bullet A Case for Neurobiological Work-up in Autism - Glenn Vatter
bullet A Cognitive Theory of Pretense - by Shaun Nichols, Department of Philosophy, College of Charleston and Stephen Stich, Department of Philosophy and Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers University
bullet A preliminary study of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders in three special hospitals in England by Dougal Julian Hare - Clinical Psychologist, NAS; Judith Gould - Clinical Director, NAS; Richard Mills - Director - NAS Services, and Lorna Wing - Consultant Psychiatrist, NAS. *This work was carried out when working for the National Autistic Society at the Centre for Social and Communication Disorders, Elliot House, Bromley, Kent.

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It already exists within the US Food and Drug Administration - Erick H. Turner is a former clinical reviewer of psy-chotropic drugs at the United States Food and Drug Administration. He is currently the medical director of the Mood Disorders Program at the Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center, assistant professor of psychiatry, and assistant professor of pharmacology and physiology at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, United States of America. E-mail: by Erick H. Turner 

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bullet Addressing the Interface Between Pediatrics and Psychiatry - Shortly after.orgpleting my training in both pediatrics and psychiatry, I spoke with a retired child and adolescent psychiatrist who had invested his career in improving the relationship between pediatrics and psychiatry. As I excitedly told him about plans to focus my own career on the interface between the disciplines, he wistfully stared off into the distance, then respectfully observed, "Hope springs eternal now, doesn't it?" It is no accident that I continue to think of him often. A quick MEDLINE search gives reason for despair--collaboration between pediatrics and psychiatry has been a topic of interest, discussion and annoyance for half a century, not only in the United States, but also in a host of different countries and cultures. Parallel systems of care for pediatric physical and mental health problems persist despite r.orgmendations to better integrate existing research-based knowledge into routine clinical practice (e.g., U.S. Public Health Service, 2000). Yet despite several "botched beginnings" between the disciplines and the imperfect nature of existing knowledge and practice, there truly is reason for hope. Psychiatry and its affiliated disciplines now offer a better product that is increasingly relevant to the pediatricians and family physicians who are being called on to manage youths with mental disorders in traditional medical settings by John V. Campo, M.D. / Psychiatric Times September 2004 Vol. XXI Issue 10
bullet Advanced Scanning Being Used for Autism by By LAURAN NEERGAARD
bullet Aerobics for the brain - 30 minutes of customized mental calisthenics help students ove.orge theirlearning disabilities at a new Toronto private school. LUMA MUHTADIE reports by LUMA MUHTADIE
bullet AMA joins Chicago physicians to urge medical liability reforms REQUIRED IN THE REAL WORLD - APA Press Release
bullet Academic Performance, Career Potential, Creativity, and Job Performance:  Can One Construct Predict Them All?  by Nathan R. Kuncel and Sarah A. Hezlett & Deniz S. Ones Calambrone, Pisa, Italy
bullet Addiction Mechanism Regulates Bonding In Monogamous Animals by Science A Go Go
bullet Advances in diagnosis and treatment of autism, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, fetal brain imaging - Neuroscience and radiology professionals from around the globe demonstrate how imaging technology is key to best practices in medicine by ErurekAlert
bullet American Psychiatric Association Urges Caution, Research & Disclosure on Antidepressants - In oral and written testimony, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) said today at a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hearing that caution, additional research and full disclosure are needed with respect to a group of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. The APA also said that, because a significant minority of children and adolescents with depression do not respond to an initial medication, it is important for physicians and patients to have access to a full range of medications to treat pediatric depression - an illness with significant long-term consequences, including an increased risk for suicide.  Source : Team
bullet An Exciting Way to Raise Kids' IQs - Quick! Sign your children up for weekly piano or voice lessons, and in the space of just nine months their IQs may very well be higher.
bullet An Introduction to the Medical Aspects of Autism
bullet Aping Dr Dolittle / A Japanese researcher reckons he will soon have monkeys.orgmunicating with humans. And, Laura Spinney finds, it could reveal how language evolved. - In a laboratory in Saitama, central Japan, monkeys are behaving strangely. If someone sticks out a tongue, they do the same. If a person goes to unclip the latch on a box, the monkeys follow suit. If they need a rake to reach a piece of fruit, they ask for it with a special call. All of which is confounding experts, because none of it should be possible. Monkeys in the wild rarely ape, and as far as we know, they never, ever, ask for rakes by the Guardian
bullet Are we obsessed with sleep? - The search for a good night's sleep has b.orge an obsession. New sleeping drugs have been developed, mattresses have been redesigned, and the number of sleep clinics in the United States has jumped from 300 in 1995 to 900 in 2005. And it's not just adults that suffer from this nighttime madness - teens, children and the elderly are sleep-deprived, too.
bullet Asperger syndrome: a clinical account by Lorna Wing, from the MRC Social Psychiatry Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, London
bullet Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism: Research Concerns and Emerging Foci - Journal Article
bulletAsperger syndrome: diagnosis and external validity by Klin A, Volkmar FR
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bullet Asperger's Syndrome:Guidelines for Assessment and Diagnosis, Ami Klin, Ph.D. & Fred Volkmar, M.D.
bullet Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism: Research Concerns...Psychopharmacology in Autism Spectrum
bullet Asperger syndrome from childhood into adulthood By Dr.Tom Berney
bullet Aspartame Documentary: "Sweet Misery" now in post production
bullet Author Of Autism Paper Linking Augmentin Use To Increased Incidence Of Autism We.orges Overwhelming Response From Parents Whose Children Experienced Regressive Autism / The author of the seminal paper: Could one of the most widely prescribed antibiotics amoxicillin/clavulanate “AUGMENTIN” be a risk factor for autism? published in Medical Hypotheses January 2005 (64, 312-315) has received thousands of emails, letters and phone calls from parents of children who experienced regressive autism following one or more dosages of Augmentin (amoxicillin/clavulanate). - The author of the seminal paper: Could one of the most widely prescribed antibiotics amoxicillin/clavulanate “AUGMENTIN” be a risk factor for autism? published in Medical Hypotheses January 2005 (64, 312-315) has received thousands of emails, letters and phone calls from parents of children who experienced regressive autism following one or more dosages of Augmentin (amoxicillin/clavulanate). Release
bullet Autism answer could be in face - "Groundbreaking studies into the social interactions of people with autism are taking place in Newcastle through Newcastle University and the Hunter Medical Research Institute," by the Star
bullet Autism antibodies are not genetically determined, as parents do not exhibit them - "Autism produces a widespread range of antibodies that act against brain tissue and one protein in particular seems to be the major target of these antibodies claim a group of scientists in the July issue of the Journal of Neuroimmunology," by Medical Research News
bullet Autism Associations shows CDC and FDA to be negligent - National Autism Association announced Tuesday that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and some pharmaceutical.orgpanies have b.orge a target for investigation in Miscellaneous News
bullet Autism cases exaggerated by paediatricians by The World Today
bullet Autism gene discovered - Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine are first to strongly link a specific gene with autism. While earlier studies have found rare genetic mutations in single families, a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry is the first to identify a gene that increases susceptibility to autism in a broad population in Medical Science News
bullet Autism May Result From Genetic Mish-Mash - Complex Chains of Genetic Events May Explain Autism Paradox.  Autism results from a.orgplex interplay between genes and things that affect gene function, a new theory proposes by Daniel Denoon
bullet Autism Symptoms In Mice Linked To Vaccine Ingredient: Study by Health Talk
bullet Autism Spectrum Disorders: Communication and Language ( PowerPoint Presentation )
Amy M. Wetherby, Dept. of Communication Disorders, Florida State University
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bullet Autism: A context-based Retardation? - The Aetiological Implications of Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA). - John R. Skoyles, Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences, London School of Economics
bullet Autism and Childhood Bipolar: A short history by Donna Williams - Autism Today
bullet Autism and testosterone levels in the womb possible link by Medical News Today
bullet Autism and the Limbic System
bullet Autism - Brain areas Grow too Fast by
bullet Autism: Challenges in Diagnosis and Treatment by Gracia T. Hudson, PA-C, and Diane Dixon, PA-C, MA, MMSc
bullet Autism diagnosis on rise Doctors say odd behavior in many kids, adults is more than a quirk by Karen Gutierrez
bullet Autism in the United States - A Perspective by Dr. Yazab
bullet Autism seen as problem of connections in brains - "The first major research paper to emerge from the studies, published this month in the British journal Brain, suggests that different areas of the brains of autism patients don't work with each other in the coordinated manner necessary for most high-level thinking," by Byron Spice
bullet Autism Spectrum Disorders Ou.orge Study - Portland State University
bullet Autism: Why Do Some Develop Then Regress? - Most children with autism show developmental differences early in life, usually involving their ability to.orgmunicate. But new University of Michigan research examines the 20 to 40 percent of youngsters who appear to develop.orgmunication skills, then regress.  The largest known study of its kind offers a host of new details on autism with regression, including a link between regression and a family history of autoimmune thyroid disease, an association with gastrointestinal symptoms and more findings offering a better picture of autism's causes. Source: University Of Michigan

