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Expert in Translating Autism Research Joins UC Davis

Aubyn Stahmer, an expert in the translation of evidence-based autism research to community-based practice and delivery, has joined the UC Davis MIND Institute as an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.Stahmer, a licensed clinical psychologist, comes to UC Davis from UC San Diego, where she was research director of the Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, and associate director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center."We ...

Posted on: January 26, 2015
Disruptive Children Benefit From Tailored Classroom Intervention

Young children with disruptive behaviors have fewer opportunities to learn in school than their focused peers, and are at risk for lower levels of academic achievement. These children often have high maintenance temperaments, characterized by high physical activity, low ability to persist at tasks, and negative reactions to even minor situations.A new study in the journal Early Childhood Research Quarterly finds that kindergartners and first graders with high maintenance temperaments showed less ...

Posted on: January 23, 2015
Circumcision and Autism Linked?

Boys who are circumcised before the age of five are more likely to develop autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new 10-year study. It's possible the controversial medical procedure could be linked with ADHD as well, Business 2 Community reports from a study conducted at the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen. The research is published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.Professor Morten Frisch led the research project, ...

Posted on: January 21, 2015
Nasal Spray as Treatment for Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment

A man-made form of insulin delivered by nasal spray may improve working memory and other mental capabilities in adults with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease dementia, according to a pilot study led by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.The study's subjects were 60 adults diagnosed with amnesic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild to moderate Alzheimer's dementia (AD). Those who received nasally-administered 40 international unit (IU) doses of insulin detemir, a ...

Posted on: January 19, 2015
Diverse Autism Mutations Lead to Different Outcomes

People with autism have a wide range of symptoms, with no two people sharing the exact type and severity of behaviors. Now a large-scale analysis of hundreds of patients and nearly 1000 genes has started to uncover how diversity among traits can be traced to differences in patients' genetic mutations. The study, conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, was published Dec. 22 in the journal Nature Neuroscience.Autism researchers have identified hundreds of genes that, when mutated, ...

Posted on: January 16, 2015
New Therapy for Ischemic Stroke

Novastem, a leader in regenerative medicine, recently announced the treatment of its first patient in its study for ischemic stroke at Clinica Santa Clarita. According to the American Stroke Association, ischemic strokes account for 87% of all stroke cases. Novastem continues to enroll qualified patients in the study, entitled "Internal Research Protocol in Combination Therapy of Intravenous Administration of Allogeneic Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Intrathecal Administration of Neural Stem Cells in Patients ...

Posted on: January 14, 2015
UT Researchers Get Dept. of Education Grant

Two University of Tennessee Health Science Center researchers have received a $1 million grant from The U.S. Department of Education.Ilsa Schwarz, professor emeritus, and Jillian McCarthy-Maeder, assistant professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, will use the funding to support the training of master's level students for literacy and language outcomes.The project, called "Preparing Speech-Language Pathologists to Improve Literacy and Language Outcomes for Children Who Are Deaf or ...

Posted on: January 12, 2015
New" Synchrony" Program for Dysphagia

Heartland of Jackson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Jackson, Ohio, wants to share some important news with the Jackson community about patients with dysphagia. HCR Manorcare/Heartland has recently introduced a revolutionary program for the treatment of swallowing disorders called "Synchrony." The program was developed in conjunction with Accelerated Care Plus (ACP), a recognized provider of integrated clinical programs and medical devices. HCR Manorcare is the only post-acute and long term care ...

Posted on: January 09, 2015
Autism Linked to Air Pollution Exposure in Pregnancy

Women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy could be twice as likely to have an autistic child, a study found.Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found the risk of autism rises in parallel with exposure to fine particulate matter during pregnancy, with the biggest effect occurring in the final months of gestation. The results appear in a recent edition of Environmental Health Perspectives.The findings add to other research suggesting the ...

Posted on: January 07, 2015
Doctors Working To Diagnose Autism Before Kids Are Born

There's a potential breakthrough regarding autism. Doctors might now be able to tell if a child has autism before they're born. Making a diagnosis of autism depends on signs and symptoms as a child grows and develops."Right now, we consider an early diagnosis made anywhere between 18 months and 3 years of age. Making a diagnosis before 18 months of age is really, really difficult. I don't think anyone is making the diagnosis of autism before 18 months of age. However, you can find red flags before 18 ...

Posted on: January 05, 2015
Autism Studied for New Treatment Approaches

Some of the genetic diseases that can cause autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID) are so rare that even physicians who specialize in treating them can't be certain they have seen every possible symptom.That's a problem for those clinicians, and it also makes it difficult to design interventions in hopes of improving the lives of people who live with the diseases.But a new nationwide effort, the Developmental Synaptopathies Consortium (DSC), which includes Rush and other top ...

Posted on: January 02, 2015
Reversal Of Alzheimer's Symptoms Without Drugs

Alzheimer's disease affects an estimated five million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. While the disease still remains "incurable," scientists are working diligently to do the next best thing: reverse the condition's symptoms. There have been a number of treatments claiming to reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease, but one UCLA study proposes a way of doing this without the use of medication.In a small study, Dale Bredesen and his team at UCLA were able to ...

Posted on: December 31, 2014
Proposed $25 Mil Increase for Alzheimer's in FY'15 Budget

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing optimal care for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families, issued the following statements to Congressional appropriators, whose proposed fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget includes a $25 million increase for Alzheimer's disease research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).Statement from Bert Brodsky, AFA's board chairman:"The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) commends the efforts ...

Posted on: December 29, 2014
Autism Linked To Brain Inflammation

New research suggests brains affected by autism show similar signs of inflammation. Researchers looked at data from 72 autism and control brains and found those affected by the condition exhibited a "ramped-up" immune response, Johns Hopkins Medicine reported."There are many different ways of getting autism, but we found that they all have the same downstream effect," said Dan Arking, PhD, an associate professor in the McKusick-Nathans Institute for Genetic Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School ...

Posted on: December 26, 2014
Autism Speaks Launches Genome Sequencing Program

Recently, Autism Speaks launched "MSSNG," an awareness campaign to support the development of the world's largest database of sequenced genomic information on people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their family members. Autism Speaks is collaborating with Google to store sequenced data from MSSNG on the Google Cloud Platform, providing an open resource for scientists worldwide to access and share autism research.Previously known as The Autism Speaks Ten Thousand Genomes Program (AUT10K), MSSNG is ...

Posted on: December 24, 2014
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