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Cutting-edge 3D facial scans could give genetic clues to autism

New Western Australian research is using high-tech 3D facial scans to give us a better understanding of the genetic causes of autism.

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Pilot study of diet/exercise in young adults with intellectual disabilities is promising

Adhering to a diet and exercise program to manage health can be a challenge for anyone.

Autism spectrum disorders

Autism: A spectrum on the path to segmentation

Autism is a multi-faceted disorder that cannot be identified by a single symptom or explained by a single biological cause. As a result, it is referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). People with ASD experience a wide ...

Autism spectrum disorders

Using video for the early detection of autism

Individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder often present communication issues and difficulties in social interactions. Although very frequent, this disorder is challenging to diagnose before the age of five. However, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Autistic individuals have increased risk of COVID-19

Autistic adults, adults with intellectual disability, and adults with mental health diagnoses have multiple risk factors for infection with COVID-19 and for experiencing more severe disease if they contract COVID-19, according ...

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Sibling's likelihood of autism diagnosis impacted by age gap

Mothers of children with autism who delayed their subsequent pregnancy by 2.5 to three years reduced the likelihood of their next child also being diagnosed on the spectrum, new research shows.

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Study finds children with autism respond well to puppets

A new study by researchers at the Yale Child Study Center demonstrates that puppets can attract and hold the attention of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), raising the potential for developing more engaging therapies ...

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Support for adults with autism

Autistic adults may have different behaviors or perspectives in the workplace or in social situations which may lead them into compromised situations. Some might be excluded from social and job opportunities, taken advantage ...

Genetics

Gene associated with autism linked to itch response

A pilot study from North Carolina State University has found that a gene associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and pain hypersensitivity may actually decrease itch response. Atopic dermatitis and pain hypersensitivity ...