Researchers create a child-friendly ‘gaze test’ to identify autism in young kids

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be a very difficult condition to diagnose, particularly in young children. Previously, we’ve seen technology intended to detect it by ‘reading’ kids’ faces. A new system, however, also gets children to read the faces of others

Researchers create a child-friendly ‘gaze test’ to identify autism in young kidsCurrently, doctors determine if children have ASD based on interviews with them, or via questionnaires that the young patients complete. Unfortunately, both of these approaches can be quite tiresome for restless toddlers, potentially resulting in inaccurate diagnoses. With that in mind, scientists at Canada’s University of Waterloo have developed what is said to be a […]

Disruptive behaviours in autistic children linked to reduced brain connectivity

More than a quarter of children with autism spectrum disorder are also diagnosed with disruptive behaviour disorders

Disruptive behaviours in autistic children linked to reduced brain connectivityFor the first time, Yale researchers have identified a possible biological cause: a key mechanism that regulates emotion functions differently in the brains of the children who exhibit disruptive behaviour. The study appears in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. “Disruptive behaviours such as aggression, irritability, and noncompliance are common in children with autism, and […]

All you need to know about autism in children

Dr Riddhi Mehta, a Consultant Developmental Paediatrician, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, shares her insights on Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to recognise it and tackle the same

All you need to know about autism in childrenWhat is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects the way a child communicates and relates to other people. Most children with ASD generally have difficulties in the areas of social interaction, use of verbal and non-verbal communication in social settings, restricted interests and play skills with repetitive patterns […]

Consuming folic acid, multivitamins during pregnancy tied to lower autism risk

Kids were less likely to be diagnosed with autism if their moms took supplements before pregnancy and while they were expecting, according to a study of just over 45,000 Israeli children

Consuming folic acid, multivitamins during pregnancy tied to lower autism riskWomen who take multivitamins and folic acid during or before pregnancy cut the risk of their children developing autism by nearly three quarters, according to new research. A study of more than 45,000 children whose mothers had taken supplements were 73 per cent less likely to be on the autism spectrum. Mothers who consumed the […]

World Autism Day: One in five young adults with autism suffers from depression

People with autism are far more likely to develop depression in adulthood, according to a study.  Those with the condition were more than three times as likely as the general population to receive a diagnosis of depression by the age of 27

World Autism Day: One in five young adults with autism suffers from depressionDepression affects almost 20 per cent of young adults with autism, new research shows, a rate that’s more than triple that seen in the general population. And young adults with autism who were relatively high-functioning – meaning they did not have intellectual disabilities – were actually at higher risk of depression than people with more […]

Exposure to pesticides in womb may increase autism risk in kids

Exposure to pesticides in womb may increase autism risk in kidsThough the condition varies between people, symptoms commonly include repetitive behaviour, difficulties adapting to change, and trouble in social situations. Exactly what causes autism and how it develops is still up for debate, but it is widely recognised that there is likely to be interplay between environmental and genetic factors. Much headway has been made […]

Kids with ADHD and autism at a higher risk of developing anxiety

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and ADHD had more than twice (or 2.2 times) the risk of anxiety disorder and 2.7 times the risk of other mood disorders. Researchers also found that these psychiatric conditions were more prevalent in older children. Intervention during early childhood is important to promote the optimal development and well-being of people with an ASD

Kids with ADHD and autism at a higher risk of developing anxietyThe study, which compares comorbidities among patients with ASD and ADHD, and ASD alone, is one of the largest of its kind. A team of researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute used the data from a cross-sectional survey of children aged between six to seventeen years old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study included […]

World Autism Day: Taking prenatal vitamins early in pregnancy lowers risk of autism in kids

Taking prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy is associated with a lower risk of developing autism in children who are at high risk for the disorder, according to a new study

World Autism Day: Taking prenatal vitamins early in pregnancy lowers risk of autism in kidsResearchers followed 241 children whose older siblings had a diagnosis of autism and who therefore had an increased risk of being diagnosed with the disorder. The researchers evaluated the children’s development starting at 6 months through 3 years of age. At the same time, the moms were asked through phone interviews and mailed questionnaires about […]

World Autism Day: Early exposure to pesticides linked to small increased risk of developing autism

Exposure to common agricultural pesticides before birth and in the first year of life is associated with a small to moderately increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared with infants of women without such exposure, finds a study published in The BMJ

World Autism Day: Early exposure to pesticides linked to small increased risk of developing autismThe researchers say their findings support efforts to prevent exposure to pesticides during pregnancy to protect a child’s developing brain. Experimental studies have suggested that common pesticides can affect normal brain development, and environmental exposures during early brain development are suspected to increase risk for autism spectrum disorders in children. But studies examining pesticide exposure […]

Mumbai: Stem cell therapy offers ray of hope to a Kenyan child with autism

For the first time after 10 years, the patient has shown signs of improvement after cell based therapy

Mumbai: Stem cell therapy offers ray of hope to a Kenyan child with autismMike, a 12-year-old boy from Nairobi, Kenya was admitted under Dr Pradeep Mahajan, Regenerative Medicine Researcher in Mumbai, India with parental complaints of poor attention span, no eye contact, no social interaction, flapping of hands, an inability to point at objects, lack of functional independence, mouthing, babbling, and inability to speak clearly. At the age […]
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