Top autism news from the week of July 21, 2014.
Genetics plays more of a role in the development of autism than environmental causes, according to new research published Sunday in Nature Genetics.
The study found that 52% of autism risk comes from common genes, while only 2.6% are attributed to spontaneous mutations caused by, among other things, environmental factors.
A 2012 study from the Interactive Autism Network, funded in part by Autism Speaks, confirmed what many families affected by autism already know – wandering is common, dangerous and puts a tremendous stress on families. The study revealed about 50% of children with autism have wandered from safety. Over the last few weeks, there have been dozens of autism wandering emergencies all across the country.
Now biomedical scientists at the Univ. of California, Riverside have published a study that sheds light on the cause of autistic behaviors in FXS. Appearing online in the Journal of Neuroscience, the study describes how MMP-9, an enzyme, plays a critical role in the development of autistic behaviors and synapse irregularities, with potential implications for other autistic spectrum disorders.
Ethnic Minority Communities – ‘with autistic children are missing out on essential support because of language and cultural barriers’, The Voice article reports. The study by the National Autistic Society (NAS) revealed that, although families of all ethnicity who live with autism commonly battle to access a diagnosis and support, BMEs face additional challenges to get the help that they need.
A Swedish businesswoman’s plan to help children with autism has saved three abandoned Irish donkeys and could result in many more being rehomed.