Autism

  • Parents of autistic child may resist having more kids June 19, 2014

    Washington: Parents with an autistic child are less likely to have more kids, which may be the result of a parental choice or circumstance rather than a reproductive problem, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) found that parents who have a child with...
  • Women have more resilient brains: Study March 3, 2014

    Washington: Women are able to carry higher levels of genetic defects without getting brain development disorders such as autism, a new study has found. The study provides compelling evidence in support of the "female protective model", which proposes that women require more extreme genetic mutations than do males to push them...
  • 1.3 mn 'like' friendless Michigan boy's Facebook birthday surprise February 13, 2014

    Michigan: A Michigan mother's attempt to cheer her 10-year-old son, who suffers from a disorder similar to autism and told her he had no friends, with a Facebook page has won the boy some 1.3 million fans on the social media site by Wednesday. Jennifer Cunningham created the site early this...
  • Scientists grow 'mini human brains' from stem cells August 30, 2013

    Scientists have grown the first mini human brains in a laboratory and say their success could lead to new levels of understanding about the way brains develop and what goes wrong in disorders like schizophrenia and autism. Researchers based in Austria started with human stem cells and created a culture in...
  • First vaccine to help control autism symptoms developed April 26, 2013

    Toronto: Scientists have developed the first-ever vaccine for gut bacteria common in autistic children that may also help control some autism symptoms. Researchers from the University of Guelph in Canada have developed a carbohydrate-based vaccine against the gut bug Clostridium bolteae. C bolteae is known to play a role in...
  • One in 50 school kids have autism in US: Officials March 21, 2013

    New York: A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 US schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder. Health officials say the new number doesn't mean autism is occurring more often. But it does suggest that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with...
  • Sonia urges Haryana women to fight against female infanticide March 9, 2013

    Sonepat: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday urged the women of Haryana to fight against social evils like female infanticide and other crimes against them. "You must raise your voice against social evils like female infanticide and crimes like rape. Why are the number of girls less here, it indicates a...
  • South Mumbai school welcomes autistic boy July 19, 2012

    Mumbai: A day after MiD DAY reported on the travails of a retired army man and his wife to secure admission for their ‘special needs’ child in any of the city’s ‘regular’ schools, Dunnes School in Colaba opened its gates to the boy (‘Eight schools shut their doors on Autistic...
  • 8 Mumbai schools shut their doors on autistic boy July 18, 2012

    Mumbai: Admission season is admittedly a stressful time for all parents, but for Lt Colonel (retd) S K Tewari and his wife, the ordeal has stretched to painful proportions. For months now, the former army man and his wife have been going from one school to another, pleading with authorities...
  • World Autism Day: BMC won't 'light it up blue' April 2, 2012

    Mumbai: It's World Autism Awareness Day on Monday, and over 300 iconic landmarks around the world will be bathed in blue light, to show support for 'Light It Up Blue', a worldwide initiative to help raise awareness about autism. While Rashtrapati Bhavan in the Capital city will change colour to...
  • Coping with autism, a poorly understood disorder April 2, 2012

    Mumbai: It is World Autism Awareness Day on Monday. At least 1 million people in India live with autism, which is a condition that is still very poorly understood. For many parents, one of the biggest challenge is teaching the world to adapt. From birth, Chitra Iyer knew that something...
  • Autism is a misunderstood condition: Salman Khan April 2, 2012

    Bollywood actor Salman Khan says that autism is a disorder, not a disease. ...
  • Living with Autism and the negative comments December 6, 2011

    Mumbai: At least 1 million people in India live with autism, a condition that is still very poorly understood. For many parents of children with disabilities, the big challenge is teaching the world to adapt. From birth, Chitra knew that something wasn't quite right with her son Shravan, who as an...
  • Little babies can figure out when you're sad July 2, 2011

    London: Three-month-old babies can recognize human voices and make out when your're sad. A UK study shows that the brain areas devoted to processing speech, develop quicker than suspected and could provide new insights into autism. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London started by getting a group of...
  • Winslet to write book for autism awareness... March 25, 2011

