Friday, June 20, 2014

Autism symptoms 'reversed' in mice by 100-year-old drug

An interesting finding reveals that a century-old drug, suramin , for African sleeping sickness has been used in a new study to reverse symptoms of autism in a mouse model.

 However, the biological and behavioral benefits of suramin were not permanent, nor preventive. A single dose remained effective in the mice for about five weeks, and then washed out. Moreover, suramin cannot be taken long-term since it can result in anemia and adrenal gland dysfunction. Still, Naviaux said these and earlier findings are sufficiently encouraging to soon launch a small phase 1 clinical trial with children who have ASD. He expects the trial to begin later this year. "Obviously correcting abnormalities in a mouse is a long way from a cure in humans, but we think this approach - antipurinergic therapy - is a new and fresh way to think about and address the challenge of autism. read more

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Intense World Theory: The boy whose brain could unlock autism

Autism changed Henry Markram’s family. Now his Intense World theory could transform our understanding of the condition.

SOMETHING WAS WRONG with Kai Markram. At five days old, he seemed like an unusually alert baby, picking his head up and looking around long before his sisters had done. By the time he could walk, he was always in motion and required constant attention just to ensure his safety.
“He was super active, batteries running nonstop,” says his sister, Kali. And it wasn’t just boyish energy: When his parents tried to set limits, there were tantrums—not just the usual kicking and screaming, but biting and spitting, with a disproportionate and uncontrollable ferocity; and not just at age two, but at three, four, five and beyond. Kai was also socially odd : Sometimes he was withdrawn, but at other times he would dash up to strangers and hug them...... more

Friday, March 14, 2014

Causal link indicated between vitamin D, serotonin synthesis and autism

A new study by Rhonda Patrick, PhD and Bruce Ames, PhD of Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) demonstrates the impact that Vitamin D may have on social behavior associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Patrick and Dr. Ames show that serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin, three brain hormones that affect social behavior, are all activated by vitamin D hormone. Autism, which is characterized by abnormal social behavior, has previously been linked to low levels of serotonin in the brain and to low vitamin D levels, but no mechanism has linked the two until now..........
Causal link indicated between vitamin D, serotonin synthesis and autism.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


FINALLY!!!!, Autism Read & Write have been released to Google Play.

This new application, that we have created, is intended to help Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) children the basics of reading and writing.

Go to GooglePlay test it  and give us your opinion.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Propranolol Could Improve Working Memory In Autism

People with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often have trouble communicating and interacting with others because they process language, facial expressions and social cues differently. Previously, researchers found that propranolol , a drug commonly used to treat high blood pressure, anxiety and panic, could improve the language abilities and social functioning of people with an ASD. Now, University of Missouri investigators say the prescription drug also could help improve the working memory abilities of individuals with autism ......

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Children May Outgrow Autism

As children age, some who were diagnosed as autistic lose their symptoms and their autism diagnosis.

The new research, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and conducted by a group of investigators from the University of Connecticut, looked at 34 children who had been diagnosed with autism in childhood, but later in life functioned as well as 34 other school children without any autistic symptoms ......

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Could be this the definitive solution for autism ?

Interesting discovery by Professors Peter Scheiffele and Kaspar Vogt at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel

Link: Neuronal Circuits In Autism Can Be Reversed

Meanwhile remember that the language and conductual therapies are the most succesfull methods for increasing the independence of  ASD children

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