Recent Research Autism / 2016

Recently I wandered off the track – a “painful” vacation in Archaeo-Anthro World. Like the TV travel ad says: You thought you booked a flight to Athens, Greece, but ended up in Athens, Georgia. (No offense to Georgia intended.)

Ouch! How do the people who become Archaeologists and Anthropologists manage to turn the incredibly fascinating story of human development into such crushing drudgery? No one is every going to understand humanity by counting pot shards and passing off anything truly interesting as supernatural belief, religious ritual and “symbolic stuff.” One gets the feeling that what these individuals really enjoy is sorting out bits of bone or ceramics, and they are not actually interested in “the rest of the story”.

Either that, or our ancestors were all incredibly boring people, except those that left behind fabulous accumulations of gold loot.

Enough of that: This morning I thought I’d catch up on anything new in ASD World.   OMG! Below is just one list – It looks like a funding BOOM is supporting more and more worthless studies. Note the rampant use of the meaningless weasel-words “risk” “autism-like” “possibility” “may help” “more likely” “less likely” “develop poorly” “sheds new light” “novel” “uncovers”


It’s miracle if studies today even show correlation – Correlation is the new politically correct term for COINCIDENTAL, ACCIDENTAL, FUDGED, IMAGINARY


“The latest autism research from prestigious universities and journals throughout the world.”

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause considerable social, communication and behavioral challenges. People with ASD often have issues with social, emotional, and communication skills. They might repeat certain behaviors and might not be comfortable with change occurring in their daily activities. Many people with ASD also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things. There is currently no cure for ASD. However, research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child’s development.

  • What is Autism? Learn all about Autism, a lifelong neural developmental disability. Find out about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment options for autism.
  • What Is Asperger’s Syndrome? Learn all about Asperger’s syndrome, the developmental disorder that impacts on an individual’s ability to communicate and socialize. We look at the causes, symptoms and treatments.
  • Labor induction: No association with autism Contrary to a previous study, new research from more than 1.3 million births concludes that there is no association between labor induction and autism.25 Jul 2016
  • Acetaminophen use in pregnancy linked to autism, ADHD in offspring Researchers find children born to mothers who used acetaminophen during pregnancy may be more likely to develop symptoms of autism or ADHD.4 Jul 2016
  • Specific gut bacteria reverse autism-like behavior in mice. Could autistic traits be partially controlled by the bacteria in our guts? New research demonstrates that this is a genuine possibility.17 Jun 2016
  • Links between autism and epilepsy deepen. New research shows that having a first-degree relative with epilepsy significantly increases the risk of being diagnosed with autism.16 Jun 2016
  • Brain activity differs between men and women when cooperating. In a cooperation task, researchers identified differences in the brain activity of men and women – even though they performed equally as well. 11 Jun 2016
  • Stress in pregnancy and autism: New gene-stress interaction uncovered A new study uncovers a genetic variant that may predispose pregnant women to higher risks for offspring with autism; further investigation is warranted.8 Jun 2016
  • Autism patients have more cancer gene mutations but lower cancer riskDespite patients with autism having more cancer-related gene mutations than those without autism, they are less likely to develop the disease, a new study suggests.17 Apr 2016
  • DiGeorge Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment. Learn about DiGeorge syndrome, also known as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a chromosomal disorder that causes several body systems to develop poorly.6 Apr 2016                       

New neurons reveal clues about an individual’s autism 11 Jul 2016

  • Neuroscience study identifies new trigger mechanism for fragile X syndrome in mice 7 Jul 2016
  • Prenatal exposure to paracetamol may increase autism spectrum and hyperactivity symptoms in children 4 Jul 2016
  • New brain map could enable novel therapies for autism and Huntington’s disease 21 Jun 2016
  • Mouse study suggests autism is not just a disease of the brain 10 Jun 2016
  • Risk of autism with intellectual disability linked with maternal immune dysfunction during pregnancy 8 Jun 2016
  • Novel mouse model sheds new light on autism spectrum disorder 2 Jun 2016
  • Autism care improved, diagnosis time shortened by new MU program 1 Jun 2016
  • Antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy: Folic acid could help to prevent autism 1 Jun 2016
  • A new genetic player in autism 27 May 2016
  • Neuroscientists illuminate role of autism-linked gene 26 May 2016
  • Can telehealth fill gap in autism services? 25 May 2016
  • Colours of autism spectrum described by CanChild researchers 19 May 2016
  • Children with autism learn new words much like others do, study finds 4 May 2016
  • Autism and cancer share a remarkable number of risk genes in common 4 May 2016
  • Origin of synaptic pruning process linked to learning, autism and schizophrenia identified 3 May 2016
  • One-third of autistic children likely to wander, disappear 2 May 2016
  • Children are diagnosed with autism at younger ages since push for universal screening 2 May 2016
  • Study may explain gene’s role in major psychiatric disorders 27 Apr 2016
  • GI problems in autism may originate in genes, study suggests 26 Apr 2016
  • Review assesses published research on brain changes associated with autism 22 Apr 2016
  • Scientist models Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome in adult stem cells 21 Apr 2016
  • Brain scan method may help detect autism 15 Apr 2016
  • Improved brain mapping tool 20 times more powerful than previous version 15 Apr 2016
  • UI researchers find benefits to using telehealth with ASD families 13 Apr 2016
  • Neuronal structures associated with memory sprout in response to novel molecules 12 Apr 2016
  • Whites receive more state funding for autism services than other racial/ethnic groups in California 11 Apr 2016
  • For parents of autistic children, more social support means better health 7 Apr 2016
  • Brain responses found to originate from previously unknown source 7 Apr 2016
  • Review examines functioning, disability, and health in patients with autism spectrum disorder 5 Apr 2016
  • New study adds key piece to autism puzzle 5 Apr 2016
  • CDC estimates 1 in 68 school-aged children have autism; no change from previous estimate 31 Mar 2016
  • Remote eye gaze tracking as a marker for autism 31 Mar 2016
  • “Cancer gene” twice as likely to be defective in children with autism 31 Mar 2016
  • Fungicides trigger autism-related gene expression changes in mice 31 Mar 2016
  • Study: Autism intervention studies lack diversity 29 Mar 2016
  • “I care for you”, says the autistic moral brain 29 Mar 2016
  • Genetic changes that cause autism are more diverse than previously thought 29 Mar 2016
  • Neuron type-specific gene loss linked to Angelman syndrome seizures 28 Mar 2016




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