Autism

8:30am

Fri April 4, 2014
Mental Health

For A Diagnosis Of Both Mental Illness And A Disability There Are Gaps In The System

Alex Meredith, 29, draws at the family home in Littleton, Colo., Feb. 17, 2014. Meredith was diagnosed with autism when he was very young. He also displayed symptoms of mental illness.
Joe Mahoney I-News

12:24pm

Wed April 2, 2014
Shots - Health News

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 12:31 pm

Images of the developing fetal brain show connections among brain regions.
Allen Institute for Brain Science; Bruce Fischl, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.

The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking shape, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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12:32pm

Mon July 29, 2013
Shots - Health News

Boys With Autism Or ADHD More Prone To Overuse Video Games

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 3:50 pm

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children have no more than two hours a day of "screen time."
Marilyn Nieves iStockphoto.com

Video games can be a haven from the world, and it's easy to imagine that they would appeal to children who struggle with social interaction.

Boys with autism spectrum disorders or with ADHD are both prone to problematic use of video games, according to a study.

The researchers asked the parents of boys ages 8 to 18 to report on their child's video game use, including hours of use and the types of games they play.

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11:00am

Tue June 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

How To Make Museums More Inviting For Kids With Autism

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 10:33 am

Dylan Murphy, 3, plays with a swan at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. It was his first trip to a museum that didn't overwhelm him.
Courtesy of Noelle Murphy

Last January, Noelle Murphy and her family were on their way to the Please Touch Museum for children in Philadelphia. Right before they arrived, 3-year-old Dylan had an accident.

"He wet himself," Murphy said, "And we were thinking, 'Oh no, how are we going to deal with this?' "

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4:03pm

Mon June 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 9:31 am

Instructional assistant Jessica Reeder touches her nose to get Jacob Day, 3, who has autism, to focus his attention on her during a therapy session in April 2007.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

The human voice appears to trigger pleasure circuits in the brains of typical kids, but not children with autism, a Stanford University team reports. The finding could explain why many children with autism seem indifferent to spoken words.

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