Iron deficiency and autism

Iron Supplements May Help Expectant Mothers Reduce Autism Risk

By | Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:27

Among some women with low iron, the risk of their children having autism was five times higher than if they had sufficient iron and a healthy metabolism, a study found.

Brain Maze

Autistic Children Have Less Flexible Brains

By | Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:00

The repetitive, inflexible behaviors of children with autism may be linked to inflexible circuits in the brain, according to new research from Stanford.

Autism Gene

How A Mutated Gene May Cause Autism And Intellectual Disability

By | Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:00

The mutation of a single gene may cause autism, intellectual disability, or seizures. A better understanding could lead to new treatments, doctors say.


How One Key Gene Could Cause Brain Disability In Children

By | Tue, 06/10/2014 - 19:00

A single gene mutation has been identified as the cause of a rare disorder resulting in smaller brains. Could the gene also be the key to solving other disorders, including autism?


How Mice With Mohawks Inspired An Autism Discovery

By | Mon, 05/26/2014 - 16:13

A new study using mice with mohawks determined that strange grooming behavior is linked to two important brain signals. Genetic research could someday help balance those signals and alleviate signs of autism.


Jenny McCarthy Shoots Down Rumors That She Changed Her Stance On Vaccines

By | Mon, 01/06/2014 - 15:45

"The View" host, Jenny McCarthy, shot down recent claims that she had changed her controversial stance on vaccinations, which she says cause autism in children.


Autism Gets A Better Screening Tool

By | Mon, 12/23/2013 - 16:01

A commonly used assessment for autism has now been revised and has been proven to spot the developmental disorder with more accuracy and at an earlier age.


Autism Ability To Remember Faces Tied To Oxytocin ‘Love’ Gene

By | Mon, 12/23/2013 - 15:00

Gene mutation in oxytocin receptor tied to facial recognition ability in autistic children.

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Jury's Still Out On Link Between Infants' Gaze And Autism

By | Sat, 12/14/2013 - 16:12

A researcher of cognitive developmental disorders challenges a study that linked the rate of decline in babies' eye contact between the ages of 2 to 6 months to autism spectrum disorder.


Teacher Who Fed Autistic Boy Hot Sauce-Soaked Crayons Rehired By Same School

By | Fri, 12/13/2013 - 17:32

Florida teacher Lillian Gomez was rehired by the same school from which she was fired for allegedly force-feeding hot sauce-soaked crayons to a student with autism.


2013 US Measles Surge Underscores The Dangers Of Anti-Vaccine Campaigns

By | Thu, 12/05/2013 - 18:32

This year's spike in measles infections highlights the public health dangers of anti-vaccine movements and pseudoscience.


Probiotic Therapy Slashes Autism Symptoms In Mice

By | Thu, 12/05/2013 - 12:00

A new type of probiotic therapy may reverse cognitive and behavioral symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorders.

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Does Pollution Cause Autism?

By | Tue, 12/03/2013 - 11:52

A study's assessment of young children found that a certain gene mutation along with prenatal exposure to pollution compounded the likelihood for autism.

Autism 'Risk Genes' Mapped By Function

Autism ‘Risk Genes’ Can Be Mapped By Function

By | Thu, 11/21/2013 - 13:54

Although autism spectrum disorder shares common risk genes with intellectual disability, the two disorders develop distinctly as the brain grows in utero.

Boys on computer

Boys With Autism May Suffer Sleep Issues From Bedroom TVs

By | Wed, 11/20/2013 - 12:55

Bedroom access to screen-based media, such as a TV or computer, may yield sleeping problems for boys with autism.