One of the key factors in autism is visual focus. From the time of birth, normal babies are drawn to look at faces, and particularly the top of the face, where the eyes are located. Dr. Volkmar’s research has been...
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Did you know that 1 in 88 children are diagnosed as ‘on the spectrum’ of ASD?
Autism, more commonly referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by clinicians and families, is a biological condition that limits a child’s ability to develop social relationships and communicate. As a result, children often have significant problems in learning and experience many behavioral difficulties. The condition is usually life-long, although overall outcome is improving.
Three independent research teams recently reported that for the first time, specific gene mutations known as 'De novo mutations' are risk factors for autism. One of these teams consisted of NARSAD Young Investigators...
In 2008, Scientific Council Members Mary-Claire King, Ph.D. from the University of Washington—widely known for her discovery of a mutation in a gene she named BRCA1 that led to powerful breast cancer diagnostics—and...
In people with autism spectrum disorders, nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex and other brain regions show subtle defects. Rare genetic mutations account for only about 10 percent of autism cases. The cause of the...
On the front page of Monday’s NY Times, Amy Harmon introduces Jack Robison and Kirsten Lindsmith, two young adults diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a brain and behavior disorder ‘on the spectrum’ of Autism Spectrum...