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.

Adults with autism at higher risk of sexual victimisation

Adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimisation due to lack of sex education, a new study has warned.

Toddler`s eye contact may signal autism risk

Low levels of joint attention - the act of making eye contact with another person to share an experience - without a positive affective component (a smile) in the first year is linked to high risk of autism disorder, says a study.

Sex assault on cruise ships `all too common,` US hearing told

Sexual assault is "far too common" on cruise ships serving US ports, despite the cheerful image of fun on the high seas promoted by cruise lines, a Senate committee heard Wednesday.

Jenny McCarthy`s son got bullied during summer camp

Jenny McCarthy has revealed that her 12-year-old son Evan got bullied at a summer camp but because of his autism he did not realise this.

`Common` rare genetic factors responsible for developing autism: Study

A recent study has proved that 60 percent of the risk for developing autism is caused by genetics and a major portion of that risk is caused by inherited variant genes that are common in the population and present in individuals without the disorder.

Scientists discover new clues to brain`s wiring

In a step forward in learning how a developing brain is built, researchers have identified a group of proteins that programme a common type of brain nerve cell to connect with another type of nerve cell in the brain.

Do autistics struggle with driving?

In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self-reported driving behaviors and perceptions of driving ability in comparison to non-autistic adults.

How brain maintains activity balance

Ever wondered how we constantly adjust and adapt our social behaviour in response to external stimuli? A mechanism in the brain automatically does that for us.

Scientists link social behavior to activity in specific brain circuit

Stanford University investigators have found a particular brain circuit which guides mammals` tendency to interact socially.

Century-old drug approved for sleeping sickness may help treat autism: Study

A new study has revealed that a well-known drug that was first synthesized in 1916 and used to treat African sleeping sickness can reverse autism-like symptoms in mice and it might help humans eventually.

Older fathers pass more gene mutations to kids

Do you know that those who become father at late age tend to pass more gene mutations to their children as each extra year of age results in two extra mutations?

Air pollution may cause autism, schizophrenia

A new study has revealed that exposure to air pollution early in life makes people highly prone to autism and schizophrenia.