Autistics' problem 'reading' faces not related to identifying them ... - people with social developmental disorders like autism, the ability to recognize a face may not be related to how well they process facial expression as previously thought, a new study suggests. INDEPTH: Autism  People with autism, Asperger's syndrome and other social-emotional processing disorders have difficulty.orgmunicating and are akward at interacting with others. Social skills such as judging whether a listener is interested in a conversation may not develop properly.  Researchers in Canada and the U.S. studied whether the problems of "reading" facial expressions in those with the disorders was linked to problems interpreting emotions or assessing faces. By CBC News


In Autism, Related Disorders, Recognizing Emotion Is Different ... -  In contrast to previous reports, for those with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, recognizing facial expressions is separate from identifying familiar faces, according to a study published in the November 22, 2005, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Those who had an impaired ability to process facial identity were no different than those with normal facial identity ability, when it came to processing facial expression. Led by researchers in the U.S. and Canada, the study examined 26 adults diagnosed with either autism, Asperger’s syndrome, social-emotional processing disorder, or both Asperger’s and social-emotional processing disorder. The shared trait of these disorders is social dysfunction. The individuals took a variety of tests to measure famous face recognition, recognition of non-facial emotional cues (from voices or bodies), recognition of basic emotions (happy, sad, angry, fearful), and recognition of a.orgplex mental state (reflective, aghast, irritated, impatient) presented by a pair of eyes. / Release

bullet Babies at risk from stress in pregnancy / Mothers' anxiety levels linked to autism and dyslexia. - An intriguing link between levels of anxiety in pregnant women and the damaging effect on the brain of the unborn child will be shown this week in a new study of ambidextrous children. Researchers have discovered that women who are very anxious in the middle of their pregnancies are significantly more likely to have a child who is ambidextrous or 'mixed handed', a condition associated with autism, dyslexia and hyperactivity. It is the first time scientists have found such a link, and they believe it may be necessary for midwives to tackle mothers' stress levels to reduce the effects on the foetus by Jo Revill
bullet Babies' sighs reboot brain - "A baby's sweet sighs may do more than endear it to its parents, an international team of researchers says. Sighs may help reset regular breathing patterns and help lungs to develop," by Reuters
bullet Battling Insurers Over Autism Treatment - It took Beverly Chase 14 months of fighting with her health plan, Cigna Behavioral Health, to get payment for autism treatments for her 4-year-old son, Jake. This, despite considerable leverage on her side: a state law in Indiana, where she lives, requires insurers to pay for the behavioral therapies that parents say can produce striking improvement in autistic children. Cigna did not respond to her request for months, and later argued that her son's therapist was not properly accredited. Even after the plan agreed to contribute to the costs, Mrs. Chase, who lives in Avon, Ind., said she still had to make $500 a month in co-payments by Milt Freudenheim  
bullet Brain activity, including memory-processing, changes in Tourette syndrome by Washington University School of Medicine
bullet Brain can be trained to process sound in alternate way, study shows -  UCSF scientists have found that the brains of rats can be trained to learn an alternate way of processing changes in the loudness of sound. The discovery, they say, has potential for the treatment of hearing loss, autism, and other sensory disabilities in humans. It also gives clues, they say, about the process of learning and the way we perceive the world. "We addressed a very fundamental question," says Daniel B. Polley, PhD, lead author of the study. "When we notice a sound getting louder, what happens in our brain so that we know it's getting louder?" Polley is a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of senior author Michael M. Merzenich, PhD, co-director of the Coleman Memorial Laboratory in the UCSF Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience and UCSF professor of otolaryngology.  The study was published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (November 16, 2004) by the University of California - San Francisco / Press Release
bullet Brain has 'early warning system' University College London experts have shown how the brain subconsciously remembers details around past dangers by BBC News
bullet Brain aging found to start at 40 - Genes can begin to fail early By William J. Cromie Harvard News Office
bullet Brain-Imaging Study Reveals How Young Brains Develop Scientists Say Kids Need To Keep Using Their Heads by
bullet Brain tests aid 'neuromarketing' by Robert S. Boyd
bullet Brain's center of reasoning and problem solving is among the last to mature
bullet Best Treatment of Autism Emerges: Intensive Therapy Widely Used for Autism
Experts: Help Comes from Simple Behavioral Appproach, not Diets or Pills
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bullet Brain areas identified that 'decode' emotions of others New findings by Queen's psychologists may help in treatment of autism - New findings by Queen's
bullet Brain Hard-Wired for Empathy: Study by Merritt McKinney
bullet Brain mapping leads to optimal function / Offers holistic way of treating mental woes - As recently as 15 years ago, medical science considered the human brain.orgplete at birth and unchangeable. Now, proof of brain plasticity - that the brain can be physically changed - is leading neuroscientists to discover innovative ways of treating brain dysfunction. When the Dr. Phil television show hosted a feature on alternative treatments for attention deficit Disorder and other cognitive problems this fall, Jeffrey Fannin, Ph.D., director of the Center of Cognitive Enhancement in Glendale, took note, by Pat Whitney
bullet Brain scans could show source of people's urges - Info could benefit obese marketers by Robert S. Boyd
bullet Brain scan findings 'throw new light on autism' - New Scientist
bullet Brains of people with autism recall letters of the alphabet in brain areas dealing with shapes / Finding supports theory that autism results from failure of brain areas to work together - In contrast to people who do not have autism, people with autism remember letters of the alphabet in a part of the brain that ordinarily processes shapes, according to a study from a collaborative program of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. The study was conducted by researchers in the NICHD Collaborative Program of Excellence in Autism (CPEA) at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. It supports a theory by CPEA scientists that autism results from a failure of the various parts of the brain to work together. In autism, the theory holds, these distinct brain areas tend to work independently of each other. The theory accounts for observations that while many people with autism excel at tasks involving details, they have difficulty with more.orgplex information./ Press Release
bullet Breaking Down the Stereotypes of Science by Recruiting Young Scientists - If you ask the average ten year old in America what a scientist looks like, they almost always describe an older man with crazy white hair and a lab coat. If you ask a group of adolescents how many have looked through a microscope, few raise their hands. If you discuss the implications of genetic research with a group of high school students, they're likely to cut your next class. The reason why these students have such profound stereotypes of scientists and are less than enthusiastic about science's impact on society is simple—the lack of exposure they receive during their pre-college education. According to a preliminary study conducted at Leicester University in England, students are often repeatedly confronted with stereotypes of science and scientists via television, cartoon, and.orgic book characters as well as uninformed adults or peers (McDuffie 2001) by Jamie Schaefer, Steven A. Farber
bullet Bridging Psychology and Mathematics: Can the Brain Understand the Brain? by Mariano Sigman
bullet Carnegie Mellon neuroscientist develops tool to image brain function at the cellular level by Carnegie Mellon University
bullet Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh Scientists Discover Biological Basis for Autism
bullet Carnsosine Autism Study by  Dr. Chez
bullet Chernobyl Children More Hyperactive - Study Also Finds No Impact on Cognitive Abilities / " In an extensive study of children exposed to varying levels of fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident, Israeli researchers have found that Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) scores are higher among those who were in-utero at the time of the accident -- regardless of their actual level of radiation exposure. The study conducted at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology appears in the August 30, 2004 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology," by PRNewswire - Press Release
bullet Children get splash of dolphin therapy Patients connect with creatures in Fla. program by By Ann M. Henson
bullet China reports rising number of children suffering from autism  - "Children suffering from autism, a brain disorder, have been rising rapidly in China and now there are altogether 1.8 million children with autism across the country.  Bai Xueguang, a professor of neurology with the People's Hospital of Hubei Province, based in Wuhan City, the provincial capital, said on average he had five to six children seeking medical treatment with him a month. During summer vacation the number has been higher, he said," by China View
bullet Clue to autism revealed By Crystal Ross O'Hara
bullet Current Interventions in Autism-A Brief Analysis By Polly A.Yarnell, M.Ed.
bullet Couple use music to treat autism, dyslexia, other disorders by JENNIFER KABBANY - Staff Writer
bullet Cymbalta gets Mixed Reception - "Eli Lilly's new antidepressant Cymbalta should be hitting the streets in the U.S. any day now. The.orgpany hopes that it has found a money-maker, since It's flagship antidepressant Prozac is now available in a cheaper generic version," by Leonard Holmes, Ph.D.
bullet Damaged Genes In Aging Human Brain Provide Clues To Cognitive Decline by Children's Hospital, Boston
bullet Depression drug studies show promise, Predix says - Predix Pharmaceuticals Inc. has a potential treatment for anxiety and depression that generated encouraging data from early-stage human clinical trials, the Woburn.orgpany announced by Boston Business Journal
bullet Detecting autism early a key - Sitting in a small evaluation room at the University of Washington, with apprehension written on her face, Christa Zamora turned her eyes toward her son Connor and contemplated his future, by Anahad O'Connor
bullet Diagnosing and coping with autism - The clock on the wall reads five minutes to 4 p.m. as 3-year-old Kaitlyn Lempert runs to her family's living room window asking, "Where's Logie?" She has her answer about 10 minutes later when her 6-year-old big brother steps off the school bus that stops in front of the Lempert's home. "Sissy. Cuddle. Please," requests Logan Lempert before his mother can help him take his coat off after he enters his home. "See," his mother, Donna Lempert says. "Every day, it's the same thing
bulletDid Asperger’s Cases Have Asperger Disorder? A Research Note by Judith Miller and Sally Ozonoff (1997)
bullet Disgust is good for you, shows study - New Scientist - "The purpose of disgust has been quantitatively demonstrated for the first time - it is an evolved response that protects people from disease or harm."
bullet Diseases of the Mind - Bacteria, viruses and parasites may cause mental illnesses like depression and perhaps even autism and anorexia  by Janet Ginsburg / Newsweek International
bullet Disorders...Mental Illness and Informed Consent: Seeking an Empirically...Early Intervention... by Jan Blacher, Bonnie Kraemer, Monica Schalow
bullet Doctor helps ADHD student achieve success - Wheeler said ADHD myths are.orgmon. One such myth: It's a disease invented by parents who can't control their kids. Myths like these hurt kids like Josh who really need help, Wheeler said by Maria Sanchez-Traynor
bullet DOCTORS say ADHD poses mental illness risk - Researchers say there is mounting evidence attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, affects between 1 percent and 5 percent of school-age children / Big News - Australia
bullet Does DSM-IV Asperger's Disorder Exist?  by Susan Dickerson Mayes [1,2]; Susan L. Calhoun [1]; Dana L. Crites [1]
bullet Don't Take Away the Rights of Patients Who Are the Victims of Medical Malpractice! - Letter
bullet Does autism occurs more often in families of physicists, engineers, and mathematicians? by S. Baron-Cohen, P. Bolton, S. Wheelwright, L. Short, G. Mead, A. Smith and V. Scahill
bullet Does the sleeping brain 'wake up' – if only just a little – with every snore? by Eureka Alert
bullet Early Experience May Shape Our Sensory Perceptions / Our brain's ability to.orgbine sensory information from a single event has been shown to speed our reactions, help us identify objects and heighten our awareness. - New research in animals suggests that it's unlikely that we're born with this ability. Instead, its development may depend on our sensory experiences during the early months of life. "The way in which this ability develops has profound implications for those who are born blind or deaf, or who suffer from disorders such as autism and dyslexia in which early sensory processes are altered," said Mark Wallace, PhD, a neuroscientist at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. "Knowing how these brain circuits mature may one day be used to tailor treatment strategies for those who have problems in basic sensory processes."
bullet Early warnings signs may signal presence of mild cognitive impairment by Emory University Health Sciences Center  
bullet Early Diagnosis of Autism Critical to Treatment by
bullet Empathy finding offers autism hope by BBC News
bullet Engineering and autism: exploring the link further: a reply to Wolff, Brausberg and Islam by S. Baron-Cohen, S. Wheelwright, C. Stott, P. Bolton and I. Goodyer 
bullet Environmental risks in the development of autism and autism spectrum disorders - Funding for a new study to find out more about the role of environmental risks in the development of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), has been announced by the Medical Research Council (MRC) by News Medical

