A new study has reviewed various interventions that have been used to treat behaviours such as pica (the consumption of non-edible objects) in children with ASD. Certain behavioural interventions have been shown to have an average of 96% success rate, and what is more the techniques can be practiced by parents at home.
Researchers have found that observing the components of an individual’s saliva could help to lead to a simple test to diagnose autism.
Autism has previously been linked to the increased number of synapses in the brain (the connections between the brain cells). This has been attributed to the brain’s inability to sufficiently prune its synapses, resulting in an excess of them. However, a new study suggests that it is actually the brain producing too many synapses, rather than failing to adequately prune them.
A team of researchers from the University of Manchester has done a study which looks at whether it is possible to prevent a child from developing autism, even if they are at high risk.
A team of researchers from the University of California – San Diego have discovered that a drug, Suramin, can be used to block cells’ responses to danger, and therefore allows them to begin to resume normal communication with one another. This reverses the symptoms of people with ASD caused by Fragile X Syndrome.