Does Autism Run in Families?

Do the seeds of neurodiversity come from the family tree? It’s a question we’ve been asking in one form or another since the early 1900s, when psychiatrists first began writing about the collection of symptoms we now refer to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Over a century later, our understanding of autism has grown by…

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A Proposal to Change Medical Training Will Affect Autism Care – Scientific American

In the U.S., almost 20 percent of children have developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, learning disabilities or speech and language disorders. These disorders are usually diagnosed in childhood and have specific and time-intensive treatments based on severity. The prevalence of some of these disorders is rising, including autism. The Centers for Disease…

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Black and women researchers are less likely to hold three or more NIH grants simultaneously | Spectrum | Autism Research News

Unequal opportunities: Attaining “super principal investigator” status can be difficult for researchers who start with fewer resources. Stígur Már Karlsson / Getty Images Black and women researchers are less likely than their white male counterparts to have three or more grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) at one time, according to a…

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Traveling with Autism

Last month we celebrated Autism Awareness Month as an organization by launching an official partnership with Champion Autism Network (CAN). We invited Becky Large, Executive Director of Champion Autism Network & CEO of Autism Travel Club, to be a guest author on the Miles blog to share more about CAN’s mission and what destinations can do…

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Linking Oxytocin and Vasopressin: A Novel Pathway for Autism Therapy – Neuroscience News

Summary: Researchers discovered an oxytocin deficiency in patients with a rare vasopressin deficiency, a pituitary gland disease. This deficiency could potentially explain symptoms such as anxiety and social interaction difficulties that persist despite treatment. The findings suggest that disorders impacting vasopressin production may concurrently affect oxytocin production due to their close anatomical proximity. This breakthrough…

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