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bullet Epidemiology of Autism in CA 
bullet Ethics of boosting brainpower debated by researchers by Stanford University Medical Center
bullet Eye Disease May Cause Sleep Disorders by   American Academy Of Ophthalmology
bullet Experts: Spike in autism could be anomaly - "As the number of children with autism in California continues to multiply, so too are the questions about what has caused the rise.  Meantime, some health and education experts question the validity of the statistics that point to the increase in caseload," by Emily Fancher
bullet Families share 'autistic traits' / Relatives of people with autism may display autistic brain differences and behaviours despite not having the condition themselves, a study shows. New Scientist says the work could make it easier to spot families at risk of having an autistic child. - It could also help in the quest to find genetic and environmental triggers for the condition, experts hope. Autism is a disorder that makes it hard for the individual to relate socially and emotionally to others. / BBC News
bullet Family Finds Hope In Holistic Medicine - When Jacqueline Glover was two months old, she began having seizures, and suffered through them for nearly two years before she began showing progress after receiving alternative treatments, by Scott Nicholson
bullet Finding the genius within, against the odds - "In his new book, "Burro Genius" (Rayo, $24.95), the acclaimed author of the 1991 book "Rain of Gold" uses his own experience as a Mexican-American child struggling with undiagnosed dyslexia to condemn an educational system he says destroys our natural genius," by Michelle Morgante
bullet First ever population-based study of genetics of autism - PRNewswire
bullet FIVE genes can cause you depression! - Five genes have reportedly been identified as being responsible for a person's state of depression.  Deakin University scientists separated large families of Israeli sand rats for weeks to monitor their responses to isolation and examined different aspects of their behaviour, including grooming, social behaviour, the time they spent in the light or dark and how much they would explore or simply sit in the corner by Web India
bullet Florence drug.orgpany makes acquisition - "A Florence.orgpany that specializes in developing medicine for children said today it has made an acquisition that could lead to a new drug for autistic children with intestinal ailments," by James McNair
bullet Framework for systematically incorporating epigenetic information into traditional genetic studies - "Scientists at Johns Hopkins are calling for simultaneous evaluation of both genetic and epigenetic information in the search to understand contributors to such.orgmon diseases as cancer, heart disease and diabetes," by Medical Science News
bullet Functional connectivity in an fMRI working memory task in high-functioning autism by Hideya Koshino, Patricia A. Carpenter, Nancy J. Minshew, Vladimir L. Cherkassky, Timothy A. Keller, Marcel Adam Just.  Abstract: An fMRI study was used to measure the brain activation of a group of adults with highfunctioning autism.orgpared to a Full Scale and Verbal IQ and age-matched control group during an n-back working memory task with letters. The behavioral results showed.orgparable performance, but the fMRI results suggested that the normal controls might use verbal codes to perform the task while the adults with autism might use visual codes. The control group demonstrated more activation in the left than the right parietal regions, whereas the autism group showed more right lateralized activation in the prefrontal and parietal regions. The autism group also had more activation than the control group in the posterior regions including inferior temporal and occipital regions. The analysis of functional connectivity yielded similar patterns for the two groups with different hemispheric correlations. The temporal profile of the activity in the prefrontal regions was more correlated with the left parietal regions for the control group, whereas it was more correlated with the right parietal regions for the autism group. PDFScreen PDF (750K)
bullet Gene Boosts Immune Memory - Provides target for increasing vaccine effectiveness, fighting autoimmune diseases.  A key gene required for the development of immune system memory cells has been identified in what could lead to more effective vaccines and new treatments for cancer, AIDS and autoimmune disorders, by Gabe Romain
bullet Genetic clues found for.orgmon congenital brain disorder - Thanks to a productive collaboration between clinical and basic scientists, researchers from the University of Chicago have identified the first genetic cause of one of the most.orgmon birth defects of the brain, Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM). Infants with this disorder, about one in 10,000 births, have a small, displaced cerebellum and other brain abnormalities that can reduce coordination, impair mental function and cause hydrocephalus. by University of Chicago Medical Center / Public Release
bullet Genetic Factors in Autism Spectrum Disorders by Beth Rosen Sheidley, MS, CGC, and Susan E. Folstein, MD
bullet Genetics key to Autism - There has been a great deal of speculation about what causes autism in a child. Some reports suggest vaccines could play a role, but new research disputes this claim. Now a new report points to genetic factors as the main cause.
bullet Genetic counseling advances / News from Boston's medical and scientific.orgmunity - As a growing number of patients undergo tests to learn their genetic risk for diseases, Simmons College and Brandeis University are preparing to offer New England's first program in genetic counseling for people working in health care. The course, to be offered over the Internet, will guide nurses, social workers, and others through issues such as what to advise a couple whose first child has a genetically inherited disease and who are deciding whether to risk having another, by Scott Allen

