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Patienttalk.org: People with autism have 'unique' brain patterns

Patienttalk.org: People with autism have 'unique' brain patterns

Autism and brain patterns

“The brains of people diagnosed with autism are ‘uniquely synchronised’,” the Mail Online reports.

Researchers used brain scans to study the brain activity of people with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and found distinct and differing patterns of connectivity in adults with high-functioning ASD compared with adults

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Patienttalk.org: Children who live where there is heavy rainfall could be more likely to develop autism according to media reports

Patienttalk.org: Children who live where there is heavy rainfall could be more likely to develop autism according to media reports

Rainfall and autism

Children who live where there is heavy rainfall could be more likely to develop autism, according to media reports today. The Daily Telegraph said that researchers believe rain could be an “environmental trigger” for the condition, that makes “susceptible” children develop autism symptoms.

This study looked at annual rainfall in three

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Patienttalk.org: Tag: Autism prevalence and socioeconomic status

Patienttalk.org: Tag: Autism prevalence and socioeconomic status

Autism prevalence and socioeconomic status

Fascinating article from The Medical Express

“Children living in neighborhoods where incomes are low and fewer adults have bachelor’s degrees are less likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder compared to kids from more affluent neighborhoods.

The finding is part of a new multi-institution study

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Patienttalk.org: Testosterone linked to autism

Patienttalk.org: Testosterone linked to autism

Testosterone linked to autism

“A prenatal screening test for autism comes closer today,” says The Guardian. It reports that scientists have found links between high testosterone levels in the womb and autistic traits in children. It says this could lead to tests that can identify autistic children before birth.

The findings are

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Patienttalk.org: Nowhere To Go: Young People With Severe Autism Languish In Hospitals

Patienttalk.org: Nowhere To Go: Young People With Severe Autism Languish In Hospitals

Autism and Teens in HospitalTeenagers 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.

These young people — who may shout for hours, bang their heads on

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Patienttalk.org: Autism and ADHD associated with video game 'addiction'. Is this true in your experience?

Patienttalk.org: Autism and ADHD associated with video game 'addiction'. Is this true in your experience?

Autism and computer games

“Children with autism or ADHD spend twice as much time playing video games and are more likely to become addicted to them,” the Mail Online reports.

Research has previously suggested that children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at risk for problematic video game

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Patienttalk.org: Autism-related genes linked to cognitive ability. Are autistic people more intelligent?

Patienttalk.org: Autism-related genes linked to cognitive ability. Are autistic people more intelligent?

Autism-related genes linked to cognitive ability

“Autism is linked to higher intelligence,” the Mail Online reports. A new study found evidence that certain genetic variations associated with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) were linked to greater cognitive ability in non-autistic individuals.

Researchers looked at the DNA of more than 10,000 people in

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Patienttalk.org: Is road traffic pollution really a cause of autism? Check out this controversial research

Patienttalk.org: Is road traffic pollution really a cause of autism? Check out this controversial research

Is road traffic pollution really a cause of autism?

[Original article on NHS Choices website]

“Severe air pollution ‘can double risk of having autistic child’,” reports The Times.

If you’re a parent-to-be you shouldn’t be unduly worried by this story, as the science it’s based on cannot and does

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Patienttalk.org: Most Autism Cases Can Be Explained by Faulty Genes, New Research Confirms

Patienttalk.org: Most Autism Cases Can Be Explained by Faulty Genes, New Research Confirms

Genetics and autism

Just read this fascinating article in Science Alert.  They say

“A fresh look at data from earlier research has reaffirmed what many researchers had thought – autism is primarily in the genes.

Other studies have shown autism spectrum disorder (ASD) tends to cluster in families and is associated with particular genes,

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Patienttalk.org: Autism Aquatic Therapy – find out how it worked for one child here

Patienttalk.org: Autism Aquatic Therapy – find out how it worked for one child here

Autism Aquatic Therapy: Isabella’s Story

When she was 2 years old, Isabella was diagnosed with autism after she had suddenly stopped speaking. Since then, her mother has been taking her to the Autism program at the Nicklaus Children’s Dan Marino Outpatient Center in Weston, Florida, for treatment including Aquatic

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Patienttalk.org: Autism: See the Potential – Check out this amazing introduction to autism

Patienttalk.org: Autism: See the Potential – Check out this amazing introduction to autism

Autism: See the Potential

This video, which features the incredible Michael McCreary, is a wonderful introduction to autism . The video was created to support customer service professionals when they provide services or support to people with autism; however the positive response from the general public has been overwhelming.

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