Research & Technology

Obesity Linked to Autism

In a study released April 9, 2012 by Pediatrics, researchers looked at the possible link between metabolic conditions and autism.  While there were more cases of autism amongst mothers with metabolic conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension, metabolic conditions do not cause autism. 

Gene Studies Attempt to Solve Autism Mystery

The mystery surrounding autism’s causes frequently leads to research, including gene studies.  New gene studies investigating hundreds of families of children with autism have pointed out that mutations might be responsible for some cases of autism.

Do Environmental Chemicals Cause Autism?

With the CDC’s 2012 announcement that an estimated 1 in 88 children have autism, many researchers and parents are looking for answers.  Recent substantial evidence points to environmental chemicals as a possible cause of autism.  In 2010, Dr. Philip J. Landrigan published “What Causes Autism?

Can Brain Imaging Detect Autism?

Many researchers, scientists, doctors, therapists, parents, and caregivers agree that early intervention is the key to improving autism symptoms and helping children with autism reach a high-functioning state.  But can we detect autism early enough to make an impact?

Improvements in Autism Symptoms

Why is it that some children with autism “get better,” while others continue to struggle with their symptoms?  Early intervention and therapy involving learning proper social and communication skills are essential to reducing the prevalence of autism symptoms.

A Study of Cognitive Skills and the Brain

IWithin the last decade there has been an increasing awareness of the relationship between learning and cognitive skills.  The term “cognitive skill” refers to any mental skill that is used in the process of acquiring knowledge, including attention, working memory, reasoning, perception, intuition, planning, and so forth.

Cases of Autism on the Rise

It seems that with the rise of awareness of autism, the rate of diagnosis of the disorder is ever increasing.  In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control reported that nearly 1 in 150 children have autism; in 2009, the numbers rose to 1 in 110.

BPA Contributes to Learning Difficulties

A study reported in Science Daily confirms that the active form of Bisphenol A (BPA) is absorbed more rapidly into the body than previously thought. BPA is a toxic chemical found in paper and plastic used to store food and beverages. As an endocrine disruptor, BPA mimics the body’s own hormones leading to negative health effects.

AD/HD: Knowledge Is Power

Since knowledge is power, it’s worth staying informed about some of the latest AD/HD research findings. Here are a few of my favorites, which combine an "oh duh" component with a dash of "what a good idea." 

UCLA Research Study Seeking Participants

 The following is an Interview with Dr. Esther Hess regarding her upcoming research study and understanding the feelings of the neurotypical siblings of children impacted by autism.

 Editor: Dr. Hess, I understand that you are conducting a research study to better understand the feelings of neurotypical brothers and sisters who have siblings impacted by autism.

Dr. Hess: Yes, I am currently collaborating on this project with my colleague, Dr. Ted Hutman, a research specialist in autism at UCLA.