The level of activity of a cellular signaling pathway correlates with the degree of social and cognitive impairments in children with an autism-linked genetic abnormality, according to unpublished research presented Sunday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego. Biomarkers are objective biological measurements — such as the level of a certain chemical in the blood — that would enable scientists to reliably identify individuals with autism or predict how these individuals will fare over the long term. Researchers have struggled to
The largest genetic analysis yet conducted of people lacking a brain structure called the corpus callosum shows that the condition shares many risk factors with autism.The corpus callosum is the thick bundle of nerve fibers that connects the two hemispheres of the brain.
Sensory processing disorders (SPD) are more prevalent in children than autism and as common as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, yet it receives far less attention partly because it’s never been recognized as a distinct disease.