Genes tied to brain disorders - Federal scientists have discovered a group of gene mutations that increase the activity of the brain chemical serotonin and put people at risk for treatment-resistant obsessive.orgpulsive disorder, anorexia and Asperger's syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism. These gene mutations actually make certain brain systems more active, by Jamie Talan

bullet GMC to Decide Fake Blood Test Doctor's Future - Members of the General Medical Council are expected to meet this week to discuss the future of a GP jailed for faking blood test results to allay parents’ fears about the effectiveness of separate measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) inoculations his private clinic gave to toddlers.  Dr David Pugh, 55, who was jailed for nine months by a judge at Cambridge Crown Court in December, is the subject of an inquiry by the GMC and is almost certain to be struck off, by Brian Farmer - Scotland
bullet Get to Know Your Self Better by Stacy Lu
bullet Home alone America is 75 percent right - "...For years, the medical profession did a terrible injustice to women whose children were autistic by blaming them for the condition. The conventional wisdom was that "cold" and emotionally withholding mothers caused the condition in children. We now know that this is nonsense. It's a neurological problem. Eberstadt is doing the same with ADD. Some parents are better able to handle a disabled child than others, but that does not mean the disability is invented.  So Eberstadt is 75 percent right in this book. Three stars out of a possible four, By Mona Charen
bullet Hormone linked to aggression - New research with mice offers more evidence that a specific hormone plays a major role in people's ability to take care of others and avoid conflict. If the findings hold true for humans, scientists might get one step closer to a treatment for people with autism because they often lack an essential sense of empathy, researchers said. The study, by a team of Japanese and American researchers, found that when mice were genetically engineered to not process the hormone oxytocin, the males became more aggressive and the females often forgot to take care of their babies.
bullet Hospital Translation Rule Challenged - "Several doctors and a group supporting English as the nation's official language filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a Clinton-era executive order requiring federally funded hospitals, clinics and doctors to offer translation services for patients who speak limited English," by ABC News
bullet Imaging Study Reveals Brain Function of Poor Readers Can Improve by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
bullet Head-Tilt Test Detects Asperger's Syndrome: Study by - A simple head movement test can help parents determine whether their babies have a form of autism called Asperger's syndrome, according to University of ...
bullet Here's how your birth month can affect your health life! by
bullet How Brain Gives Special Resonance To Emotional Memories by Duke University
bullet Hunt for Autism Genes to Be Led by Johns Hopkins Researchers - "Autism is quite likely to result from the.orgbined effects of multiple, very subtle genetic changes that differ considerably from family to family, since no single reliable genetic cause has been found yet," says Aravinda Chakravarti, principal investigator of the project and director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Hopkins. "We'll be looking for.orgbinations of genetic mutations and extra or missing gene copies that are much less.orgmon, even in the affected group, than most scientists are used to considering. This is a huge undertaking," by Joanna Downer / Johns Hopkins Medicine
bullet In autism and related disorders, recognizing emotion is different than identity - In contrast to previous reports, for those with autism or Asperger's syndrome, recognizing facial expressions is separate from identifying familiar faces. Those who had an impaired ability to process facial identity were no different than those with normal facial identity ability, when it came to processing facial expression. Led by researchers in the U.S. and Canada, the study, published in Neurology, examined 26 adults diagnosed with either autism, Asperger's syndrome, social-emotional processing disorder, or both Asperger's and social-emotional processing disorder.
bullet Impact of Gastrointestinal Dysfunction in Autistic Children - The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center is one of twelve trial sites selected to participate in a research study to evaluate an investigational medication for treatment of persistent gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction in autistic children. Up to fifty percent of children with autism experience persistent GI problems, ranging from mild to moderate degrees of inflammation in both the upper and lower intestinal tract.
bullet Implantable device designed to detect, stop seizures under study at MCG - A small electronic device implanted in the skull that detects o.orging seizures then delivers a brief electrical stimulus to the brain to stop them is under study at the Medical College of Georgia by Medical College of Georgia / Public Release
bullet Increase in autism 'due to problems with births' - "A LANDMARK study has found evidence linking the growing number of autism cases among Irish children to problems at birth. The research, conducted by Dr Alvaro Ramirez, a Nicaraguan doctor based in Ireland, claims that the rising rate of autism is linked to a susceptibility to infection among children who experience birth traumas either through difficult deliveries or induced births," by The Irish Independent
bullet Increased cases of autism probably due to improved awareness - Over the past 20 years, there has been speculation about a connection between immunizations and an increase in autism. However, a study by Mayo Clinic researchers published in the January issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine suggests the increase may be due to improved awareness, changes in diagnostic criteria and availability of services, not environmental factors or immunizations. "This study is the first to measure the incidence -- the occurrence of new cases -- of autism by applying consistent, contemporary criteria for autism to a specific population over a long period of time," says William Barbaresi, M.D., a Mayo Clinic developmental pediatrician and one of the study authors. "In doing so, the study accounts for improvements in the diagnostic criteria for autism, the medical.orgmunity's improved understanding of this disease and changes in federal special education laws." by Medical News Today
bullet In search of a cure for autism - Parents spend thousands on therapies that claim to help autistic children live normal lives, but most of them are unproven. Now doctors aim to find out what really works By Jane Feinmann
bullet Infants' movements can signal a form of autism by
bullet Just Give them a Pill - ABC's and 123's- all across this nation our public schools are reaping what we've so carelessly sown as parents. There are sixth graders having sex before.orgprehension of consequences, and there are seventh grade students lying in hospital beds after a Wednesday morning "cat fight" at a local Jr. High School. We have first graders lashing out in anger at their teachers, and we have police officers being called in because fourth grade students are threatening their teachers with physical harm. Jr. Highs are practicing lockdowns as routinely as fire drills. High Schools have weapons and narcotic shakedowns on a regular basis to keep the students under control. Almost every campus in America--from high school down to grade school--have police officers patrolling their campuses, ticking their walks to the beat of our school time clocks. America's children are exploding emotionally. What are we as their parents going to do? by Kerry Marsala
bullet Key to detecting Asperger’s syndrome, a milder yet little-understood form of autism, lies in analyzing infants’ movements by News Medical Alert
bullet Lacking Gene, Mice B.orge Nearly Fearless - Mice are proverbially timid, but they b.orge daredevils if they're missing a gene expressed mainly in the amygdala, researchers here say.  The gene -- known as stathmin -- is known to play a role in the internal construction of cells, according to Gleb Shumyatsky, Ph.D., a professor of genetics at Rutgers University here. But mice without it are less afraid than normal animals, both of things they instinctively fear and things they have learned to fear. By Michael Smith, MedPage Today Staff Writer.  Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
bullet Lead linked to schizophrenia by Helen Pearson - Study hints that prenatal toxins can trigger psychiatric disease.
bullet Left brain damage may make people more vulnerable to infection by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
bullet Left side of brain activates speech from birth by University of California - Los Angeles

LETTER: Tristan's Troops to walk to support autism research ... Unfortunately, autism will always be a part of his life. Tristan has a great sense of humor, but autism makes it difficult for him to.orgmunicate clearly, by Cathy Papargiris


Let Courts Give Closure To Holocaust Victims - Simon Rozenkier, a veteran of the Korean War, is suing Bayer and Schering for.orgplicity in medical experiments performed on him by the Nazis. 12/2003


