Megan Hegge

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In Autism, the Importance of the Gut

Behavior problems may be explained by serotonin and bacteria in the bowels.<p>GreenFlames09/Flickr<p>Michael, an autistic boy living in New York City, started scratching and picking at his face when he was about seven years old. Before long, he was gnawing on the side of his thumb. Along the bottom of …

Breastfeeding possible deterrent to autism

The emergence of autism in young children appears to result from dysmyelination of brain neurons, related to inadequate supply of insulin-like growth …

Autism: A Whole Body Disorder?

In 1943, a child psychiatrist, Leo Kanner M.D., first described autism. Since then, the "blame" for autistic children that had originally been erroneously placed on parents, particularly mothers, has largely disappeared. But before it did, and with the approval of some experts, mothers of children …

Different Parts Of Brain Affected By Autism In Women And Men, Study Finds

Different parts of the brain are affected in women with autism than in men with autism, according to a new study.<p>Autism is known to affect boys more often than girls -- one in 54 boys, versus one in 252 girls -- and this new finding provides evidence for researchers that the condition might not …

The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism

The human voice appears to trigger pleasure circuits in the brains of typical kids, but not children with autism, a Stanford University team reports. The finding could explain why many children with autism seem indifferent to spoken words.<p>The Stanford team used functional MRI to compare the brains …

Autism May Start In The Gut, Study Finds

<i>By Amir Khan</i><p>An autism breakthrough may be sitting in your gut, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. The gut bacteria of autistic children is vastly different than that of typical children, and researchers say that bringing their gut bacteria into line with a typical child …

It's Not Easy Being Green: Living With Autism and Synesthesia

<b>Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.</b><p>The recent discovery that my son Jeremy sees and feels emotions as colors has been a life changer. Until now, I only saw the difficulties associated with his living in a world that is too …

Brains of women with autism show masculine traits

Do women who are on the autism spectrum have brains that are more “masculine”?<p>A team of researchers at Cambridge University's Autism Research Center has found striking similarities between the structural anomalies found in the brains of women with autism spectrum disorder and neurobiological …

How two Canadian companies are trying to solve the riddle of prefab

Last week at the Interior Design Show in Toronto, the convention-centre floor was full of things you could buy to make your domestic life more beautiful: sofas, faucets, rugs – and a modernist house that was built in a factory.<p>The house, a new product called the Solo 40, is an example of …

Kids Who Have A Sibling With Autism Are 7 Times More Likely To Be Diagnosed As Well (STUDY)

By Genevra Pittman<p>NEW YORK | Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:36am EDT<p>(Reuters Health) - Children who have an older sibling with autism are seven times more likely than other kids to be diagnosed with the disorder themselves, according to a new study from Denmark.<p>That extra risk is smaller than had been …

Fully Customizable AutisMate App Launches for Kids with Autism

Launching today, the app aims to be a communication and learning tool<p>The iPad has had a tremendous impact in the education and development of kids …

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Kids With Autism May Have Poorer Sleep

Kids with autism may sleep less each night due to disturbed sleep than children without the condition, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from the U.K. and Canada found that starting at around age 2 until 11, kids with autism tended to sleep 17 to 43 fewer minutes each night than their peers …

Are Autism, Gut, GFCF Diet, And Anxiety Connected?

The investigators found no association whatsoever between having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and having a celiac diagnosis. That’s pretty clear. What gets less clear, however, is what they found when they looked at associations between positive results for a blood test for celiac and the …

Brain scans could one day help diagnose autism earlier

Brain scans may reveal signs of autism, which could eventually aid in early intervention therapies, according to new research.<p>Researchers using a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner measured the brain activity of volunteers with autism spectrum disorders against controls and say …

Autism

Children who have autism far more likely to have tummy troubles

GI problems are linked to problem behaviors in children with autism, developmental delay.<p>Children with autism experience gastrointestinal (GI) upsets such as constipation, diarrhea and sensitivity to foods six-to-eight times more often than do children who are developing typically, and those …

Study Finds Breastfeeding Is Key To Autism Prevention

A New-York based researcher has found that <b>breastfeeding baby may help prevent autism.</b> The research, performed by Gary Steinman, from the Touro …

Breast cancer risk can be predicted using new technique

A new way of predicting a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer has been developed.<p>Researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, US, have produced a statistical formula that calculates a woman’s risk of developing the disease over a 10 and 20 year period.<p>The technique, which examines …

Liftware Spoon Helps With Parkinson's Tremors

A new smart spoon can be a vital tool in helping stabilize Parkinson’s tremors. San Francisco-based Lift Labs’ patented Liftware Spoon uses an …

An In-Ear Brain Monitor Could Watch For Seizures Discreetly

The hearing-aid sized device could allow researchers to record EEG data over multiple days, even as patients move around.<p>Measuring the brain's electric signals, a process called electroencephalography (EEG), is a useful way to diagnose seizures and evaluate sleep disorders. Attaching a jumble of …

Heartbeats to replace traditional passwords

Our heartbeats could be used instead of traditional passwords to unlock smartphones, tablets and cars using a new device being developed by Canadian company Bionym.<p>Passwords scrawled on a scrap of paper are easily lost, jumbled letters and numbers are quickly forgotten and, with “password” still …

Can a blood test detect autism? Google Ventures is betting it can

As autism grows more prevalent, early detection is crucial<p>The chances a child will receive a diagnosis of autism has increased 72 percent over the last five years, a dramatic rise that has stumped many health care experts. While there is no cure for autism, early detection and treatment in the form …

A Toddler Remains HIV-Free, Raising Hope For Babies Worldwide

A 3-year-old girl born in Mississippi with HIV acquired from her mother during pregnancy remains free of detectable virus at least 18 months after she stopped taking antiviral pills.<p>New results on this child, published online by the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i>, appear to green-light a study in …

Mapping elephantiasis in Ethiopia

There are two principal causes of elephantiasis, or lymphoedema, in the tropics. The most common cause, and already known to be a significant public health problem, is lymphatic filariasis (LF). The other main cause is podoconiosis: a form of elephantiasis arising in barefoot subsistence farmers …

Gene makes heart stronger without exercise

<b>CASE WESTERN RESERVE (US) —</b> A single gene that suppresses breast cancer also makes hearts healthier, a new study shows.<p>Researchers discovered the …

Medicine

Meet The Sourpuss Gene

A genetic variant predisposes people to perceive events more negatively than others.<p>The inability to look on the bright side might have a genetic basis. A new study from the University of British Columbia has found a genetic variant might make the negative more salient than the positive for its …

Photography: Genetic Portraits

Today's post may strike you as a little eerie at first scroll but we're excited to share Genetic Portraits, a photographic research project exploring …

New Genetic Therapy Provides Breakthrough for Down Syndrome | The Takeaway | WNYC

Every year, 6,000 American babies are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, the genetic cause of Down Syndrome. But this week, doctors at the …