Cancer: Compound found in broccoli, kale can suppress tumour growth

The decreased risk of cancer has for long been associated with consumption of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and kale, but the actual gene which works for it was not known. The current research has found that these cruciferous vegetables contain a molecule which inactivates a gene known as WWP1

Cancer: Compound found in broccoli, kale can suppress tumour growthThe body has its own mechanisms for fighting cancer, but sometimes they are too weak to suppress tumour growth. Now, scientists have found that broccoli, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables contain a compound that could reinvigorate one of these innate mechanisms. Researchers from Harvard Medical Schools Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, saw […]

Autism may be accurately diagnosed as early as 14 months of age

It is well known that detecting autism as early as possible is critical for successful intervention

Autism may be accurately diagnosed as early as 14 months of ageNow, researchers have concluded that the disorder can be stably diagnosed from 14 months (1 year and 2 months) of age, providing an opportunity for medical advancement. A landmark event in the life of a toddler is their first birthday. This is the time when toddlers start learning to walk, talk, engage in joint social […]

Men who delay fatherhood put health of partners, unborn children at risk

Men who delay starting a family have a ticking ‘biological clock,’ just like women, which may affect the health of their partners and children; according to Rutgers researchers

Men who delay fatherhood put health of partners, unborn children at riskThe study, which reviewed 40 years of research on the effect of parental age on fertility, pregnancy and the health of children, was published in the journal Maturitas. “While it is widely accepted that physiological changes that occur in women after 35 can affect conception, pregnancy and the health of the child, most men do […]

No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, say researchers

An international group of researchers has taken one of the first major steps in finding the biological changes in the brain that drive foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)

No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, say researchersNew work using chaos theory to analyse brain signals, discussed this month in the journal Chaos, from AIP Publishing, shows the long-term effects. Researchers found that teenagers who were exposed to alcohol while in the womb showed altered brain connections that were consistent with impaired cognitive performance. Their findings were reached by measuring the responses […]

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 […]

World Autism Day: ‘Autism is not a disease, it is not a mental disorder’

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and non-verbal communication

World Autism Day: ‘Autism is not a disease, it is not a mental disorder’Autism is a complex neurobehavioral condition that includes impairments in social interaction and developmental language and communication skills combined with rigid, repetitive behaviours. Because of the range of symptoms, this condition is now called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr Samir Dalwai, a developmental and behavioural paediatrician and director of New Horizons Child Development Centre, sheds […]

World Autism Day: Parental training necessary to help manage kids with autism   

April 2 is observed as World Autism Day. Experts opined that parents need to be trained more on how to handle and deal with kids affected with autism

World Autism Day: Parental training necessary to help manage kids with autism   Individuals with autism often present other co-occurring conditions, including epilepsy, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Autism refers to a range of conditions characterised by some degree of impaired social behaviour, communication and language, and a narrow range of interests and activities that are both unique to the individual and carried out repetitively. […]

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 […]
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