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By On February 8th, 2017

Researchers Find Traits Linked To Autism in Women With Anorexia

Anorexia is a severe disorder that can have a lasting effect on a person’s body. It can also have a long-term impact on the mind, according to a new study from Sahlgrenska Academy. The report indicates that women with anorexia also display traits associated with autism, even after they have recovered from the eating disorder.…

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By On March 19th, 2014

Killer Empathy

After reading Andrew Solomon’s recent piece in the New Yorker, “The Reckoning,” detailing his interview with Peter Lanza, I sat and reflected on empathy.  I will come back to Solomon’s moving interview with Lanza, the father of Adam Lanza who killed his mother, 6 adults, 20 children and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Recently,…

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By On August 5th, 2013

Autism Can Be Identified By Chemical Changes in Brain

Researchers may have a new way to diagnose autism spectrum disorders (ASD), as they have discovered children with ASD between the ages of 3 and 10 undergo chemical changes in their brain distinguishable from children with other developmental disorders. Specifically, MedPage Today reports concentrations of N-acetylaspartate, which plays important roles in several functions, rises over…

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By On May 20th, 2013

Ketamine Remains A Promising Treatment Option

Ketamine, an anesthetic agent, has been the jumping off point for a number of studies in the past few months. Researchers have theorized that it can be helpful in a number of psychiatric disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and even some forms of autism. John Gever, of MedPage Today, reports that the drug is…

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By On May 9th, 2013

Neurological Differences Observed In Autistic Brains

Some of the most intriguing and potentially influential research currently being conducted on autism centers around the question of how the autistic brain differs from that of a typical individual. One such study was recently concluded at Kanazawa University in Japan that focused on impairments in the anterior prefrontal cortex (aPFC) and how they affect the…

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By On April 30th, 2013

Autism And Lyme Disease No Longer Believed To Be Linked

In 2008, a theory was proposed that individuals with autism spectrum disorder had about a 1 in 5 chance of also having Lyme disease. A recent study appearing in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association refutes that claim definitively finding no link between autism and Lyme disease. As Charlene Laino…

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By On April 23rd, 2013

Blood Test For Autism Could Be In The Works

For children with autism, early diagnosis and intervention makes an incredible difference. There’s been much work done to discover new ways to spot at-risk children and give them this advantage of an early diagnosis recently, and as Disability Scoop reports, a clinical trial will soon get underway to find the effectiveness of a blood test…

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By On February 19th, 2013

Disorders Appear Early In Brain Development

In the human brain, the first nerve cells develop in a region called the ‘subplate’. Neurons here act as the foundation for the complex neural connections that will eventually stretch across the brain. It is here, as Alexandra Sifferlin of Time reports, that researchers in England observed that genes linked to autism and schizophrenia are…

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