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[19/01/2015] Early detection of autism in children is the key for treatments to be most effective and produce the best outcomes. Using advanced three-dimensional imaging and statistical analysis techniques, researchers at the University of Missouri have identified facial measurements in children with autism that may lead to a screening tool for young children and provide clues to its genetic causes.Advanced 3-D facial imaging may aid in early detection of autism - Read more
[14/01/2015] As the rate of children with autism in the U.S. continues to grow, a new study published in top-ranked journal Pediatrics shows that medical professionals can't rely solely on their clinical judgment to detect autism risk.Pediatricians miss autism symptoms in brief checkups - Read more
[07/01/2015] An ageing population means that increasing numbers of people need to spend time caring for elderly relatives. These carers experience high levels of stress; and if they are also in work, their careers are affected and their employers too could suffer if they lose the services of skilled people for sustained periods. Now, two University of Huddersfield researchers have begun to investigate.Carers for the elderly experience stress and their careers suffer - Read more
[05/01/2015] Dogs and other pets play an important role in individuals' social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills of children with autism, a researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home.Children with autism who live with pets are more assertive - Read more
[08/12/2014] The risk of developing type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease is affected by exposures in the uterus. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden are now calling for updated guidelines in light of research evidence from the past decades.Type 2 diabetes risk starts in pregnancy - Read more
[03/12/2014] Imperceptible variations in movement patterns among individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are important indicators of the severity of the disorder in children and adults. For the first time, researchers at Indiana University and Rutgers University report developing a quantitative way to assess these otherwise ignored variations in movement and link those variations to a diagnosis.Minute movements of autistic children and parents provide clue to severity of disorder - Read more