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Children's Hospital Receives Grant from Autism Speaks

Pat Levitt, PhD, Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, has received a grant of nearly $1 million from Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. Funding will support research into the treatment of chronic constipation to improve behavioral symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).In the largest study of its kind, Levitt's team will recruit 120 children between the ages of 5 and 12 who are affected by autism and ...

Posted on: October 31, 2014
Research on Down syndrome & Alzheimer's

A new study by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute reveals the process that leads to changes in the brains of individuals with Down syndrome -- the same changes that cause dementia in Alzheimer's patients. The findings, published in Cell Reports, have important implications for the development of treatments that can prevent damage in neuronal connectivity and brain function in Down syndrome and other neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer's ...

Posted on: October 30, 2014
SLPs Trial Technology for Stroke Rehab

Of the 152, 000 individuals in the UK to survive a stroke each year, approximately 20-30% of them will experience slurred speech (dysarthria). Dysarthria is caused by muscle weakness and is known to impact significantly on psychological well-being and recovery after stroke.In a new study, led by speech and language therapist Claire Mitchell at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI), will pilot an app called ReaDySpeech that Claire developed with funding from Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS ...

Posted on: October 29, 2014
RIC Celebrates 60 Years

Since opening their doors in 1954 at 401 E. Ohio, Chicago, Ill., almost one million patients have had their lives positively impacted by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).The RIC's reputation as the leader in its field is unmatched, being named for 24 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report as the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America."  And RIC is the #1 National Institutes of Health Rehabilitation Hospital, receiving significantly more funding -- $85 million -- than any other ...

Posted on: October 28, 2014
SpeechVive Helps People with Parkinson's

SpeechVive Inc., a company commercializing a Purdue University innovation that helps people with Parkinson's disease to speak more loudly and communicate more effectively, has expanded the availability of its product, which is currently available in nearly 15 locations across the United States.Four years of clinical data show that the device, called SpeechVive, is effective in helping 90% of users to communicate more effectively.More than 1.5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with ...

Posted on: October 27, 2014
Califone Audio: Prepare for Common Core Testing

The clock is ticking, and school districts are running out of time to acquire the audio equipment required to administer Common Core assessments this spring. Many districts have not ordered the tech resources needed for the new tests, and the longer they procrastinate, the more difficult it will be to procure the equipment. To make the process less stressful for district administrators, Califone International LLC is going the extra mile. The premier manufacturer of quality audio technology for schools ...

Posted on: October 25, 2014
Early Intervention Benefits Preschoolers Who Stutter

While the majority of preschool children who stutter will grow out of it, those who don't can benefit from early intervention, say Purdue University speech experts."Those who persist with stuttering may struggle in school as well as in socializing with their peers," said Barbara Brown, speech-language pathologist and coordinator of the Purdue Stuttering Project. "Therapy can be especially beneficial in helping these young children cope with anxiety, self-confidence and the feeling of being different. ...

Posted on: October 24, 2014
More Research on Autism & Air Pollutants

A researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has added to a growing body of evidence that links autism to air pollutants such as those generated by cars and trucks.Amy Kalkbrenner's study, published this week online at the journal Epidemiology, showed that pollution's impact on autism rates in North Carolina is similar to results of pollution-autism studies in California -- despite weather and climate differences between the two states.In addition, the work of Kalkbrenner and her ...

Posted on: October 23, 2014
Gene Associated With Autism Evolved Recently

Human geneticists have discovered that a region of the genome associated with autism contains genetic variation that evolved in the last 250,000 years, after the divergence of humans from ancient hominids, and likely plays an important role in disease. Their findings were presented recently at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego. Researchers at the University of Washington analyzed the genomes of 2,551 humans, 86 apes, one Neanderthal, and one Denisovan. They ...

Posted on: October 22, 2014
First Autism-Friendly Pediatric Emergency Department

A trip to the emergency room can be unpleasant for anyone in pain or discomfort. But for children and adolescents with autism, the fast-paced environment and bright lighting only adds to the trauma."For patients with autism and for their families or caregivers, this can be a nightmare experience," said Olga Goldfarb, MD, director of the Autism Program at Capital Health's Institute for Neurosciences. "They have problems interacting and approaching other people. It can be very scary for those with ...

Posted on: October 21, 2014
October 22: International Stuttering Awareness Day

"Each year, International Stuttering Awareness Day gives us such a wonderful platform to remind the global stuttering community about our resources, many of which are available for free to people who stutter as well as their family and friends," said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation. "Help is always available for anyone who wants it."In addition to our website -- -- which attracts more than 48 million unique visitors each year, we offer a number of ways to get ...

Posted on: October 20, 2014
Broccoli Sprouts A Treatment For Autism?

Results of a small clinical trial suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts -- and best known for claims that it can help prevent certain cancers -- may ease classic behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).The study, a joint effort by scientists at Mass General Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, involved 40 teenage boys and young men, ages 13 to 27, with moderate to severe autism.In a report published online in the journal ...

Posted on: October 18, 2014
Mouse Version Of ASD Improves With Synthetic Oil

When young mice with the rodent equivalent of a rare autism spectrum disorder (ASD), called Rett syndrome, were fed a diet supplemented with the synthetic oil triheptanoin, they lived longer than mice on regular diets. Importantly, their physical and behavioral symptoms were also less severe after being on the diet, according to results of new research from The Johns Hopkins University.Researchers involved in the study think that triheptanoin improved the functioning of mitochondria, energy factories ...

Posted on: October 17, 2014
Childhood Eating Difficulties a Sign of Psychological Issues?

Researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital are warning parents that difficult eaters could have underlying psychological issues, as they have found that restrictive behaviors can appear before puberty. "Many researchers believe that bulimia only appears at adolescence, but our studies indicate that the problem can arises much earlier. It is possible that it is currently under-diagnosed due to a lack of awareness and investigation," explained ...

Posted on: October 16, 2014
Multicenter Research Network for Eosinophilic Disorders

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has joined a new consortium recently announced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases called eosinophilic disorders.A five-year, $6.25 million NIH grant will establish the Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Researchers, or CEGIR.Eosinophilic disorders involve an excessive number of white blood cells called eosinophils within the gastrointestinal tract. As components of the immune system, ...

Posted on: October 15, 2014
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