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Leading Children’s Health Physician-Scientists Present Research at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting

Leading experts in child health from the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine will present research at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS), April 30 – May 3 in Baltimore.

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GI Problems in Autism May Originate in Genes, Study Suggests

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Columbia University researchers have found evidence in mice that, for some types of autism, gastrointestinal problems may originate from the same genetic changes that lead to the behavioral and social characteristics of the condition.

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UC San Diego Researchers Join Largest Autism Study Ever in United States

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Autism experts at University of California San Diego Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) at the School of Medicine will be part of the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States – an effort to collect information and DNA from 50,000 individuals, ages 3 to 100, with the neurodevelopmental disorder.

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Researchers Identify New Way to Measure Autism in Boys

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Researchers have developed a new method to map and track the function of brain circuits affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in boys using brain imaging.

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Researchers Pinpoint Part of the Brain That Recognizes Facial Expressions

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Researchers at The Ohio State University have pinpointed the area of the brain responsible for recognizing human facial expressions.

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Hartwell Foundation Names CWRU Among Its Top 10 Biomedical Research Centers; Grants Individual Biomedical Research Award to School of Medicine Autism Researcher

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The Hartwell Foundation, a Memphis-based philanthropic institution committed to funding innovative biomedical pediatrics research, has named Case Western Reserve University among its national Top 10 Centers of Biomedical Research.

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April Is Autism Awareness Month

Mount Sinai experts are available during April's Autism Awareness month to offer tips on early detection and treatment

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Autism Awareness Month Experts Available for Interviews

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Two autism experts from the UC Davis MIND Institute are available for interviews during Autism Awareness Month

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Study Discovers Link Between Cancer and Autism

A group of University of Iowa researchers has shown that although patients who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a higher burden of mutations in cancer-promoting oncogenes, they actually have lower rates of cancer.

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Understanding Genes Linked to Autism-Relevant Behavior in High-Risk Siblings

UM College of Arts & Sciences psychology researchers find that dopamine genes could shine a light on early communication.

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For Parents of Autistic Children, More Social Support Means Better Health

About one in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their parents consistently report greater stress levels, caregiving burden and depression than parents of typically developing children. Chronic caregiving stress has also been associated with poorer physical health — more pain, more disruptions from physical-health problems and lower overall health-related quality of life. One powerful way to reduce their stress: social support.

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For #AutismAwareness Month, @UofSC Researchers Available to Discuss Many Topics Related to #Autism

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Experts from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Available to Discuss New CDC Prevalence Data, Autism Treatment & Research During Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month

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New Study Adds Key Piece to Autism Puzzle

The first study to use eye-tracker technology to monitor eye movement of children with autism spectrum disorder shows that children with the developmental disorder fixate longer on a speaker’s mouth rather than the eyes when the conversation turns emotional.

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The Autism Lifecycle

Even though autism diagnoses were first introduced over 75 years ago, many people still associate the condition with young children. But autism is aging. Experts estimate that approximately 50,000 individuals with autism enter adulthood each year. And with their entrance to adulthood, they lose access to many services they’ve come to rely on for support.

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GW Experts Available to Comment for Autism Awareness Month

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Can A Robot Help Children With Autism?

Professor Chung-Hyuk Park at GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is using a robot to help kids with autism learn how to navigate difficult social situations. The basis of the research by Dr. Park is that kids with autism tend to bond with computers more easily than humans, so we can use this knowledge to help them learn how to regulate their emotions. The robot encounters situations that kids with autism may have trouble handling, like loud music, bright lights or strong smells. The robot then tries to communicate what it needs to be more comfortable, such as asking someone to turn down the music, shut off the lights or move the pungent flowers to the other side of the room. The hope is that kids with autism will mimic the robot's behaviors, helping them to manage a social situation rather than struggle to communicate the problem.

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U.S. Autism Rate Unchanged in New CDC Report

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health contributed to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that finds the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) largely unchanged from two years ago, at one in 68 children (or 1.46 percent).

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UCR Experts Available to Speak About Autism Spectrum Disorder