Prenatal exposure to air pollution ups child's autism risk

A new study has revealed that women who are exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter specifically during pregnancy-particularly during the third trimester-may face up to twice the risk of having a child with autism than mothers living in areas with low particulate matter.

Brain inflammation may lead to autism

Whereas the exact cause of autism is still not known, researchers have shown that the disease is related to inflammation in the brain, thereby providing a ray of hope for its cure.

Lesser the physical activity, poorer the academic performance in kids

 In a new study scientists have claimed that decreased physical activity during childhood lead to poor academic performance.

Men's sperm quality does deteriorates with age

 A new study has demonstrated that sperm quality in men reduces with age and it can lead to couple's infertility and a range of negative health problems for the child.

Under trail cancer drug may help reverse autism's behavioral symptoms

 A new study has revealed that a drug undergoing test as a treatment for cancer could also help reverse autism's behavioral symptoms.

Why autistic people see faces differently

 People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gain different perceptions from peoples' faces as the way they gather information - not the judgement process itself - is different from those without the disorder, says a study.

Government officials having autistic children won't be transferred

Government officials who have autistic children will now be exempt from routine transfers.

Novel treatments for autism on horizon

Rare mutations in more than 100 genes affect networks in the brain that result in autism, showed two major genetic studies on the syndrome led by scientists at the University of California.

Scientists discover scores of new genes linked to increased autism risk

Scientists have found several types of rare, genetic differences in more than 14,000 DNA samples from parents, affected children, and unrelated individuals that are linked to increased risk of autism.

Exposure to air toxics may cause autism in kids

In a new study, scientists have found that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were likelier to have been exposed to high level of certain air toxics while they were in their mothers' womb and in the first 2 years of life.

20% siblings of the autistic show symptoms at 18 months

A new study has revealed that about 20 percent of younger siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) developed the condition by age 18 months to 3 years.

`Super broccoli` may help improve autism symptoms

Scientists have discovered that eating broccoli, packed with a health-boosting compound called `sulphoraphane`, helps improve some social and behavioural problems in people suffering from symptoms of autism spectrum disorders.

Kids with autism more sedentary than normal peers

Children with autism are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day sitting, a study says.

Kids conceived after interval of 5 or more years at higher risk of autism

A new study has revealed that children who are conceived either less than 1 year or more than 5 years after the birth of their prior sibling are more likely to be diagnosed with autism than children conceived following an interval of 2-5 years.

Delayed language onset triggers autism?

A common characteristic of autism - language delay in early childhood - leaves a definite "signature" in the brain, says new research.

Proper iron intake must to save babies from autism

A new study has linked low iron intake with a five-fold greater risk of autism in children if the mother was 35 or older at the time of the child's birth or if she suffered from metabolic conditions such as obesity, hyper-tension or diabetes.

Tweaking brain circuits may cure autism

In a ray of hope for people suffering from autism, researchers have discovered neuron populations in a region of the mouse brain that controls whether the animal engages in social behaviour or asocial repetitive self-grooming behaviour.

Sex hormone is linked to autism: Indian-origin scientist

In men suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), lower levels of the sex hormone estrogen may be related to changes in the brain's estrogen signalling, says an Indian-origin researcher.

Autistic kids have `too` many synapses in brain

A new study has revealed that autistic children and adolescents have extra synapses in the brain.

New tool to detect gene mutations

Researchers have devised a way to analyse genome sequences in what could help physicians map the risk of various afflictions, including cancer and autism.