Using mice to understand the genetics behind autism

Numerous studies have tried to understand the genetic component of autism in an effort to understand the origins of the disorder. A few key genes have come up as important including a gene known as CHD8 or Chromodomain-helicase-DNA-binding protein 8. This gene has been shown to be mutated in some individuals with autism and be…

Low dose Suramin shows small improvements in males with Autism Spectrum Disorder, suggesting new theory about disease origins

Autism is a complex disorder with numerous suspected causes that include genetic abnormalities, exposure to certain prescription drugs during pregnancy, a children born to older parents. At the heart of it autism is considered to be a problem of abnormal brain development that may result in an inability to prune unnecessary neurons from the brain.…

Time to end this nonsense: Vaccines DO NOT cause autism

Let’s jump straight to the point. There has been no credible study to date that shows a link between vaccinations and the development of autism. Did everyone read that? No evidence what so ever. Need proof? Here are four, properly designed studies to give you the proof you need: 498 children with autism. Result: NO…

Pollution, pregnancy and the link to autism

Autism has been the focus of much research and media attention over the past couple years ever since the false suggestion that the MMR vaccines cause autism. Luckily, there has been some good quality research recently that has begun to unravel the mechanisms behind autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We know from previous research…

Is autism a problem of too many connections in the brain?

Autism is a disorder characterized by impairments in social relationships, trouble communicating, behavioural problems, dependence upon a routine and others. Autism is not a single disease (like say cystic fibrosis) but instead is made up of a variety of disorders, like Asperger’s syndrome or Pervasive development disorder, which are collectively termed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD…