Jenny McCarthy’s son never had autism? She speaks out

by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Have you heard Jenny McCarthy’s son may never have had autism? Renewed interest into the star’s son has prompted her to speak out and address speculation Evan Asher was misdiagnosed. The conversation began on January 3, when RadarOnline published a story about a 2010 Time Magazine interview, in which the…… […]

Hospital-diagnosed maternal infections linked to increased autism risk

Hospital-diagnosed maternal bacterial infections during pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published Dec. 23 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Hospital infection in pregnancy tied to higher risk of autism

A new study finds that hospital-diagnosed bacterial infections in pregnancy are associated with a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders.Researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research report their findings in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Children with autism have elevated levels of steroid hormones in the womb

Scientists have discovered that children who later develop autism are exposed to elevated levels of steroid hormones (for example testosterone, progesterone and cortisol) in the womb. The finding may help explain why autism is more common in males than females, but should not be used to screen for the condition. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

Toni Braxton is woefully wrong about abortion & autism

by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities One particular passage of Toni Braxton’s new book, Unbreak My Heart, is truly heartbreaking. In the new tell-all, which delves into her health battle with Lupus, bankruptcy and thoughts of suicide, the songstress also opens up for the first time about her abortion regret and son Diezel’s autism. Writing…… […]

7 truths about autism you should know

by Amy Hatch posted in Mom Stories In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, we turned to two moms who have first-hand experience to help us uncover the truth about autism—from the unique perspective of a parent. Both Shannon Des Roches Rosa and Mir Kamin are mothers to sons who were diagnosed with autism at a… […]

New method of screening children for autism spectrum disorders works at 9 months old

Researchers have identified head circumference and head tilting reflex as two reliable biomarkers in the identification of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children that are between 9 and 12 months of age. ASD is identifiable as early as two years old, although most children are not identified until after the age of four. While a […]

Parental obesity and autism risk in the child: Is paternal obesity a greater risk factor than maternal obesity?

Several studies have looked at possible links between maternal obesity during pregnancy and the risk of developmental disorders in the child. However, paternal obesity could be a greater risk factor than maternal obesity, according to a new study. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

Exceptional insight into diseases like autism offered by the BrainSpan Atlas

Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have generated a high-resolution blueprint for how to build a human brain, with a detailed map of where different genes are turned on and off during mid-pregnancy at unprecedented anatomical resolution. This first major report using data from the BrainSpan Atlas of the Developing Human Brain is […]

Autism begins in the womb, according to a new study

A new study claims to show for the first time that autism begins in the womb, while another examines possible environmental influences on autism development.The origins of autism have been passionately debated by many scientists and commentators. What is known about autism is that it is a physical condition, which is linked to abnormal biology […]

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