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French Scientists Have Found Where Autism Hides in the Brain

Posted: 01/20/16 14:48

Autism is hiding in one of the brain's folds, and a new biomarker discovered by French scientists can be detected in children as young as two. The breakthrough could make diagnosis of the condition much easier. The abnormality manifests itself in a shallower-than-usual fold located in Broca's area, the region of the brain responsible for language and communication that autism affects. The researchers are confident the new findings will go a long way to earlier diagnosis...

Clinton Unveils Plan to Increase Autism Services

Posted: 01/13/16 16:27

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton wants to expand autism insurance coverage and job opportunities for those on the spectrum while curtailing the use of restraint and seclusion. The steps are part of a broad plan to address the needs of the nation's growing number of children and adults with autism that the Democratic presidential candidate unveiled Tuesday while campaigning in Iowa. "Too many American families are staying up at...

Could Football Practices Without Helmets Help Prevent Concussions?

Posted: 01/06/16 17:14

A new strategy to prevent concussions on the football field that seems counterintuitive may actually work, a new study suggests. Instead of shielding the head with increasing layers of padding, researchers think they can reduce head impacts by having players temporarily practice without helmets. That approach seems to encourage players to avoid using their heads as weapons, the researchers added. "We've found a way to decrease the number of impacts...

Noisy Electronic Toys May Hamper Babies' Verbal Skills

Posted: 12/30/15 13:54

As parents scramble to find the perfect gifts for their children this Christmas, new research suggests that electronic toys that light up, talk or play music might slow language development in toddlers. These pricey toys may seem ideal for developing minds, but researchers at Northern Arizona University said they found just the opposite: when toys talk and sing, babies don't. "These results provide a basis for discouraging the purchase of...

A Newborn's Heart Attack Shows Heart Can Regrow, Recover

Posted: 12/23/15 14:31

Scientists who saved the life of a newborn after a massive heart attack say the case shows that the human heart can fully recover after suffering major damage. The heart attack suffered by the infant in the first hours of life was caused by a blockage in one of the heart's main blood vessels. "The baby's heart was severely damaged. Astonishingly, the baby recovered very quickly," study author Bernhard Haubner, from the Institute of Molecular...

Therapeutic Riding Proves More Than Horse Play

Posted: 12/16/15 17:04

Eddie Brennan is all charged up. The hyper 4-year-old, who has autism, has already charged through a puddle, and writhes as his nanny struggles to remove his shoes and socks. But when Brennan climbs on the back of Kattie, a dark bay therapy horse, something magical happens. The kinetic little boy becomes like Jell-O, melting into the horse, contented and somehow soothed. He sits or lays on its back - even rides backward. It's as if he has a connection...

Parental Absence Affects Brain Development in Children

Posted: 12/09/15 18:16

Researchers in China have found that children who have been left without direct parental care for extended periods of time show larger gray matter volumes in the brain, according to a study being presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Throughout the world, due to political upheaval, economic necessity or other reasons, parents sometimes are compelled to travel away from home for months or years at a time, leaving their...

Parents Aiming Too High Can Harm Child's Academic Performance

Posted: 12/02/15 17:29

When parents have high hopes for their children's academic achievement, the children tend to do better in school, unless those hopes are unrealistic, in which case the children may not perform well in school, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. "Our research revealed both positive and negative aspects of parents' aspiration for their children's academic performance. Although parental aspiration can help improve children's...

More Gluten Before Age 2 Linked to Celiac Disease in At-Risk Kids

Posted: 11/25/15 14:27

Children who eat more foods with gluten before they're 2 years old have a greater risk of developing celiac disease if they carry a genetic risk factor for the condition, new research suggests. "This finding offers insight into why some, but not all, children at genetic risk develop celiac disease," lead study author Carin Andren Aronsson, from the department of clinical sciences at Lund University in Sweden, said in a prepared...

Study Finds Blood Test May Detect Concussion in Kids

Posted: 11/18/15 17:23

A simple blood test may one day be able to detect concussions in children, a new study suggests. The test, which has already been used in adults, detected traumatic brain injuries in kids 94 percent of the time. More important, a negative result means a CT scan, and the radiation exposure it brings, may not be needed the researchers said. "When a child comes in with a head injury, we have to decide whether they have a concussion," said study...

Dogs in the Home May Lower Kids' Odds for Asthma

Posted: 11/11/15 14:31

Exposure to dogs or farm animals early in life appears to reduce a child's risk of developing asthma, a new study shows. Researchers looked at more than one million Swedish children. They found that those who grew up with dogs in the home were nearly 15 percent less likely to develop asthma than those not exposed to dogs. The new study also confirmed earlier research showing that children who grow up on farms have lower rates of...

Airline Apologizes After Man With Cerebral Palsy Crawls Off Plane

Posted: 11/04/15 17:01

United Airlines issued an apology after an incident in which a man with cerebral palsy crawled from his airline seat through the airplane because he had to use the bathroom. D'Arcee Neal, 29, of Washington, D.C., was returning on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco and told CBS that a mixup at the gate left him without a wheelchair that would fit in the aisles to get him off the plane. He waited 15 minutes for the other...

'Sesame Street' Unveils Character With Autism

Posted: 10/28/15 20:35

The makers of "Sesame Street" say Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Grover are getting a new friend with autism as part of an effort to reduce stigma and help those on the spectrum learn life skills. Sesame Workshop said Wednesday that it is introducing a new character named Julia, a preschool girl with autism who "does things a little differently when playing with her friends." Julia is part of the nonprofit's "See Amazing in All...

Lazy Eye Treated By Watching Movies: Keeps Kids Entertained While Strengthening Weak Eyes

Posted: 10/21/15 19:30

For decades, children with amblyopia, or a "lazy-eye," have been treated by wearing a patch over the stronger eye to strengthen the weaker eye. Lazy eye is the most common cause of vision problems in children, who end up having a harder time <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align:...

Parents Can Take Steps to Help Make Homework Less Stressful

Posted: 10/14/15 20:14

Homework may be stressful for kids and parents alike, and it can be especially difficult for children with learning and behavior challenges, experts say. Parents can take steps, however, to make homework less of a burden for the entire family, said education specialist Barbara Resnick, of the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. "Establish a routine for homework, and dedicate a set time for it to get done," she...


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