Live Talk: Improving the Brain / Dr. Daniel Amen joined us for a Live Talk on what he’s learned about the brain and simple steps you can take to improve yours on Oct. 18. - We all know that skipping sleep, smoking cigarettes and snacking on sugary foods can be bad for our health. But clinical neuroscientist Dr. Daniel Amen warns they can also be bad for our brain. In his latest book, “Making a Good Brain Great” (Harmony), Amen explains how bad eating and exercise habits, sleep deprivation and stress can actually endanger or impede the brain’s ability to function. The good news? By making small changes—like replacing fatty foods with lean proteins and green leafy vegetables or finding ways to lower stress levels—you can actually make your brain perform better. During the past 14 years, Amen has performed sophisticated brain-imaging scans on thousands of patients to detect damage done from drugs or disorders, and to help pinpoint problems that can be treated not just with medication but with therapy and lifestyle changes. Join Amen at noon E.T., Tuesday, Oct. 18, for a Live Talk on what he’s learned about the brain and simple steps you can take to improve yours. - Newsweek


Lifesaver program helps keep track of wanderers - Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti waved a large antenna in the selectmen's room of Town Hall during a recent visit as a beeping sound from a small blue box slowly became louder.  "As you get closer the beeping increases and when you walk away, the sound gets dimmer and you have a longer pause between beeps," said Bellotti, who was demonstrating Millis' new tracking device that the members of the Millis Police Department hope will help keep people in town with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and autism from wandering away from home, by the Bellingham CountryGazette


Long Trip for Psychedelic Drugs - Psychedelic drugs are inching their way slowly but surely toward prescription status in the United States, thanks to a group of persistent scientists who believe drugs like ecstasy and psilocybin can help people with terminal cancer, obsessive.orgpulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, to name just a few. The Heffter Research Institute, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies and others have managed to persuade the Food and Drug Administration to approve a handful of clinical trials using psychedelics. The movement seems to be gaining ground in recent years. Since 2001, the FDA and the Drug Enforcement Administration have given the go-ahead to three clinical trials testing psychedelics on symptomatic patients, and several more are on deck by  Kristen Philipkoski


Looking for fear? It's in your eyes! / Seeing someone else's wide eyes will spark the brain’s ‘Fear Central’ even before you know it. - "... Some evidence suggests that faulty signaling by the amygdala may be involved in autism, a disorder that affects, in part, verbal and nonverbal.orgmunication abilities. Likewise, too much activity by this structure may play a role in anxiety disorders, according to Paul Whalen of the University of Wisconsin at Madison," by the American Association for the Advancement of Science


Low birth weight big problem - Wyoming mothers who fail to gain r.orgmended weight during pregnancy have a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies, according to research by Wyoming Department of Health epidemiologists. The finding is consistent with an August 2000 report out of Colorado and is important for Wyoming because both states are among the highest rates of low birth-weight babies in the nation, particularly among white women, officials said, by the AP


Marijuana-like Chemicals in the Brain Calm Neurons, Say Stanford - From the munchies to the giggles to paranoia, smoking marijuana causes widespread changes in the brain. Now researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine are a step closer to understanding how the drug's active ingredients -- tetrahydrocannabinol and related.orgpounds, called cannabinoids -- may exert their effects. / Business Wire (press release)

bullet Medical Bias - Medical Journal Editorial Bias Deceives Doctors, Leads to Bad Medicine.  This political bias ... is forcing the dedicated practitioner into b.orging little more than a vaccine-toll booth operator." - by Mark Blaxill, director of SafeMinds - Press Release
bullet Medical Breakthrough - Life-Changing Autism Intervention - The most recent statistics show as many as one in 200 children have a condition that falls under the category of autism. There are many drugs for the behavioral symptoms. But new research shows you may not need them, instead a drug-free treatment can change lives, by News Channel 8
bullet Metabolic biomarkers of increased oxidative stress and impaired methylation capacity in children with autism by S Jill James, Paul Cutler, Stepan Melnyk, Stefanie Jernigan, Laurette Janak, David W Gaylor and James A Neubrander From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute, Little Rock, AR (SJJ, SM, and SJ); Niagara Falls, NY (PC); Colden, NY (LJ); Gaylor and Associates, LLC, Eureka Springs, AR (DWG); and Edison, NJ (JAN) Background: Autism is a.orgplex neurodevelopmental disorder that usually presents in early childhood and that is thought to be influenced by genetic and environmental factors. Although abnormal metabolism of methionine and homocysteine has been associated with other neurologic diseases, these pathways have not been evaluated in persons with autism. [requires subscription]
bullet Memory drugs create new ethical minefield - "Move over, botox. Although injections of the most potent natural toxin known to science are marketed as knife-free plastic surgery to reduce wrinkles, Botox treatment is actually a neurological intervention. The toxin blocks the release of a neurochemical, acetylcholine, from neurons. That makes it the opening act in what promises -- or threatens -- to be a significant new drama. We.orge to "cosmetic neurology."  Sure, there have been reports over the years of, shall we say, recreational use of prescription pharmaceuticals. Some musicians and nervous public speakers take beta blockers (a heart drug) to vanquish stage fright. Modafinil (aka Provigil) is a stimulant approved for narcolepsy, but it has an underground following among those who want to feel as alert and rested after five hours of sleep as after eight. Ritalin, for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, improves concentration and the ability to plan, making it popular among healthy adults who simply want an edge in multitasking," by Sharon Begley, The Wall Street Journal
bullet Memory mediation is studied - Stanford University scientists say there are separate brain systems mediating actual memory and whether people believe they will remember something.Yun-Ching Kao and colleagues found activity in a brain region called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex increases when subjects think they will remember an item, even when it will actually be forgotten later. Using a functional imaging study, subjects were scanned while they predicted whether they would later remember scenes presented to them. Outside the scanner, they saw these same scenes again, this time intermixed with new ones, and had to indicate which scenes they had previously seen.
bullet MGH study details brain changes in autism, language disorder - Using advanced imaging technology, a research team based at Massachusetts General Hospital has identified specific portions of the brain's white matter that are abnormally large in children with autism and developmental language disorder.
bullet Mind-boggling therapy - Innovative `intervention' treatment really helps autistic children, some say by Kim Crawford
bullet Mind your manners, please, they're key to civilization - ... With everyone chatting on cell phones when not floating in iPod-land, "this is an age of social autism, in which people just can't see the value of imagining ... By the Indianapolis Star
bullet Mindreading and the Core Architecture of Moral Psychology by Shaun Nichols, Department of Philosophy.  College of Charleston, Charleston, SC and Center for Cognitive Science Rutgers University
bullet MIT reports new insights in visual recognition by Massachusetts Institute of Technology
bullet MRI Movie Maps Brain Development by Scientific
bullet Music therapist hits all the right notes - When Kennedy School fifth-graders present their holiday music program next month, Cassie Wenger will be participating along with the rest of her classmates. Cassie has cerebral palsy. She doesn't talk or sing more than a word or two. She can't stand, walk or crawl. But the 12-year-old can move her hands, so that's how music therapist Jolene Nelson gets Cassie involved.
bullet Nazis and medical ethics: Context and lessons / The American Medical Association and U.S. Holocaust Museum launch national series - The practice of medicine in Nazi Germany still profoundly affects modern-day medical ethics codes, according to Alan Wells, Ph.D., an expert in medical ethics with the American Medical Association (AMA) and Patricia Heberer, Ph.D., historian at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). To teach those lessons to the next generation of physicians, the AMA and the USHMM announced plans today to deliver a lecture series on the subject to medical schools around the country by American Medical Association 
bullet Neocortical system abnormalities in autism - An fMRI study of spatial working memory by B. Luna, PhD; N.J. Minshew, MD; K.E. Garver, BA; N.A. Lazar, PhD; K.R. Thulborn, MD, PhD; W.F. Eddy, PhD; and J.A. Sweeney, PhD 
bullet New approach to interpreting brain electroencephalograms could help understanding of epilepsy and autism - A team led by University of California San Diego neurobiologists has developed a new approach to interpreting brain electroencephalograms, or EEGs, that provides an unprecedented view of thought in action and has the potential to advance our understanding of disorders like epilepsy and autism in Medical Science News
bullet New Brain Fitness Device Help Children with Learning Disabilities by eMediaWire - Press Release
bullet New genetic hypothesis for the cause of autism -  A mixed epigenetic and genetic and mixed de novo and inherited model may explain most cases of autism. Researchers have proposed a new hypothesis on the cause of autism, suggesting a mixed epigenetic and genetic and mixed de novo and inherited (MEGDI) model. Their hypothesis, and evidence to support it, will be published September 8, 2004 in the online edition of the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A, and will be available via Wiley InterScience at  Source : Team
bullet New treatment for Autism - Some parents in Connecticut say there is new hope for children with Autism. Autism is the most.orgmon developmental disorder in America. These mothers and fathers say their children have been transformed. But Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Steve Bunnell tells us that researchers in our state insist there is still no quick fix or cure.
bullet Trials End Parents' Hopes for Autism Drug by ANDREW POLLACK
bullet Núñez names two to stem-cell panels - Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez on Friday named an autism group's founder to the.orgmittee that will oversee the state's new stem-cell research program and picked a former teachers union official from Fair Oaks to serve on its financial accountability panel.  He appointed Jonathan Shestack, a Los Angeles producer who founded Cure Autism Now, to an eight-year term on the Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee, by Laura Mecoy
bullet Neurological soft signs found in bipolar I patients by Medical News Today
bullet Neuropsychological Assessment in Asperger's Syndrome by Barbara Fowler
bullet Neuropsychological profiles of children with Asperger syndrome and autism
bullet New genetic hypothesis for the cause of autism - A mixed epigenetic and genetic and mixed de novo and inherited model may explain most cases of autism by EurelAlert
bullet New genetic model proposed for autism - Autism, a serious developmental disorder in children, may arise from a mixture of sources which include a few genes and alterations in the factors regulating genes (epigenetics) that may be inherited or occur as a new event, according to researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in  Houston.
bullet New insights into the way the brain blends and balances information from different senses by News-Medical.Net
bullet New Study Says It's Possible to Spot Asperger's Syndrome in ...  A Simple Test? by ABC News
bullet New medical imaging research helps diagnosis fetal brain abnormalities, epilepsy and autism - The world's leading neuroscience and radiology experts today shared new research and technological developments in medical imaging that facilitate diagnosis and breakthrough treatments of fetal brain abnormalities, epilepsy and cognitive disorders such as autism and Alzheimer's in Medical Device News
bullet No Easy Autism Answers / Treatments of the Disorder Raise More Questions by ABC News
bullet Nuturing Intelligence By Pang Hin Yue
bullet On Psychiatry and Child Protective Services in the United States: Child Abuse is Child Protection is Mental Health Treatment is Drugging Children by Fred Baughman, Jr., MD and John Breeding, PhD
bullet One dose of 'designer' gene therapy may target specific body area

