchers say they have uncovered a new mode of communication between two relatively distant regions. And, it turns out that sleep is

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Sciencedaily.com: New genetic roots for intelligence discovered

Intelligence is one of the most investigated traits in humans and higher intelligence is associated with important economic and health-related life outcomes. Despite high heritability estimates of 45% in childhood and 80% in adulthood, only a handful of genes had previously been associated with intelligence and for most of these genes the findings were not reliable. The study, published in the journal Nature Genetics, uncovered 52 genes for intelligence, of which 40 were completely new

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Sciencedaily.com: Diabetes drug may help symptoms of autism-associated condition

Metformin, the most widely used drug to treat type 2 diabetes, could potentially be used to treat symptoms of Fragile X syndrome, an inherited form of intellectual disability and a cause of some forms of autism.

A new study led by researchers at McGill University, the University of Edinburgh and Université de Montréal has found that metformin improves social, behavioural and morphological defects in Fragile X mice.

Fragile X syndrome is a genetic disease caused

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Sciencedaily.com: Oxytocin administered to the nose increases emotion perception in autism

A recent study has demonstrated that intranasal oxytocin can influence how individuals with autism perceive emotion in others. This is an important first step for a potential pharmacological treatment of autism.

Autism is characterized by difficulties in social functioning. Individuals with autism are generally less sensitive to social information, which can influence their interactions with others as they may overlook social cues. Research has shown that the neuropeptide oxytocin, known to be involved in childbirth

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Sciencedaily.com: Neurons can learn temporal patterns

Individual neurons can learn not only single responses to a particular signal, but also a series of reactions at precisely timed intervals. This is what emerges from a study at Lund University in Sweden.

“It is like striking a piano key with a finger not just once, but as a programmed series of several keystrokes,” says neurophysiology researcher Germund Hesslow.

The work constitutes basic research, but has a bearing on the development of neural networks

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Sciencedaily.com: Rates of suicide 'worrying' among people with autism, say experts

Suicide rates among people with autism in England have reached “worryingly” high levels, according to experts writing in the Lancet Psychiatry.

Writing ahead of a world-first international summit on suicidality in autism, the researchers — from Coventry and Newcastle universities — say the issue remains poorly understood and that action is urgently needed to help those most at risk.

Dr Sarah Cassidy from Coventry University cites a clinical study she led in 2014 — also

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Sciencedaily.com: Health care process a roadblock for adolescents with autism and their caregivers

For most people, trips to the doctor can be quite scary. For adolescents and young adults with autism, taking control of health care decisions is not only frightening, it also can be a barrier to independence. Now researchers from the University of Missouri have found that the health care process not only impacts adolescents with autism, but caregivers also feel they lack the skills and support necessary to help those adolescents achieve health-related independence. As

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Sciencedaily.com: Researchers closer to cracking neural code of love

A team of neuroscientists from Emory University’s Silvio O. Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition has discovered a key connection between areas of the adult female prairie vole’s brain reward system that promotes the emergence of pair bonds. Results from this study, could help efforts to improve social abilities in human disorders with impaired social function, such as autism. In addition to the online posting, the study is expected to be in the June

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Sciencedaily.com: Study could help explain link between seizures and psychiatric disorders

In a new study published in Cell Reports, scientists at the Gladstone Institutes identified different types of neurons in a brain region called the reticular thalamus. A better understanding of these cells could eventually help explain how both seizures and certain psychiatric disorders can occur at the same time.

Most sensory information from the outside world — including sight, touch and sound — is collected in a region of the brain called the thalamus. The

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Sciencedaily.com: Hospitalization risk factors for kids with autism identified

Children or teens with autism spectrum disorders often come to hospitals when behavioral episodes overwhelm the support that caregivers can provide at home — but resources at hospitals are sometimes limited, too, says clinical psychologist and researcher Giulia Righi. With that reality in mind, Righi led a new study to identify which factors put young people with autism at especially high risk of seeking inpatient psychiatric care.

“The demand is far greater than the number

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Sciencedaily.com: Neuroimaging technique may help predict autism among high-risk infants

Functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (fcMRI) may predict which high-risk, 6-month old infants will develop autism spectrum disorder by age 2 years, according to a study funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), two components of the National Institutes of Health. The study is published in the June 7, 2017, issue of Science Translational Medicine.

Autism affects roughly 1

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Buffalonews.com: For truck-loving Akron boy, a birthday dream comes true

Buffalonews.com: For truck-loving Akron boy, a birthday dream comes true

He sat perched on his father’s shoulders as they rolled in, all in gleaming black, blue, red, gray, and white.

By the time the 17 jacked-up trucks and Jeeps had parked outside his family’s Akron home Sunday, little Teddy DeGolier was squealing.

It was Teddy’s 5th birthday party, and this was his surprise: a group of good Samaritans putting on a show for the monster truck–loving boy, who has moderate-to-severe autism.

When his dad, also

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Buffalonews.com: Adaptive kayaking removes barriers to enjoying the water

Buffalonews.com: Adaptive kayaking removes barriers to enjoying the water

Terri Rozewicz wanted her 14-year-old daughter, Sam, to get out on the lake and get some fresh air.

It was the first time being in a kayak for Sam, who has Asperger’s syndrome, and even the video game enthusiast had to admit in the end it was “pretty fun.”

Taylor Dunford, who is 17 and on the autism spectrum, went kayaking when she was a little girl. So the chance to paddle out in a tandem

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Wnyt.com: Autism Action Day held at Via Aquarium

Wnyt.com: Autism Action Day held at Via Aquarium

Santabarbara says sensory issues can often cause families of people with Autism to miss out on certain things.

“We’ve accommodated that today, and we hope to see more of this in the community, not just the aquarium,” Santabarbara said. “We hope this will inspire others to do the same, so that families are not blocked out.”

The changes included lowering the lights and getting rid of lines.

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Villages-news.com: Villager sentenced in sexual assault of autistic man at Publix parking lot in The Villages

Villages-news.com: Villager sentenced in sexual assault of autistic man at Publix parking lot in The Villages

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A 72-year-old Villager has been sentenced in the sexual assault an autistic man in a Publix parking lot in The Villages.

Edmund Peter Rossy of the Village of El Cortez was arrested Jan. 28, 2016 by Sumter County sheriff’s deputies after approaching the victim Jan. 19, 2016 in the parking lot of Publix at Spanish Plaines Plaza.

The victim said an older man lured him into the car, proceeded through the parking

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