Researchers identify relevant autism genes

by Raghunandad Avula – Researchers have had recent success in understanding the genetic basis for neuropsychiatric diseases. Kathryn Roeder, an assistant professor in the department of statistics and the Lane Center for Computational Biology at Carnegie Mellon, and Bernie Devlin, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, recently led an international research team that […]

More and more, we choose a chemical solution for ADHD

by Belinda Luscombe – Until recently, 90% of all Ritalin takers lived in the U.S. Now, America is home to only 75% of Ritalin users. But that’s not because Americans are using less of the drug, says a Brandeis professor. That’s because ADHD diagnoses, and treatment via pharmaceuticals are growing in other parts of the […]

FDA acknowledges autism risk from Depakote use during pregnancy

by Jane Mundy – Over the past few years, a number of women who took Depakote while pregnant have filed complaints with LawyersandSettlements regarding a possible link to autism. The FDA has finally acknowledged that exposure to Depakote during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism spectrum disorders. In August 2014, AbbVie Inc. (formerly Abbott), […]

Jerry Seinfeld has no substantial connection to autism

by Rogel Alpher – Jerry Seinfeld told an American television interviewer recently that he believes he is slightly autistic. A bit on the spectrum. Autism lite. Seinfeld based his public self-diagnosis on what he was feeling – that sometimes he doesn’t really understand what people are telling him. As a result, in the minds of […]

We should not accept autism insults

by Gretnablue – I was diagnosed as Autistic when I was 2 and re-diagnosed when I was 10. I was screwed over by the vaccination scare (I only got my MMR jab once I came of age that I could make an appointment myself and had to do it behind my parents back). This one […]

State legislation prompts companies to add autism coverage benefits

by Jay Greene – Despite an ongoing shortage of behavioral therapists to treat children with autism in Michigan, legislation approved two years ago that set up a $26 million fund to reimburse self-insured companies has resulted in more than 60 companies offering coverage for their workers. The three-bill legislative package mandated autism HMO coverage and […]

Classroom behavior management apps raise privacy worries


By Natasha Singer – For better or for worse, the third graders in Greg Fletcher’s class at Hunter Elementary School always know where they stand. One morning in mid-October, Mr. Fletcher walked to the front of the classroom where an interactive white board displayed ClassDojo, a behavior-tracking app that lets teachers award points or subtract […]

Service dog could prevent girl with autism from wandering

Service dogs have been used for years, most recently used by children diagnosed with autism; now one local family is in line to receive one for their 4-year-old daughter. Two years ago doctors diagnosed Gabriella Rushing with autism and sensory processing disorder. At about the same time as she began to walk, her parents noticed […]