Ou.orge research in Asperger syndrome and autism by Tsatsanis KD Full Text | PDF


Pain may start in the brain - Medically unexplained pain, such as lower back pain, might begin in the brain and was not simply imagined by the sufferer. Thousands of people in the UK are believed to suffer pain in different parts of the body which, despite numerous tests and often costly investigations, cannot be explained by doctors by One News


Part of Brain That Extinguishes Fears Found - "The areas of the brain involved in learning fears have been known, but new research now identifies the areas involved in extinguishing those fears. "We have been able to identify neural circuits of extinction learning in humans," said study author Elizabeth Phelps, an associate professor of psychology and neural science from New York University. "This is important, because extinction is a model we can use to look at how we get rid of fears we have learned," by Steven Reinberg


Perlegen to Seek Genetic Basis of Autism with Grant from National Institute of Mental Health; Autism Genetic Resource Exchange To Provide Genetic Material for Study - "Perlegen will utilize DNA samples collected by the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE), the world's largest publicly available gene bank for autism research. Founded in 1997 by Cure Autism Now, AGRE has collected important genetic material from over 500 families with two or more children with autism. Cure Autism Now pioneered the concept of data sharing and collaboration which is now largely accepted by the autism.orgmunity. Daniel Geschwind, MD, PhD, who serves as AGRE's Chief Scientific Advisor and Director of the Neurogenetics Program at UCLA, will act as an advisor for the study," by Business Wire


PET Scanning in Autism Spectrum Disorders - Author: James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH, Fellow, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Russell H Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Coauthor(s): Dean Wong, MD, PhD, Vice Chair of Research, Professor, Departments of Radiology, Psychiatry, and Environmental Sciences, Johns Hopkins University Oncology Center; Aylin Eroglu, MD, Specialist in Nuclear Medicine, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Istanbul University Hospital

