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Blood Test May Shed New Light on Fragile X Related Disorders

A blood test may shed new light on Fragile X syndrome related disorders in women, according to a new study published in the March 25, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Fragile X is the most common inherited form of intellectual disability and the most frequent genetic cause of autism.

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New Autism-Causing Genetic Variant Identified

Using a novel approach that homes in on rare families severely affected by autism, a Johns Hopkins-led team of researchers has identified a new genetic cause of the disease. The rare genetic variant offers important insights into the root causes of autism, the researchers say. And, they suggest, their unconventional method can be used to identify other genetic causes of autism and other complex genetic conditions.

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USciences Students Assist Philly's Public Transit Travelers with Cognitive Disabilities

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Aspiring occupational therapists at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia have spent the past three months assisting public transit travelers with disabilities.

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Child with Autism Unexpectedly Improves with Antibiotic. Prompts New Investigations Into Autism

Notice of article appearing in special issue of dedicated to autism and microbiome of scientific journal. Author is a parent of a child with autism that improved following antibiotic. Article describes case and reviews recent literature suggesting high likelihood of link between autism and microbiome

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Families, Experts, Peer Leaders Gather at CHOP for Guidance on the Transition to College for Teens With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Last Monday, more than 200 young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), their parents and autism support professionals gathered for a free, half-day presentation and Q&A panel hosted by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research (CAR) to support families considering life after high school, and the possibilities for higher education.

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Guiding Parents of Autistic Children Through the Medical Maze

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A new book by a Rutgers pediatric neurologist and geneticist uses plain language to help parents of children on the autism spectrum maximize their office visits

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Blood-Based Genetic Biomarkers Identify Young Boys with Autism

In a study published in the current online issue of JAMA Psychiatry, an international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, report finding a highly accurate blood-based measure that could lead to development of a clinical test for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) risk in males as young as one to two years old. The test could be done in community pediatric settings.

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Autism Detection Improved by Multimodal Neuroimaging

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Combined measurements of brain anatomy, connectivity and neurochemistry distinguish autism spectrum disorder subjects from controls

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Rowan University Study Links BPA Exposure to Autism Spectrum Disorder

A newly published study is the first to report an association between bisphenol-A (BPA), a common plasticizer used in a variety of consumer food and beverage containers, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children.

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New Study Shows Decreased Aggressive Behavior Toward Strangers in Autism Spectrum Disorder Model

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Much speculation has occurred in the media over possible heightened aggression in those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. A study by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute found no evidence of increased aggressive behavior toward strangers in an animal model of the condition.