Cats May Help Increase Empathy, Decrease Anxiety for Kids with Autism

Cats May Help Increase Empathy, Decrease Anxiety for Kids with Autism As a former school nurse in the Columbia Public Schools, Gretchen Carlisle would often interact with students with disabilities who took various medications or had seizures throughout the day. At some schools, the special education teacher would bring in

How Does the Immune System Keep Tabs on the Brain?

How Does the Immune System Keep Tabs on the Brain? Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, autism, schizophrenia and many other neurological and psychiatric conditions have been linked to inflammation in the brain. There’s growing evidence that immune cells and molecules play a key role in normal brain development and function as

African American Children with Autism Experience Long Delays in Diagnosis

African American Children with Autism Experience Long Delays in Diagnosis Diagnosing autism in children as early as possible is essential to improving their language, social and cognitive skills. But often the diagnosis is made relatively late — even after some children begin elementary school. In the United States, diagnostic delays

Potential Biomarker for Autism Identified in Infants

Potential Biomarker for Autism Identified in Infants A biomarker in newborns may signal autism spectrum disorder months or even years before troubling symptoms develop and such diagnoses typically are made. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Stanford University found that some newborns had very low