bullet Pervasive Developmental Disorder: Asperger Syndromeby James Brasic, MD of Johns Hopkins
bullet Pharmaceutical firms need good medicines $500 billion industry plagued by problems - The worldwide drug industry is clearly ailing.  Three major drug.orgpanies all disclosed serious problems with important medicines Friday, throwing a spotlight on the fact that the $500 billion drug industry is failing in its core business of finding new medicines. The decline in drug research and development has long been an open secret among analysts and scientists. But drug.orgpany executives have insisted that their industry is fundamentally healthy and their expensive research efforts will pay off by Alex Berenson
bullet Psychopharmacology: Disability Law and the Administration of Psychotropic Medication in the School Setting by James F. Luebbert, M.D., Richard P. Malone, M.D. and Len Rieser, J.D.
bullet PICT's 'Travesties' is good exercise for your brain by Alice T. Carver
bullet Pills and kids may not mix Anxiety over SSRIs. Five Canadian deaths could be among 100 adverse reactions involving children by Sharon Kirkey
bullet Plot to axe allowances for 35,000 carers of disabled - ""One of the qualifications relates to people with Asperger (whatever that is). I vaguely recall something a while ago which suggested there is controversy over whether Asperger should be considered as autism. We should have a knowledge of this and a line to peddle on Saturday," by
bullet Prenatal factors may play a role in autism - new study published online June 8 in the Nature publication, Molecular Psychiatry, indicates that postnatal exposure to thimerosal, a mercury preservative.orgmonly used in a number of childhood vaccines, can lead to the development of autism-like damage in autoimmune disease susceptible mice in Child Health News
bullet Psychologists glimpse biological imprint of childhood neglect - The absence of a loving caregiver in the earliest years of life could sway the normal activity of two hormones - vasopressin and oxytocin - that play an essential role in the ability to form healthy social bonds and emotional intimacy. Announced by psychologists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the new finding demonstrates for the first time that severe neglect and social isolation can directly affect a young child's neurobiology in ways that potentially influence emotional behaviors. The work is reported online in the Nov. 21, 2005 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Questions about how children regulate emotions and form social bonds has not really made contact with recent advances in the neurosciences," says senior author Seth Pollak, a UW-Madison professor of psychology, psychiatry and pediatrics and researcher at the Waisman Center for Human Development. "But this work makes a link between.orgplex emotional behaviors and the developing brain." / Release - University of Wisconsin-Madison
bullet Putting Autistic Patients at Ease An editorial supplement to 'Understanding Autism,' June 2004 JEMS
bullet 'Quack autism cures must end' - A new charity has pledged to stamp out "quack" interventions for people with autism and similar disorders by BBC News
bullet Raising awareness Norwell man lobbies Washington for autism research by Lisa M. Cataldo
bullet Reading Your Baby's Mind / New research on infants finally begins to answer the question: what's going on in there? - Little Victoria Bateman is blond and blue-eyed and as cute a baby as there ever was. At 6 months, she is also trusting and unsuspecting, which is a good thing, because otherwise she'd never go along with what's about to happen. It's a blistering June afternoon in Lubbock, Texas, and inside the Human Sciences lab at Texas Tech University, Victoria's mother is settling her daughter into a high chair, where she is the latest subject in an ongoing experiment aimed at understanding the way babies think. Sybil Hart, an associate professor of human development and leader of the study, trains video cameras on mother and daughter. Everything is set. Hart hands Cheryl Bateman a children's book, "Elmo Pops In," and instructs her to engross herself in its pages. "Just have a conversation with me about the book," Hart tells her. "The most important thing is, do not look at [Victoria.]" As the two women chat, Victoria looks around the room, impassive and a little bored. - News Week
bullet Real-time window into ‘living’ brain - You can now get a live demo of how your brain functions as a University of Florida scientist has grown a living “brain” that can fly a simulated plane, thus giving scientists a novel way to observe how brain cells function as a network.  The “brain”, created by Thomas DeMarse, professor of biomedical engineering, is a collection of 25,000 nerve cells, taken from a rat’s brain and cultured inside a glass dish and gives scientists a unique real-time window into the brain at the cellular level by Hindustan
bullet Rejection a Real Pain, Brain Study Shows - "It seems the old adage about sticks, stones and hurtful words may need some revision. According to a report published today in the journal Science, social rejection elicits a similar brain response as physical pain does," by Sarah Graham
bullet Researchers Hope Early Diagnosis, Intervention Can Improve Ou.orges
bullet Researchers map mouse brain sex structures by the Washington Times
bullet Rett Syndrome Organizations Partner With National Institutes of Health to Fund Research for Childhood Neurological Disorder - IRSA and RSRF, organizations dedicated to Rett syndrome treatments and cures, today announced a new partnership with NIH to stimulate research by increasing funding for this rare neurological disorder that mainly strikes young females. The move supports the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Roadmap to the Future initiative, which seeks to prioritize and bolster medical research in the United States. "The partnership between IRSA, RSRF and the NIH underscores a central tenet of the NIH Roadmap. We're sharing the NIH.orgmitment to private/public partnerships that can enhance and escalate discoveries beneficial to the understanding, treatment and cure of Rett syndrome," said Kathy Hunter, parent, founder and
bullet Rise in autism 'due to way doctors diagnose behavioural disorders' by the Sunday Times
bullet Rx4NJ Launched! - "Rx4NJ," a new statewide program aimed at providing access to free and discounted prescription drugs for eligible New Jerseyans, was launched today by a broad coalition of healthcare groups, patient advocacy organizations, and pharmaceutical and medical technology.orgpanies, by PRNewswire / Press Release
bullet Saving herself for real: 'Terminator' actress goes public with bipolar disorder - "Terminator" fans know Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor -- tough as nails and out to save the world. But in real life, Hamilton was having trouble saving herself. In an exclusive interview with AP Radio, Hamilton revealed that she's bipolar. She has struggled with depression most of her life and was a.orgpulsive eater as a child. She knew something was wrong, but she didn't know what. For 20 years, she tried different therapies and treatments in a desperate search for answers. She was finally diagnosed 10 years ago. Once she got her illness under control, she decided to talk about it.
bullet Scans uncover clues to cause of autismSpecial MRI scans of people with autism have confirmed what researchers have suspected: Their brains are wired differently. A study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development found that people with autism remember letters using a part of the brain normally used to remember shapes.  It also found that the different areas of their brains do not work in synchronized fashion.
bullet School Problems and the Family Physician - May 15, 1999 - American Academy of Family Physicians
bullet Science Getting to the Roots of Autism By Kim Painter, special for USA TODAY
bullet Science Gives Hope To Families Facing Autism  Nov 19, 2003
bullet Scientists aim to demystify workings of the brain - "If you don’t know your cerebellum from your hypothalamus, this is the week to find out, as universities and hospitals throughout Switzerland take part in Brain Awareness Week," by Roy Roberts
bullet Scientists attempt to understand cause of autism by Daniela Lamas 
bullet Scientists find parallels between human speech and bird song which gives clues to human speech disorders - The research by a team led by Stephanie White, UCLA assistant professor of physiological science, supports the theory that two genes shared by humans and songbirds, FoxP1 and FoxP2, may play a critical role in human speech, and speech disorders. The study is published March 31 in the Journal of Neuroscience.
bullet Scientists Identify Gene Linked to Autism - Scientists Identify Gene That May Raise Child's Rick of Autism by Twofold or More by the Associated Press
bullet Scientists finding direct links between smell, brain and its emotions - "Specific odors can trigger a flood of memories. Psychologists call it the "Proustian phenomenon," after French novelist Marcel Proust. Near the beginning of the masterpiece "In Search of Lost Time," Proust's narrator dunks a madeleine cookie into a cup of tea - and the scent and taste unleash a torrent of childhood memories for 3,000 pages," by ALEXANDRA WITZE
bullet Scientists find brain areas activated in true versus false memories / Society for Neuroscience
bullet Scientists Identify Gene Linked to Autism - Scientists Identify Gene That May Raise Child's Rick of Autism by Twofold or More by the Associated Press
bullet Scientists study how the brain remembers, forgets - "After decades of studying how memory works, scientists are trying to figure out how we forget," by Robert S. Boyd
bullet Scientists and their colleagues have proposed a new explanation for what causes autism, a neurological disorder that affects about one in 1,000 children,  While many researchers believe inheritance of faulty genes is at autism's root, the new idea suggests that the cause is more.orgplex. Errors in genes may.orgbine with so-called "epigenetic" errors, and either may be inherited or occur for the first time in the affected child, said Dr. Art Beaudet, a geneticist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Epigenetic errors cause cells to use genes abnormally, but are distinct from errors in genes themselves," by SUE GOETINCK AMBROSE
bullet Scientists unlock genetic secrets of Angelman syndrome - Nearly 40 years after the syndrome was first described to skeptical doctors, scientists know what causes the rare and devastating developmental disorder. And by studying it, researchers have stumbled on new insights into a number of similar genetic diseases, as well as autism and epilepsy by William Hathaway
bullet Scientists use brain scanning to track the creative spark BY FAYE FLAM
bullet Seeing the funny side of health - ILL-HEALTH is a laughing matter to most men, new research has shown.  Humour is being employed in a bid to encourage men to take a greater interest in their own and their partner's health.  The move.orges after Welsh research revealed men often use disparagement, joking and other types of humour to discuss personal or sensitive matters by Madeleine Brindley
bullet Shadow Syndromes: People with Mild Forms of Serious Disorders by John J. Ratey, M.D.
bullet Sheep like smiles say researchers by BBC News
bullet Signs of depression not always obvious - For many people, feelings of sadness, hopelessness or fatigue could be symptoms of depression, an illness that most often can be successfully treated. Darwin Anderson, a psychologist at Crossroads Counseling Center, 321 W. Third St., who will be helping with a free depression screening at Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center this week, said depression affects how people view things by Joe Noga
bullet Stanford Researcher's Findings May Shed Light on Common, Deadly Birth Defect  - "Now for the first time, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California-San Francisco have provided a powerful example of how one genetic pathway can wend its way through an emerging "city" of brain structures and facial features, influencing each phase of development in slightly different ways.
bullet Stages of Memory described in new study by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
bullet State Constitution prevents universities' profits - Arizona universities are collaborating with the Southwest Autism & Research Center and the Translational Genomics Research Institute to conduct a.orgprehensive genetic and molecular study to find the cause of autism," by Chip Scutari
bullet Strange movements may signal autism by news service

Strategies for pharmacologic treatment of high functioning autism and Asperger syndrome by Towbin KE
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Study: Autistic children struggle to protect selves from toxic metals -  A new study sheds light on the mystery of autism and may point the way to a promising treatment.
Some autistic children have a weakened ability to protect themselves from toxic metals in their bodies, a biochemist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has concluded by Sandy Kleffman

