Autism in the News

New Research on Autism Treatment

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New research is investigating a relatively simple treatment for a rare form of autism caused by a gene mutation that results in deficiencies in amino acids. Take a look. http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/certain-amino-acids-may-relieve-rare-form-autism

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Oxytocin and Autism

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We posted an article recently about a pilot study that showed positive social changes in people with autism after nasal administration of oxytocin. Now a large clinical trial will test the safety and effectiveness of oxytocin nasal spray to improve sociability and communication in children and teens with autism.  Check out the article at Autism

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The Early Start Denver Model

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A new study published online today shows that an intensive early intervention for very young children with autism, known as ESDM, normalized the brain activity of the children in the study. Take a look! http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/mindinstitute/7079

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Elopement and Autism Spectrum Disorders

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A recent study reports that nearly half of children with autism over the age of 4 wander or bolt from safe places. It also indicates that many of these children end up in dangerous situations, elopement is not the result of inattentive parenting, and parents of children with autism require more support for addressing this

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Developmental Delays Often Undiagnosed in HIspanic Children

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A recent study published in the journal Autism found that developmental delays, including autism, are often undiagnosed in Hispanic children. This research underscores the need for public health awareness initiatives for this population.  Here is the article: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/mindinstitute/6903

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Autism and Immune Disorders

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Here is the opinion article published in the NY Times about the link between autism and immune disorders. This connection is being investigated by researchers associated with Autism Speaks and the MIND Institute, as well as others.  Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/opinion/sunday/immune-disorders-and-autism.html?_r=2&src=recg&

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UC David MIND Institute Research

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New research shows how one gene can impact how neurons use energy and result in social differences and repetitive behavior, like those seen in autism. This information is useful for developing medications to help treat autism. Take a look. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/mindinstitute/6866

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