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Johns Hopkins Scientists Present Findings at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting

1) A Blood Pressure Hormone Implicated in Psychosis 2) Nutrient Deficiency Linked to Brain Wasting in Huntington’s Disease 3) Autistic Mice Become Social with Drug Treatment

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The Medical Minute: Growing Services for Adults with Autism ‘a Pressing Priority’

In the early 1990s, autism awareness kicked into high gear, and Pennsylvania responded by developing programs and services to meet the needs of newly diagnosed children. Now, those children have become young adults, and the medical community faces its next challenge – how to serve adults with autism.

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Pennsylvania Autism Census Highlights Dramatic Increase in Numbers

Pennsylvania’s Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training Collaborative (ASERT) has released the Pennsylvania Autism Census Update for 2014. The original Pennsylvania Autism Census released in 2009 identified almost 20,000 individuals with autism receiving services across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The 2014 Pennsylvania Autism Census Update now estimates that there are over 55,000 children and adults with autism receiving services, which is almost triple the number initially identified.

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The Backwards Brain? New TSRI Study Shows How Brain Maps Develop to Help Us Perceive the World

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Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute reveal that physically moving forward actually trains the brain to perceive the world normally. The findings also show that, the order in which we see things could help the brain calibrate how we perceive time, as well as the objects around us.

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Avoid Meltdowns This Holiday Season: USciences Prof Shares Tips for Families of Children with Autism

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Holidays with family can be dicey under the best of circumstances; but when children with special needs are involved, some care must be taken, said occupational therapy professor Dr. Varleisha Gibbs at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

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Multiple Models Reveal New Genetic Links in Autism

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With the help of mouse models, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and the “tooth fairy,” researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have implicated a new gene in idiopathic or non-syndromic autism.

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State-of-the-Art Autism Education Center Reaching New Heights

The Burkhart Center at Texas Tech University teaches life skills to students with autism and provides education and support to teachers and families. It provides critical services for those affected with autism spectrum disorders in largely rural West Texas.

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Brain Changes Linked to Prematurity May Explain Risk of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

In a study published online this week by the journal Brain Structure and Function, the identification of neuroanatomical changes related to prematurity helps explain what brain structure and circuitry are affected, and may lead to designing effective prevention strategies and early interventional treatments for cognitive disabilities.

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Study Finds Parent Intervention Is Best for Helping Toddlers with Autism

For the first time, toddlers with autism have demonstrated significant improvement after intensive intervention by parents rather than clinicians, according to a new Florida State University study published online in the journal Pediatrics.

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Dozens of Genes Associated with Autism in New Research

Two major genetic studies of autism, led in part by UC San Francisco scientists and involving more than 50 laboratories worldwide, have newly implicated dozens of genes in the disorder. The research shows that rare mutations in these genes affect communication networks in the brain and compromise fundamental biological mechanisms that govern whether, when, and how genes are activated overall.

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