Possible new therapeutic treatments for intellectual disability in Down syndrome

A team of researchers led by Dr. Victoria Puig from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), which also involved the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), has studied the neural basis of intellectual disability in mice with Down syndrome and has discovered that the neural networks of brain circuits relevant to memory and learning are over-activated and that the connectivity of these circuits is poor. The researchers have also observed that neural activity during […]

Helping those with autism during Coronavirus “stay in place”

Like so many people with autism, lockdown rules have only added to the challenges Matthew Russell faces. A trip to McDonald’s or the local pub had not only become a treat, but a key part of a settled weekly routine. However, the coronavirus outbreak has taken away those routines, causing distress and anxiety for many. So staff at an autism centre in south Wales have come up with ideas to help maintain structure, including a […]

Unlocking the Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Cason McKee was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old. Both of his parents worked with autistic children in the Texas school system, so they saw it coming. “Early on, when we first started noticing a difference in him, he was a typical 18-month old,” said Shannon McKee, Cason’s mother. “But between 18 months and 2 years, he started to lose his language and his interest in language. It happened gradually.” At Cason’s […]

Study Ties Over 100 Genes to Autism

By Amy Norton HealthDay News More than 100 genes appear to be involved in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to the largest genetic study of the condition to date. The study, involving over 50 centers around the globe, identified 102 genes associated with ASD — including a few dozen that had not been recognized before. Some of the genes are also associated with intellectual disabilities and developmental delays, the researchers said. But others are unique […]

The Hospital Emergency Room & Autism Spectrum Disorder

A practical guide for health professionals to meet the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurological disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate, understand language, and socially interact with others. The first signs of ASD usually appear as developmental delays before age three. Every person with ASD is different. However, there are some common characteristics of individuals with ASD that may occur: […]