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Pets may relieve stress for parents of kids with autism

New York: Researchers have found that a family pet can lead to strong bonds and reduced stress for both children with autism and their parents. According to the study, parents of children with autism report higher levels of stress on average than parents of typically developing kids. “Some kids with autism have specific sensitivities, so […]

Researchers Discover 102 Genes Associated With Autism

New York: In the largest genetic sequencing study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to date, researchers have identified 102 genes associated with risk for autism. The discovery shows significant progress towards teasing apart the genes associated with autism from those associated with intellectual disability and developmental delay, conditions which often overlap. According to the World […]

One-Fourth Of Kids With Autism Are Undiagnosed

New York: Researchers have found that one-fourth of children under age 8 with autism spectrum disorder are not being diagnosed, which is critical for improving quality of life. The findings, published in the journal Autism Research, show that despite growing awareness about autism, it is still under-diagnosed, particularly in the black and Hispanic people in the […]

Autism Symptoms' Severity Varies Greatly Among Twins

Washington: Identical twins with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often experience large differences in symptom severity even though they share the same DNA, researchers from Washington University have found. The findings, published in the journal Behaviour Genetics, suggest that identifying the causes of this variability may inform the treatment of ASD-related symptoms. Autism spectrum disorder is […]

Morning Sickness Can Lead To Autism Risk In Kids, Know Why

New York: Children whose mothers had hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness, during pregnancy were 53 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, a study said. Hyperemesis gravidarum occurs in less than five per cent of pregnancies. Affected women experience intense nausea and are unable to keep down […]

Amazon India To Train Individuals With Autism

Bengaluru: Amazon India on Thursday announced its partnership with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) – Sol’s ARC – to launch an industry first pilot programme to train young adults with autism and intellectual disabilities. This programme will enable their successful integration into the workforce and help them gain financial independence. Amazon.in will work closely with Sol’s […]

High levels of oestrogen in the womb linked to autism

London: Researchers have identified a link between exposure to high levels of oestrogen sex hormones in the womb and the likelihood of developing autism. Published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the discovery adds further evidence to support the prenatal sex steroid theory of autism first proposed 20 years ago. In 2015, the researchers measured the […]

AI detects new class of genetic mutations behind autism

New York: Using Artificial Intelligence (AI), researchers have discovered new genetic flaws that contribute to autism in people. Most previous research on the genetic basis of disease has focused on the 20,000 known genes and the surrounding sections of DNA that regulate those genes. However, even this enormous amount of genetic information makes up only […]

Autistic children more likely to face maltreatment, claims study

New York: Parents, take note. If your child is suffering from autism spectrum disorder (ASD) then you have to be more cautious, as a new study has suggested they are more likely to face maltreatment than normal children. The study, published is the journal Autism, found that children with ASD were nearly 2.5 times more […]

Kids with autism 50% more likely to be obese: Study

New York: Children with developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), are up to 50 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese compared with the general population, a study says. Among children with ASD, those with a higher degree of impairment and more severe symptoms were at even greater risk of developing obesity […]

Prenatal Tdap vaccination does not increase autism risk: Study

New York: Administering Tdap vaccination — tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis — to pregnant women may not increase children’s risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, claims a study of more than 80,000 children born. The study showed that the autism spectrum disorder rate in children was 1.5 per cent in the maternal Tdap vaccinated group and […]

World Autism Day members of Bharat Scouts and Guides on a campaign march across Patha Utsav
Fertility treatments may up autism risk in children

Jerusalem: Be cautious while planning fertility treatment as it may increase the risk of autism in your child, a new study has found. The researchers found that the odds of having a child on the autistic spectrum for those who underwent fertility treatments were 1.5 times higher than those who opted out of it, in […]

Women's Polycystic Ovary Syndrome may increase risk of autism in newborns

London: Children born to women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) may be more likely to develop autism, according to a study. PCOS is a condition caused by high testosterone which results in delayed onset of puberty, irregular menstrual cycles, and excess bodily hair. Previous studies had shown that autistic children have elevated levels of “sex […]

Prolonged paracetamol use in pregnancy may up autism risk

New York: Long-term use of paracetamol during pregnancy is associated with the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), a study has found. Previous studies showed that long-term administration of low doses of paracetamol also known as acetaminophen may affect the development of the fetal nervous system. […]

Autism, schizophrenia share gene activity in brain

New York: Researchers have found that certain psychiatric disorders like autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder share some physical characteristics at the molecular level, specifically, patterns of gene expression in the brain. The findings, published in the journal Science, raise hope for better diagnosis and therapies for people with major psychiatric disorders. “These findings provide a […]

Video games may improve posture in autistic kids

New York: Children who suffer from autism often have difficulty in maintaining a normal posture and position. But video games might help these children and enable them to improve their balance. Autism is a lifelong neuro-developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, impaired verbal and non-verbal communication and restricted and repetitive behaviour. The study, published […]

Autism people more prone to suicide

London: Persons with traits of autism are more likely to end their lives then the normal persons as they feel neglected by the society and always remain depressed, researches said. However, study says promotion of social inclusion and independence could save lives. “This is a shocking wake-up call for society. When a significant section of […]

Bacterial infection in pregnancy may up autism risk in kids

New York: Babies born to mothers who experience a bacterial infection severe enough to require hospitalisation during pregnancy may be at higher risk of developing autism, a study has found. The study, conducted on mice, revealed that the composition of bacterial populations in the mother’s digestive tract can influence whether maternal infection leads to repetitive behaviour […]

World Autism Awareness Day: Let's pledge to accept them and show support

‘If they cannot learn what we teach, let’s teach them the way they learn.’ The World has united to celebrate the diversity. On April 2, the World Autism Awareness Day was observed to create awareness about autistic persons and acceptance of their presence. While a normal baby smiles if someone looks at him/her, tries to […]

World Autism Day members of Bharat Scouts and Guides on a campaign march across Patha Utsav
Patha Utsav Highlights Mental Health Issues

Bhubaneswar: In an attempt to spread awareness on mental illness disorder, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday observed ‘Patha Utsav’ highlighting the psychiatric and traumatic issues afflicting the ‘stressed’ urban dwellers. We observed today’s ‘Patha Utsav’ in a different way as it coincided with worldwide observance of international Autism day. An awareness campaign was launched […]

Google Glass can help people with autism

New York: A few enhancements and a piece of software will make the eye-wearable device Google Glass ready to help people with autism, media reported. Autism, a developmental disability, is known to cause communication and behavioural challenges. This software has been designed to help those with autism make eye contact, engage in conversations and more […]

Human trial to assess efficacy of autism drug treatment

New York: A clinical trial to investigate the safety and efficacy of a drug therapy for autism has been launched in the US, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has said in a statement. The phase 1 clinical trial, which is recruiting 20 participants, will evaluate suramin a century-old drug still used for […]

Dietary supplements may harm kids with autism

Washington: Researchers have shown that dietary supplements are not good for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as it may result in both insufficient and excessive nutrients. As such children are picky eaters, sometimes parents of children with ASD try nutritional supplements and dietary regimens such as gluten-free and casein-free (GFCF) diets without professional supervision. […]