Autism News

Children with autism ‘have too many synapses in their brain’

A new study by researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, finds that children and adolescents with autism have too many synapses in their brain, which can affect their brain function. Furthermore, the team believes it may be possible to reduce this excess synapse formation with a drug, paving the way […]

Study Finds That Brains With Autism Fail to Trim Synapses as They Develop

As a baby’s brain develops, there is an explosion of synapses, the connections that allow neurons to send and receive signals. But during childhood and adolescence, the brain needs to start pruning those synapses, limiting their number so different brain areas can develop specific functions and are not overloaded with stimuli. Now a new study […]

Honorary Fellowship for inspirational Autism expert

Professor Gary Mesibov has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from The University of Northampton UK during Summer Graduation Ceremonies today (19 July 2011). Professor Mesibov was recognised for his outstanding contribution over more than 30 years to the understanding and support of children and adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.   As Director of Division TEACCH […]

News_Study: Autism leaves molecular marks on brains

Elizabeth Cunningham Perkins – Digital Journal – In the Media: UCLA scientists announced the first study to reveal how autism makes signature marks at the molecular level of the brain, developing autistic patterns of gene protein encoding that differ significantly from gene expression within healthy brains. Autism has confounded researchers for decades, ScienceDaily reports, because […]

News-Asperger’s Syndrome: High-Functioning Autism to Lose Its Name

Asperger’s Syndrome: High-Functioning Autism to Lose Its Name By KATIE MOISSE May 25, 2011 ABC NEWS web site Eileen Parker was 41 years old when she discovered her quirky, misunderstood behavior had a name: Asperger’s. The syndrome, which is marked by impaired social interaction and sensory overload, joins other neurological disorders on the autism spectrum. […]