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MIT & Duke Researchers are Re-Creating Traits of Autism in Mice

By mutating the Shank3 gene in mice, researchers at MIT and Duke have produced compulsive and repetitive behaviors along with avoidance of social interaction. As these are common traits of individuals with Autism, the researchers are hopeful that the new information gained from this study will help guide future treatments and drugs for humans with Autism.

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Sat, 03/26/2011 - 23:12

Sensory Jump Time & Great Open Jump at Pump It Up in April

In April, Pump It Up locations across the country will be debuting a new "sensory entertainment program designed exclusively for children with autism." The new Sensory Jump Time, which will be an ongoing program, will be unveiled on April 7th just before the 3rd Annual Great Open Jump fundraiser to benefit Autism Speaks.

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Mon, 03/21/2011 - 17:20

Students with Autism & Asperger's Develop & Market iPad App - Soroban

Students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome at nonPareil Institute in Plano, Texas have created their first iPad App; it is now available via Apple iTunes.

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Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:51

Study Shows Diet May Help Kids with ADHD More Than Drugs

"Kids with ADHD can be restless and difficult to handle. Many of them are treated with drugs, but a new study says food may be the key. Published in The Lancet journal, the study suggests that with a very restrictive diet, kids with ADHD could experience a significant reduction in symptoms."

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Sun, 03/13/2011 - 10:10

Doctor Addresses the Environment's Impact on Children's Health

According to the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch, Dr. Maida P. Galvez, M.D., of Mount Sinai Medical Center recently addressed the League of Women Voters (LWV) regarding the environment and the state of children's health today.

From the article: “Children are more vulnerable than adults, pound per pound,” said Dr. Galvez. “They process toxins differently, and have windows of vulnerability. Their brains are developing, and they have more years of future life after the exposure, meaning a longer shelf life for the risk of disease later in their adult life.”

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Fri, 03/11/2011 - 11:27