Sniff test may be an early detector of autism

Researchers in Israel have figured out that children with autism can't make adjustments to restrict airflow to their nose when inhaling something that smell bad. They sniff the same way whether something smells good or bad.Why? Sniffing is an internal action model (IAM), something that people with autism have that impairs sensory and motor coordination....more

Autism symptoms may be influenced by GI content

A new study using mice has found that dietary glycemic index could play a major role on autism symptoms.In the study, researchers found that mice (specially bred to have autism) following a high-GI diet exhibited the expected symptoms of autism, including repetitive actions and impaired social interactions.The mice also had less doublecortin in their brains; especially the region associated with memory. This is a protein indicator of newly developing neurons. ...more

Why girls often get diagnosed with autism later than boys

If you have a daughter (or other female relative) who is on the autism spectrum, you can probably figure out why girls often get diagnosed later than boys.A team of researchers at the Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger analyzed data from thousands of children with ASD and found that the symptoms differ by gender. Specifically:1. Girls struggled more with the ability to interpret social cues (though boys ages 10-15 were more likely than girls the same age to struggle with them)....more

Autism improved by antiobiotics in some children

A man named John Rodakis saw significant improvements in his son's autism symptoms within 4 days of taking a 10-day course of amoxicillin.According to the father, the boy:1. started making eye contact (which he had previously avoided)2. had markedly improved speech (which was severely delayed)3. became less "rigid" in his demands to keep routines and sameness 4. had an enormous amount of energy, which he had "historically lacked"...more

New discovery in autism and language development differences

Why do some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) go on to develop good language and conversation skills but others don't? That's a question scientists wanted to answer.Researchers at the autism center of excellence, which is part of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, studied 60 infants and toddlers with ASD and 43 that did not have it (control group).They used natural sleep fMRI methods to look at the kids' brain activity while they listened to excerpts from children's stories. ...more

The skinny on autism: The top 7 things you really need to know

 Autism has been a hot topic for the past several years. Like any other topic in the spotlight of the media, there is a ton of information out there about autism- some of which is great (and when I say great, I mean valid) and some of which is not so great (Ahem… untrue)....more

Exposure to environmental pollution in first 2 years of life is linked to greater autism risk

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health found that kids who were "highly exposed" to styrene and chromium (two specific air pollutants) while in utero or before age 2 were twice as likely to have autism.This is on the heels of another study from earlier this year that found that pregnant women exposed to pesticides were more likely to have kids with autism....more

If your son has delayed language skills, read this

A new study from the University of Cambridge has found that language delays in males often correlate with smaller brain volumes in certain regions. These regions include the temporal lobe, insula and ventral basal ganglia.On the flip side, the study found that men who had delayed language onset as a child had larger brainstem structures than men without the delays....more

Treating infants with autism may prevent further symptoms

It's a pretty big claim, but one that Infant Start developer Sally J. Rogers stands by.The theory was that the sooner therapy begins, the better the chances of preventing the full onset of symptoms. In this case, the therapy/treatment is provided at home and focuses on interactions between the parent and child during everday routines. ...more

New study on autism and driving

Have you ever been curious what it's like to be on the autism scale and driving? A new study gives us some very interesting insight from this perspective. Researchers at Drexel had adults on the ASD (and a non-ASD control group) do self-resporting on their driving experience. Here's what they found:- Adults on the autism spectrum earned their drivers' licenses at a later age- Adults on the autism spectrum drove less frequently...more