    Actress Kate Winslet is planning to write a photo book to spread awareness about autism. After narrating the documentary "A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism", about an Icelandic woman's fight to find a way for her autistic son to communicate, Kate established the Golden Hat Foundation, which offers speech training...
  • 'Fraud' autism related vaccine harms kids January 10, 2011

    New Delhi: The debate over the MMR vaccine possibly causing autism is over scientifically as the original study by Dr Andrew Wakefield was retracted by The Lancet and is now being called an elaborate fraud by the British Medical Journal, which says it's already done long-lasting damage to public health. The...
  • Study linking vaccine to autism was fraud January 6, 2011

    London: The first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism was based on doctored information about the children involved, according to a new report on the widely discredited research. The conclusions of the 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues was renounced by 10 of its 13 authors and later...
  • 'Closer': A film dealing with autism December 7, 2010

    Closer is a film by Meghana Gulzar which deals with autism. The film chronicles the story of people who are autistic and their family members. ...
  • No link between MMR vaccines and autism November 12, 2010

    New Delhi:<./b> There are many myths surrounding MMR vaccines and autism. Dr. Amit Verma gives advices on the myth. Scientifically the debate is over. The Lancet earlier in 2010 retracted a controversial article it had published back in 1998 that supposedly found a link between the MMR vaccine and children developing...
  • Log out of social networking on Nov 1 for a cause October 7, 2010

    Mumbai: Braving all the temptations, the twitterati and the Facebook addicts will come together Nov 1 and shut down all means of social networking to support the cause of autism, create awareness about the disorder and also raise funds for charity, an official said. Australia-based AEIOU Foundation first came up with...
  • Genes causing risk of autism identified June 11, 2010

    Dozens of genes that seem to increase the risk of getting autism have been identified, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. Researchers collected genetic data from a 1000 people with autism spectrum disorder and a 1,300 people without the condition. They found that those with autism...
  • Slightly early births linked to autism, dyslexia June 9, 2010

    London: Babies born just 1 or 2 weeks before their 40-week gestation due date are more likely to develop learning difficulties such as autism or dyslexia, according to a British study. The findings show that even babies born at 39 weeks -- the point at which many women who choose...
  • CJ: Support, love people with autism April 2, 2010

    An estimated one out of 10,000 persons in India are autistic in varying degrees, according to a study done by the WHO. With good societal support people with autism can hope to be part of mainstream society. ...
  • Watch: New technique to deal with autism March 3, 2010

    A new technique to deal with autistic patients ...
  • Meet Asperger patient Achyutanal Guha February 15, 2010

    Meet 40-yr-old Achyutanal Guha, who has Asperger syndrome, the condition affecting the protagonist in My Name Is Khan. A form of autism, a person with Asperger retains a better degree of verbal communication. ...
  • Speech therapy helps to develop autistic child's voice April 2, 2009

    There are four million autistic children in India. About 40 per cent of them face problem in developing functional speech. ...
  • Scientists close to tracing autism in pre-natal stage January 30, 2009

    Autism is a severe developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life. But autism is not a disease. Certain autistic kids have an extraordinary grasp of facts. Now British scientists at Cambridge University's autism research centre are close to developing a prenatal test to...
  • Spreading the word on Autism Awareness Day April 3, 2008

    Mumbai: Citizen Journalist Chitra Iyer, parent of an autistic child helps spread awareness about autism on World Autism Awareness Day, April 2. Autism is a condition that roughly affects one in 150 children; boys are four times more likely to get it than girls. In a country like...
  • Autism Awareness Day observed today April 2, 2008

    New Delhi: Today is Autism Awareness Day and it is being marked in the world. But what picture comes to your mind when you think about an autistic child? “People have three typical notions of autistic children either too saintly, too much of a problem or too violent,” says Director, Action...
  • Listen: Freedom song on Autism Awareness Day April 2, 2008

    Wednesday is world's first ever Autism Awareness Day. And CNN-IBN salutes the spirit of millions of autistic children with a song called Freedom, written and sung by 18-year-old Nakul. ...