bullet Study: Birth season, schizophrenia type linked - Schizophrenics born during the summer in the Northern Hemisphere tend to develop a more severe form of the mental illness than those born during the winter, a study said Monday. An analysis of nearly 1,600 people with schizophrenia from six countries in that hemisphere found an association between June and July births and cases of "deficit" schizophrenia, which is characterized by an inability to experience pleasure, antisocial behavior and blunted speech by
bullet Studying a disease, finding clues to others - "Studying abnormalities on chromosome 15 also has led scientists to the genetic origin of one form of autism, long sought by researchers. While genetic causes of most forms of autism remain elusive, Angelman gave scientists a view about how such links might work. As many as 3 percent of people with autism also have an Angelman deletion, but with this twist: They carry an extra chromosome 15, according to Dr. N. Carolyn Schanen, a geneticist at the University of Delaware. "This research might be broadened to help understand the molecular underpinnings of autism," she said," by William Hathaway
bullet Study: Brain is atypical in autistic boys - The research does not reveal the cause of the anomalies. By Dorsey Griffith
bullet Swing test could spot Asperger's in babies by Roger Highfield, Science Editor
bullet Take the AQ Test - Wire Magazine 2001
bullet Target Discovery and PrecisionMed Collaborate to Study Triggers of Autism; Study to Discriminate between Competing Hypotheses on Mechanism of Childhood Autism by Business Wire
bullet The Australian Scale for Asperger Syndrome; Garnett and Attwood
bullet The Brain and the Mind By: Douglas De Long
bullet The challenge of adolescents and adults with Asperger syndrome by Digby Tantam
bullet THE DAREDEVIL BOY WHO CAN FEEL NO PAIN - A boy from Tynedale is living with a rare condition that stops him from feeling any pain. Thirteen-year-old Simon Grant, from Heddon, suffers from a rare sensory dysfunction, which means that even broken bones do not faze him. His mother, Jan believes the condition is the result of inoculations he received when he was eight weeks old. Because he has lived with the condition all his life, Simon now has no sense of danger, as he does not associate injury with pain. And this has given him a love of dangerous sports, including, horse riding, shooting, and motorbike trailing. In his short life Simon has broken numerous bones and had over 100 X-rays. He also suffers from mild, autism, a poor immune system, and low muscle tone.  By SOPHIE DOUGHTY
bullet The Epidemiology of Asperger Syndrome: A Total Population Study - By Stephan Ehlers and Christopher Gillberg
bullet The Geek Syndrome - Wired Magazine, December, 2001
bullet The Groden Center Uses VivoMetrics LifeShirt System for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research
bullet The impact of autism: researchers, parents struggle to understand increase in cases by Medla Gitt, HCN MEDLA GOTT
bullet The link between autism and skills such as engineering, maths, physics, and.orgputing; A reply to Jarrold and Routh by Sally Wheelwright & Simon Baron-Cohen 
bullet The mystery of autism / Tracking down the culprit behind this baffling disease. - Neurologists and parents desperately want to unlock the mystery of autism, a brain disorder that strikes as many as 5 of every 1,000 children and causes difficulty in.orgmunication, socialization, and learning. Numerous theories have been offered to explain the baffling disease, including genetic causes, environmental factors, and an attack on the brain by an immune system gone haywire. While there is evidence of a hereditary link, the disease is increasing quickly enough to suggest other factors are also involved, so scientists are busy studying those possibilities. (The scientific studies looking at vaccination as a potential cause have largely discounted this theory.) By Katherine Hobson
The Pediatrician's Role in the Diagnosis and Management of Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Children - Primary care physicians have the opportunity, especially within the context of the medical home, to be the first point of contact when parents have concerns / Pediatrics, May 1, 2001
bullet The silence of the genes by University of Southern California
bullet The Stanford Health Library has a series of articles on Pervasive Developmental Disorders
bullet The Quiet Epidemic: The Assault on the American Mind - by Ted H Spence, DDS, ND, PhD/DSc, MH
bullet The XY factor: disability rate in boys is twice that of girls - Almost twice as many boys as girls have a disability - and the reason lies in their genes.  A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows about 9.6 per cent of boys and 5.4 per cent of girls aged 0-14 have a physical or intellectual disability. Boys are also twice as likely to have a severe disability, by Adele Horin
bullet Therapy for autism pays off by Andy Hobbs
bullet They just can't help it.  Do you have a male or female brain? by Simon Baron-Cohen
bullet Treating Autism More Effectively - According to a recent study researchers say autistic boys with language problems might have a lot in.orgmon with boys suffering from a language-related disorder known as Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and they feel that these findings could help specialists better understand autism and how to choose the best treatments for individual.orgponents of the condition.  Researchers used MRI scans to look at Broca’s area -- a key language center in the brain -- in autistic boys with language problems, autistic boys without language problems, boys with SLI, and normal boys. Normally, Broca’s area will be larger on the side of the brain opposite from the person’s handedness. In other words, right-handed people generally have larger Broca’s areas on the left side of the brain. All of the boys in this study were right-handed. Results showed boys with SLI and autistic boys with language problems both had larger Broca’s areas on the right side of the brain instead of the left side. Autistic boys without language problems and normal boys had larger Broca’s areas on the left side of the brain.  Thus researchers believe their findings would shed new light on autism and the notion that autism might be more a collection of related disorders with overlapping symptoms than a single disorder by Medindia Breakthrough In Focus
bullet Trends in Diagnosis Rates for Autism and ADHD at Hospital Discharge in the Context of Other Psychiatric Diagnoses - Concerns have been raised over observed increases in the number of children who are given a diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental disorder. The goal of this study was to examine trends by age and calendar year in the diagnosis of two of these disorders, autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), in the context of other psychiatric disorders in a sample of hospitalized children, by David S. Mandell, Sc.D., William W. Thompson, Ph.D., Eric S. Weintraub, M.P.H., Frank DeStefano, M.D., M.P.H. and Michael B. Blank, Ph.D. [Subscription]
bullet Treatment - The Alternative
bullet Trials End Parents' Hopes for Autism Drug
bullet Trickery Lends a Hand to Brain Discovery - It lets researchers learn where in the brain people.orge to recognize their bodies as their own By Steven Reinberg
bullet U of U to Study Autism by Ed Yeates
bullet UCLA neurological researcher dies at age 35 - "A specialist in gene analysis and praised for his friendliness and sense of humor, Zheng Luo, staff research associate in the UCLA Department of Neurology, died July 28 of a liver abscess. He was 35," by Daniel Miller
bullet UK report claims environmental factors likely cause of brain disease - A new report from the United Kingdom today shows an alarming increase in the number of deaths linked to brain disease, particularly in women. The report published in the journal Public Health states that environmental factors are the likely cause of the increase in the number of people suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's by Brigid Glanville
bullet Unraveling the Neuropsychological Assessment by Katherine D. Tsatsanis, Ph.D. and Fred R. Volkmar, M.D.
bullet Unraveling Autism - Part II. Research Findings and Directions by Shelley Wu, Ph.D.
bullet Use of Antipsychotics Doubles for Low-I.orge Kids - "The use of antipsychotic drugs among low-i.orge children in Tennessee nearly doubled between 1996 and 2001, a new study finds," by Amanda Gardner
bullet Utah kids in autism project - International genome base: The study will try to pinpoint the mutation factors in the hereditary disorder By Jacob Santini
bullet Video Can Detect a Form of Autism - "Two University of Florida researchers have discovered that when it.orges to one form of autism, called Asperger's syndrome, the camera may reveal what even a child's parents fail to see. Home videos of an infant's movements can be used to detect Asperger's, a milder yet poorly understood form of autism, years earlier than the disorder is typically identified, according to Osnat and Philip Teitelbaum," by Diane Chun
bullet Virtual Clinic Will Offer Solution to $25 Billion Autism CrisisAs the incidence of autism grows to epidemic proportions, a Canadian woman has enlisted technology and people to wage war on autism with an innovative approach. Her solution will bring training and intervention guidance directly into the homes of those in desperate need of a new solution. - “Worldwide, 1 in 250 children are born with autism each year,” said Cynthia Howroyd, President and CEO of Virtual Expert Clinics (VEC). “It was 1 in 10,000 thirty years ago, and the problem is doubling every two years. Costs in North America alone are a staggering $25 billion annually and timely, quality services are still out of reach for many families.  With personal experience herself as a clinical therapist in autism intervention, Ms. Howroyd has.orgbined a powerful set of digital tools and a team of world-class experts to offer an innovative approach that promises to revolutionize autism service delivery and make it universally accessible." by PRWEB / Press Release
bullet Virtual reality lab yields data at St. Anselm - "A high-tech virtual reality lab, tucked behind the brick walls at St. Anselm College and away from the quiet calm of a campus on vacation, remained abuzz this summer with psychology students and professors continuing research on Attention Deficit Disorder.
bullet Warnings over anti-depressants spark praise, concerns - Antidepressants have a valuable role in the treatment of children, several doctors said yesterday. Most interviewed expressed concern that a Food and Drug Administration panel's r.orgmendation -- that such drugs bear a label warning of increased risk of suicidal thought and behavior -- might discourage use of the drugs for children already at risk by Jamie Talan
bullet Workshop Teaches Simple Movement Techniques That Switch on Learning by eMediaWire
bullet Wyeth Comments on FDA Joint Advisory Committee Antidepressant Safety R.orgmendation for Pediatric Population / Wyeth Commits to Work With FDA to Develop Appropriate Warnings for Pediatric Use - Press Release


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