Autism in the News – 05.26.11
Scientists Find Molecular Similarities in Brains of Those with Autism (HealthDay)
The symptoms and severity of autism vary widely, but new research shows remarkable similarities at the molecular level in the brains of people with the disorder. Read more.
Prenatal vitamins reduce the risk of autism by half, even more for some higher-risk cases (Los Angeles Times)
Women who reported not taking prenatal vitamins immediately before and during a pregnancy were twice as likley to have a child with autism, UC Davis researchers reported Wednesday. If the women also had a mutation in a high-risk gene, they were seven times as likely to have a child with the developmental disorder, the researchers reported in the online edition of the journal Epidemiology. The study is scheduled to appear in print in July. Read more.
School founder denies he obstructed justice (Dedham, Mass.)
The head of a controversial special needs school denied in court yesterday that he obstructed justice four years ago, yet he agreed to leave his post as part of a deal with prosecutors that will probably lead to the case being dropped in five years. Read more.
Asperger’s Syndrome: High-Functioning Autism to Lose Its Name (ABC News)
Eileen Parker was 41 years old when she discovered her quirky, misunderstood behavior had a name: Asperger’s. The syndrome, which is marked by impaired social interaction and sensory overload, joins other neurological disorders on the autism spectrum. And for Parker, the label came as a relief. Read more.
Autism Speaks still growing, adapting in South Jersey (Phillyburbs.com)
On May 21, Mount Laurel hosted the 10th annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Almost 4,000 people were in attendance to show their support by raising funds for research, services, and treatments for those living their lives on the autism spectrum. Top fundraisers were honored on stage and given pins as a thank you for all their hard work during this fundraising season. Autism Speaks was also able to honor the few teams that have been walking for 10 years, since the beginning. Read more.