Autism

10:54am

Fri May 10, 2013
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Kids With Autism Quick To Detect Motion

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 5:37 am

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Children with autism see simple movements twice as fast as other children their age, a new study finds.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Rochester were looking to test a common theory about autism which holds that overwhelming sensory stimulation inhibits other brain functions. The researchers figured they could check that by studying how kids with autism process moving images.

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1:26am

Mon April 22, 2013
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Young Adults With Autism Can Thrive In High-Tech Jobs

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 1:07 pm

Amelia Schabel, 23, works with art director Andrew LaBounty at the nonPareil Institute in Plano, Texas.
Courtesy of nonPareil

The job hunt is complicated enough for most high school and college graduates — and even tougher for the growing number of young people on the autism spectrum. Despite the obstacles that people with autism face trying to find work, there's a natural landing place: the tech industry.

Amelia Schabel graduated from high school five years ago. She had good grades and enrolled in community college. But it was too stressful. After less than a month she was back at home, doing nothing.

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3:12pm

Wed February 27, 2013
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How Guinea Pigs Could Help Autistic Children

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 11:18 am

A guinea pig does its part for science and human relations by sitting on the lap of an autistic child.
Erin Burnett Courtesy of Maggie O'Haire

Feeling a little awkward? Consider skipping the alcohol and grabbing a pet instead.

As any dog walker knows, it's easy — unavoidable, even — to strike up conversations with strangers when accompanied by a canine friend. Smaller animals like rabbits and turtles can also lubricate social interactions.

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2:31pm

Tue February 12, 2013
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Folic Acid For Pregnant Mothers Cuts Kids' Autism Risk

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 11:19 am

Despite public health campaigns urging women in the U.S. to take folic acid, many are still not taking the supplements when they become pregnant.
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A common vitamin supplement appears to dramatically reduce a woman's risk of having a child with autism.

A study of more than 85,000 women in Norway found that those who started taking folic acid before getting pregnant were about 40 percent less likely to have a child who developed the disorder, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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1:31am

Mon February 4, 2013
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Shortage Of Brain Tissue Hinders Autism Research

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 6:39 am

Jonathan Mitchell is autistic and wants to donate his brain to science when he dies.
David Gilkey NPR

Research on autism is being hobbled by a shortage of brain tissue.

The brain tissue comes from people with autism who have died, and it has allowed researchers to make key discoveries about how the disorder affects brain development.

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