Research & Technology

Loneliness Increases Risk of Death

According to a study published June 18, 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, older adults who are lonely are 45 percent more likely to die than their peers who are social.  Additionally, a separate study shows that adults with heart disease who live alone are 25 percent more likely to die from the illness.

Autism Treatments for Very Young Children

The future of autism research and treatment is focused on early childhood.  As most parents and scientists know, early intervention is key for better treatment and better results.  However, many children are not being diagnosed with autism until age 4 or 5.

Oxytocin Hormone Shows Promise for Treating Autism

Oxytocin, known as the “mother-infant bond hormone,” has shown in studies to be effective in treating the social deficits associated with autism.  Oxytocin is a hormone secreted at birth and after, and it helps with the mother-child bond.  It also affects other non-mother/child behaviors, such as feeling more open and trusting towards other people.

New iOS 6 Helps Special Needs

Children with autism and other special needs are using the iPad and other Apple devices for therapeutic or educational apps, and Apple knows it.  On June 11, 2012, Apple announced the release of the new iOS 6, which includes some features beneficial for the special needs community.

Can You Prevent Autism with Folic Acid?

Hungry during pregnancy?  Try a bowl of cereal.  A new research study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that women who consumed at least 600 micrograms of folic acid daily had a 38 percent lower risk of having a child on the autism spectrum.

Is There a New Drug for Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disorder caused by damage to a child’s brain before, during, or shortly after birth.  Symptoms vary in severity and include stiff muscles, involuntary movements, or cognitive deficits.  Some children are able to function quite normally, while others will require continued care throughout their lives.

Study Says S p a c i n g Letters Apart Helps Dyslexia

Researchers from the University of Padua in Italy studied Italian and French children with dyslexia and found that extra space in between letters helped them read.  These children showed an increase of reading speed by 20 percent and doubled reading accuracy.

Researchers said the increased reading speed is equivalent to that of one year in school, and they were surprised by the incredible outcome. 

Pilot Study Suggests Antioxidant Supplement Helps Autism Symptoms

Researchers from Stanford School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital studied 31 children with autism and found a specific antioxidant supplement helped reduce some symptoms of autism.

Exercise Helps Improve ADHD Symptoms

Many people have known for a long time that exercise has many positive benefits; it makes us more fit, evens temperament, and can even make us feel happy.  These effects on the brain also suggest that increased activity and exercise can help improve ADHD symptoms, including impaired cognition and memory.

Nature Neuroscience Study Shows Unique Scientific Support for Potential New Myelin Repair Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

Funded by the Myelin Repair Foundation, Study Conducted by Case Western Reserve University Scientists Find Improvement with Mesenchymal Stem Cell Signals in Animal Models of Multiple Sclerosis